Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Council boss set to lend hand to help post-riots Tottenham

TOP THURROCK Council boss Jo Olsson is set to join a panel aimed at supporting Tottenham in the wake of last months riots.

Making Haringey a better place than ever before is the ambition behind the community panel reports Haringey Council.

Tottenham resident Jo is the head of Thurrock’s childrens services but will take time out to help the borough get back on its feet.

Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober, who will chair the panel, said:

“We’re eager to build on the energy and commitment which have been so strong in Haringey since the disturbances.

“The emphasis of the panel will be on pulling together the views, knowledge and ideas of the community. No one person or group has a monopoly on this, which is why we wanted a varied panel to listen to people’s views.

“Everyone has a right to be heard and I am confident in the panel’s ability to listen and to bring thinking together into practical recommendations to move us forward for the benefit of everyone.”

The panel will meet for the first time this month to agree its approach, how best to engage with groups and individuals and its timetable.

The panel will review existing data and also draw on fresh input from local people and organisations.

An action plan with timetable will be published, following the first meeting, as will regular updates on progress.


  1. It is such a shame that something of the magnitude of the recent riots has forced people to act and build up a community, this is a bit like closing the door after the horse has bolted.

    lessons need to be learnt from the mindless vandalism and violence so that this does not happen again; it is good that custodial sentences are being handed out but this is too little too late

  2. Well done Jo. Such community minded action on your part is welcome and I personally applaud you. Some good news for a change.”


  3. Is this in her own time or in Thurrock taxpayer’s time? Just wondering what is meant by ‘take time out’ as if it means she is still being paid then that is wrong as she should be serving Thurrock. If she is having extra time off and the council can manage without her, then maybe she is not needed full time and a saving has therefore been identified. I suspect her workload has been reduced with the mass exodus of schools from Thurrock Council control to Academy status


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