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The Billion Pound Gamble - next screening of film about privatisation in Barnet SW1A

Location: UK » London » SW

When: Monday 19 November 2012, 7:00pm


Where: Palace of Westminster, Committee Room 12, House of Commons, London SW1A 2TT

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Next screening: Monday 19 Nov, 7pm - 9pm.


Palace of Westminster
Committee Room 12
Same time 6.30 for a 7 pm start

Directions: Please go to the Cromwell Road Entrance.
There will be people in the Central Lobby (house of Commons) to direct you to Committee Room 12. Say you are going to see the Billion Pound Gamble Film in Committee Room 12.
The screening is in House of Commons which means there will be security checks so make sure you get there early.

The Billion Pound Gambles is a film about life in an era of council cuts and outsourcing in the London Borough of Barnet as the council heads towards a mass outsourcing deal which will see a billion pounds handed to the private sector to provide council services.

The film explores how the people of Barnet are coping with changes to parking, cuts to care budgets and the effects that the council’s One Barnet outsourcing programme is having on the lives of residents.

The film features interviews with residents from all walks of life in Barnet detailing their experiences of life in 2012. Interviews with Olympic Torchbearers, gold medal winners from the special Olympics, local business people and stories from carers and disabled people are interspersed with some of the landmark sites and local events which have happened in Barnet in 2012.

The film is the followup to the highly claimed “Tale of Two Barnets” and has been directed by Charles Honderick and produced by Roger Tichborne, who runs the acclaimed Barneteye blog.

The film has been made in direct response to requests from local people who saw “A Tale of Two Barnets” and wanted to see the stories behind the stories.

After the success of the film, many people approached the director and producer and wanted to participate in a follow up. The production team found that “A Tale of Two Barnets” had only scratched the surface of the story.

This film lifts the lid on the real life stories of the people you never get to see and tells you the stories that Barnet council does not want you to hear.

Charles Honderick said:

“The response to the film (A Tale of Two Barnets) has been overwhelming. So much has changed and moved on since January, when we finished filming the film. I have been inundated with requests to make a follow up.

We have also received several donations from ordinary members of the public to help with the costs. It reached the point where it would have been impossible not to make a follow up”.

John Burgess UNISON Branch Secretary said:

“I would encourage every Barnet resident and UNISON member to try and get along to this screening. Barnet is a great place to live and work but we believe the council’s One Barnet Programme could change all that. In these difficult times, it is even more important for politicians to listen to the views and concerns of Barnet residents”

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