Candice Atterton for Hanworth
‘It has been an honour to serve as a local councillor for the past four years in Hanworth ward where I live with my husband and three children.’
Candice has always been involved in the communities she’s lived, in and got into politics with a desire to be part of sustainable change for Hanworth and the wider Hounslow Community and to see residents enjoying a better quality of life, having a strong sense of pride about where they live and feeling part of something. Her professional background is in Young People’s Public Health, Community Development and Youth Justice. She is currently undertaking a part-time Masters degree in Global Health.
Since being elected in 2014 Candice has served on the Corporate Parenting Panel that oversees the work the council undertakes for our looked-after children and young people and care leavers, an area she is particularly passionate about. Candice has also served on the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel for two years and Housing and Environment Scrutiny Panel which she chaired from 2015-16. She also sat on Overview and Scrutiny Committee and was Vice Chair of the Labour Group for two years. Candice made significant contributions to the Youth Service Review and Brighter Futures for Under 5s review, collaborating with both working groups to ensure the best possible decisions were made whilst having to make significant savings.
In May 2017 Candice was appointed to Cabinet with lead responsibility of Jobs, Skills and Opportunities, Equalities and Diversity and the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy (VAWG). She has enjoyed the greater responsibility and opportunity to champion Hounslow’s fantastic adult and community education, provision for people wanting to get out of in-work poverty and improve their skills and our multi-disciplinary support for people experiencing domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women and girls.
With her councillor colleagues she has consistently provided a monthly surgery in the ward and had good attendance. She has undertaken a variety of case work supporting people with needs such as housing and homelessness, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, issues related to HMOs, waste and recycling, neighbour disputes and issues with highways and footways. Candice and the rest of the Hanworth team have regularly attended Hounslow Highways wardabouts and estate inspections. They worked closely with residents to organise a back alley clean up, a garden clean-up project and a Great Big Get Together event in honour of Jo Cox MP.