Brent stands united against racism and inequality

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UK Borough of Brent

Brent stands united against racism and inequality

A message from Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council

The tragic and shameful killing of George Floyd in the United States last week has rightly caused an outpouring of anger. His appalling and brutal death at the hands of the police, and the resulting protests around the world, have shone a light on the deep inequality and systematic racism that exist in society.

I’ve heard the pain expressed by many of you. I want you to know that Brent Council stands with our Black residents, the Black Lives Matter campaign and against all forms of prejudice and injustice. As a community and council we are proud of our diversity. We will not tolerate injustice or brutality in our borough. 

The coronavirus pandemic is a further, painful example of the inequality on our own doorstep. Covid-19 has hit London, and Brent, particularly hard. People from black and Asian ethnic groups are up to twice as likely to die from the virus as those from a white British background. The high risk rates for those living in deprived areas and from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are simply unacceptable.

Since the start of the pandemic, the council has worked closely with Brent’s varied communities to provide local support and meet their specific needs. We are determined to play our part in building a healthier, fairer London, reducing inequality as we fight this deadly virus, which is still very much among us.

Earlier this week I was inundated with messages from residents furious at the illegal street party that took place in Harlesden on Tuesday evening. The people involved in this late night gathering put themselves – and their friends and families – at enormous risk of serious illness in an area already hard hit by coronavirus. 

Events like this cost lives and must not be repeated. Within the next week you will see advertising appearing in some of the borough’s busiest streets warning about the risk of bringing the virus home and infecting your loved ones. We are also continuing to work with community, faith and mutual aid groups, to reach and support our most at risk residents.

To help bring everyone in the borough together, faith leaders are calling for people of faith and no-faith to join together to pray or reflect at home on the same time on Thursday 11 June at 8pm. I hope you will join me in taking part while social distancing.

Please continue to stay safe this weekend. Let’s stand together at this difficult time.

Guidance if you’re on the ‘shielded’ list

If you have been asked to ‘shield’ yourself because you’re most at risk of coronavirus, you can now safely spend time outdoors. If you decide to do this:

  • Always stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people
  • Try not to leave your home more than once a day
  • Go out on your own or with people you live with
  • If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one other person - ideally the same person each time
  • Go outside when there are fewer people around, such as early in the morning
  • Do not go anywhere indoors such as into shops

For more information on how to protect yourself if you’re at high risk, please see the NHS advice for people at high risk from coronavirus.


Faith organisations call for joint prayer and reflection

Faith leaders from Brent’s Multi-Faith Forum have come together to produce a short video showing solidarity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to bring all people together in one of the most diverse boroughs in London.

Following on from the message of unity in this video, we are calling for people of faith and no-faith to join together to pray or reflect at home at the same time on Thursday 11 June at 8pm.

The places of worship across Brent can also call out in their own way:

  • If you are a church, ring out your bell
  • If you are a mosque, call people to Adhan
  • If you are a synagogue, pray privately
  • If you are a temple, call for Prathana
  • If you are a spiritual centre, meditate
  • Whatever your belief take part in your own way

For anyone who takes part, please continue to observe social distancing.

>>Watch here


Foster carers needed to help vulnerable children

Whilst the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is having an impact on us all, some things do not change - our local vulnerable children continue to need loving people like you to look after them. This is why we are calling out for new foster carers to join us to make sure we have enough available homes for our young people.

Anyone who lives in Brent or the neighbouring area and meets the fostering requirements can apply to become a foster parent.

>>Find out more


Civic Centre turns purple to support Black Lives Matter

Brent Civic Centre was lit purple in support of Black Lives Matter, a global campaign against violence and systematic racism towards black people. This follows protests taking place across the world following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

>>Read more


Mental Health Awareness Week: Brent 2020 and VICE UK Daily Podcast

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, VENT Weekly released an episode every day - all about mental health. Chosen by Brent’s young people, our hosts delved into topics from anxiety and toxic relationships, to mental health in BAME communities and loneliness in youth.

>>Listen now


Statement from the Met Commissioner

"Justice and accountability should follow." The National Police Chiefs Council representing senior police officers across the UK released a statement standing in support with those appalled by the recent events in the US.

>>Read here


Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The furlough scheme now allows employers to decide the right arrangements for them and their furloughed staff, meaning furloughed staff could return on a part-time basis, while still being able to claim CJRS for their normal hours not worked. From August HMRC will not reimburse any pension or national insurance costs.

>>Find out more

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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Extended

The self-employment income support scheme has been extended. Applications will open in August. The second final grant will be paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of average monthly profits, capped at £6,570 in total.

>>Find out more


Thousands of Brent households to receive emergency financial assistance during the Coronavirus pandemic

The new scheme will provide over 7,000 households in need of emergency financial support with a one-off payment of £150 towards their Council Tax bill.

>>Find out more

Emergency help and support

Do you need help getting food or medicine delivered to you while you’re in isolation? If you are struggling and need extra help, call our helpline on 020 8937 1234 open 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday or email

More emergency help and support

Financial support for residents

Support for businesses and employers

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