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Zack Polanski selected as GLA candidate for Barnet and Camden

January 19, 2016 3:53 PM

Zack PolanskiThe Liberal Democrats have picked youth counsellor and housing campaigner Zack Polanski to fight for the Barnet and Camden seat in City Hall this year.

Mornington Crescent resident Zack Polanski has worked tirelessly in leading the campaign to save the famous Black Cap pub on Camden High Road and was selected by the local party due to his focus on the difficulties facing private tenants across Barnet and Camden.

Indeed Mr Polanski, 33, highlights, 'There is a lot of emphasis from politicians on Londoners buying and selling houses. Whilst this is vitally important, as a young person I know only too well the pressures on a whole new generation of people in our city who simply can't afford to even rent a flat."

Zack continues, "Young families face increasing uncertainty about the ballooning costs of renting with no opportunity to save a deposit to purchase in the future. This is not sustainable. Generation Rent needs an advocate in City Hall to stand up for fairer rents and greater transparency in the letting sector."

The Liberal Democrats are also campaigning on lowering the cost of living in Barnet particularly for those on lower incomes by introducing half-price fares before half-seven on tubes and rail as well as promoting their long-running "One Hour Bus Ticket" campaign.

Childs Hill Liberal Democrat Councillor Jack Cohen said, "Barnet Council has got its housing policy all wrong. What we see is so many very expensive house and flats being built but with not enough provision of affordable homes to buy or rent. Add to that their complete disregard for public services such as libraries and effective social care and we are left with little to bind and support our community."

Cllr Cohen adds, "Zack is a great campaigner who experiences first-hand the challenges facing our society today. He will be a real asset for London in speaking up for those often forgotten by City Hall."

The Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Caroline Pigeon has been on the London Assembly since 2008 and leads the party on the list nomination. Ms Pigeon is Deputy Chair of both the Transport and the Police and Crime Committee for the Assembly; the party hopes that her dedication to improving public transport and strengthening police will see them success in the City Hall elections this May.