Together we can build a better Ilford.

JAS ATHWAL

For Ilford South

Introducing

Jas Athwal

Ilford South residents deserve an alternative to the near decade of austerity we have endured under successive Conservative governments. We deserve better than closing hospitals and overstretched schools.

We deserve better than the politics of hate and division spread by the Tories and government funded buses telling immigrants they are not welcome.

I have delivered as the Leader of Redbridge Council and now I am ready to step up and fight for my neighbours as the next Labour MP for Ilford South.

Short Biography

What Jas believes in

  • Everything
  • My Vision for Ilford
  • The Redbridge Story

Building a Fairer Society

We should all feel safe and welcome in the country we call home…

Investing in Ilford

For too long we have been overlooked by a disinterested Conservative government…

Reclaiming our Streets

Cuts to the Police endanger communities and endanger police officers too.

Equality & Diversity

We have actively increased women and ethnic minority representation in the Labour group.

Crime & Safety

With police numbers cut, we are investing in the safety of our residents.

Housing & Homelessness

We’ve built the first new council houses in 10 years in Redbridge.

Community Regeneration

We have launched the biggest regeneration agenda in the council’s history.

Budget & Council Practices

Redbridge has been recognised as one of the most cost-effective councils in the UK.

Health & Social Care

We have successfully campaigned to save King George A&E.

What Jas stands for

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3 days ago

Jas Athwal - Leader of Redbridge Council

A brand new five-million-pound centre to help tackle homelessness in Ilford, East London, has opened its doors to help those in need of a roof over their heads.

Project Malachi is a joint venture funded to the tune of £5million by The Salvation Army and Redbridge Council. The building is made up of 42 self-contained flats, finished and decorated to provide safe and comfortable homes.

It has been named Malachi Place in recognition of Malachi Justin, a ten-year-old boy who became concerned about people sleeping rough in Ilford. When his first baby tooth fell out at the age of five-years-old, Malachi gave his £5 tooth fairy money to the local Salvation Army, along with a note asking them to spend it on helping homeless people.

Five years later, this little boy's dream of a better future for rough sleepers is a reality with the opening of new pioneering homeless complex on Monday 24 February.

Starting with the tooth fairy money, a further £350,000 was raised from local fundraising and charitable trusts. The Salvation Army topped that up to £2.5 million in funding and running costs for the next five years. Redbridge Council provided the land free of charge and funded a further £2.5m to pay for construction.

Among the first residents moving into Malachi Place will be Frank Wrona, aged 40, a recovering addict originally from the north of England who has been sleeping rough on and off for three years. Since taking control of his addictions, Frank has been desperate to find a place to live and get a permanent job. Frank said: “I just want to get settled and move on with my life so getting a room at Malachi Place gets me one step closer to achieving that.”

Malachi Place will provide year-round accommodation and support for people who have been sleeping rough. The Salvation Army will provide specialist 24-hour on-site support for residents to help them deal with the many issues that led them to sleeping rough, like domestic violence, childhood trauma, relationship breakdown, as well as mental ill health.

The flats were fitted out off site and lifted into position by crane to create the four-storey building. Each flat has a bed/sitting room with its own cooking facilities and private toilet and shower. There is also a bicycle workshop which will open in May where residents can learn skills to help them find a job.
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Jas Athwal - Leader of Redbridge Council

ICYMI: A brand new five-million-pound centre to help tackle homelessness in Ilford, East London, has opened its doors to help those in need of a roof over their heads.

www.salvationarmy.org.uk/child%E2%80%99s-tooth-fairy-wish-grants-homes-homeless-peopleThis morning, I had the privilege of opening this new £5 million homeless centre in Ilford Town Centre. Project Malachi - a pop up hostel & workshop for Ilford is a joint venture between Redbridge Council and the Salvation Army to house and provide support to rough sleepers.

I am proud to say the Council provided the land free of charge and funded the construction project with £2.5 million. Across the country, rough sleeping has increased by 165% in the last ten years. We've seen the impact of this increase on our streets in Ilford and that's why addressing rough sleeping is a top priority for my administration.

Read more here: www.salvationarmy.org.uk/child%E2%80%99s-tooth-fairy-wish-grants-homes-homeless-people
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