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I would like to thank the Ham&High for highlighting yet another gaffe made by the Lib-Dem/Tory administration (Lib-Dem s crime pledge is undermined by gaffe, H&H August 14). What hypocrisy – Chris Huhne MP, Lib Dem Camden Council Leader Keith Moffitt and

I would like to thank the Ham&High for highlighting yet another gaffe made by the Lib-Dem/Tory administration (Lib-Dem's crime pledge is undermined by gaffe, H&H August 14).

What hypocrisy - Chris Huhne MP, Lib Dem Camden Council Leader Keith Moffitt and executive member Janet Grauberg praising the work of the Castlehaven Community Association after cutting their funding. As stated by chief executive of CCA, Eleanor Botwright: "This funding cut means the centre could be looking at redundancies or downsizing".

This excellent project, as highlighted by the Lib Dems, should be praised for its work and rewarded with funding, not just words. Where's the action to follow up those empty words?

Last year Camden Council had an underspend of over £10 million. I would like to plead with the Lib-Dem/Tory administration to please, please spend some of that underspend on services for young people in some of the most deprived areas in Camden.


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The Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre in my ward has also had its funding cut. This is an excellent project that has raised more than £1million to refurbish the youth centre, only to be shocked by the news that the council is cutting its revenue funding.

This means that they will have an excellent facility but no youth workers. The Regent's Park estate is an area with anti-social behaviour and youth conflict issues, but the work done by the Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre and the Surma Youth Centre has helped to reduce both problems.

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The Queen's Crescent Community Association is yet another excellent project that has had its youth funding cut. This is in an area which has been at the centre of some horrific incidents and conflicts involving groups of young people.

Once again I would like to plead with the council to stop using empty words and spend some of that £10 million underspend on the provision of services for young people. After all, actions speak louder than words.

Cllr Nasim Ali

Deputy Leader of Camden Labour Group, Regent's Park Ward

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