UP FRONT Blue badge fraud Bloom for one more Ealing Council successfully prosecuted 61 people for the illegal use of disabled ‘blue badge’ parking permits in the last financial year – which is the fifth highest number in the country. As you begin to think of preparing for spring, now is the ideal time to sign up to the council’s garden waste service. More than 10,000 residents already do. Blue badges are issued to people with serious mobility problems and disabilities and misuse can result in a maximum fine of £1,000, a criminal prosecution and even a prison sentence. Call 020 8825 8161 if you suspect a blue badge is being used fraudulently; or if you want to report one going missing. Read more at ealingnewsextra.co.uk/ features/blue-badge-fraud 100 job roles The council’s Ealing Apprenticeship Network has once again exceeded its target of helping local businesses create 100 apprentice placements. Its latest ‘100 in 100’ campaign, which ran for 100 days from September to December, saw 106 places pledged. The network is now working with the businesses who have come forward to turn the pledges into new apprenticeship jobs for residents. To find out more about becoming an apprentice and see what placements are available, visit ealingworkwest.com/apprenticeships Thinking about hiring an apprentice? The network can support you through the process of setting up an apprenticeship and ensure you get the right candidates. Find out more at ealingworkwest.com/ information-for-employers 6 around ealing February 2019 A subscription to the fortnightly collections is an environmentally-friendly way of losing the hassle of getting rid of unwanted cuttings, leaves, twigs and grass. It is taken away to be recycled into compost. Annual subscriptions run from April until March 2020 and cost £75 – with concessionary rates of £57.50 available for those aged over 65 and those on means-tested benefits. You can choose between receiving green bags or a green wheelie bin, depending on your needs. You can pay either up-front or spread the cost by direct debit. Councillor Mik Sabiers, cabinet member for environment and highways said: “Thousands of people across the borough use it and the service represents real value for money, even for those who do not see themselves as avid gardeners because they can share the bin, and cost, with a neighbour.” Current subscribers will be sent renewal notices and should renew before 1 April to avoid disruption to their collections. Visit ealingnewsextra.co.uk/features/collect-garden for more information or go straight to www.ealing.gov.uk/gardenwaste to sign up to the service. Preparing for Brexit As Around Ealing went to press, Brexit was due to take place in two months’ time (on 29 March). Our borough is home to around 55,000 people from other countries in the European Union and the council’s website has an information page with guidance for these EU citizens – at www.ealing.gov.uk/brexit Last year, Ealing Council called for the government to guarantee the rights of all EU citizens to live and work in the UK, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The council also called for Parliament and the British public to have the final say on any deal.