BAPS and community of Barnet Occupy Hendon Town Hall
Victim of Capita deal recently made redundant speaks up anonymously
On the 6th of December around 7pm residents of Barnet disrupted a public meeting at Hendon Town Hall. Ten local councilors were expected to award Capita, a large private company, £300,000 million pounds with which to begin privatizing over seventy percent of Barnet’s public services including Social Care Direct, Health and Safety, Children’s Service and more. The local campaign to keep Barnet’s services publicly owned has been raging for over three years. The residents, lead by Barnet Alliance For Public Services [or BAPS] interrupted the meeting and read a statement condemning the council’s failure to represent their views.
Having successfully derailed the meeting to hand Barnet’s services over to Capita, the locals decided to hold a people’s assembly in the town hall. The assembly used methods of direct democracy used by the assembly movements in Spain and Greece and the global Occupy movement. The assembly was intended to allow people to openly express their views and to offer proposals about what to do in a truly democratic way.