Birmingham social services and the local health authority has approved an£800,000 emergency package to ease hospital bed-blocking this winter. The money is in addition to a£6.9m deal brokered in the summer after city hospitals were almost brought to a halt because they were unable to discharge up to 300 elderly patients could not be discharged, reports The Birmingham Post(p10).
Cllr Edward Lister, leader of Wandsworth LBC, writes in the South London Press (p12) about right to buy and other low-cost home ownership initiatives. He calls for the government to double the interest-free element to the Homebuy scheme to around£60,000.
RESIDENT THREATENS BAILIFFS AS COUNCIL FAILS TO PAY DEBT
Further action Islington LBC failed to pay£4,000 compensation to a resident whose heating and window problems after a five year battle. Janette Benson won a judgement in Clerkenwell County Court after the council failed to repair her home. The council was ordered to pay the money within 28 days of the judgement on 12 July, but has failed to meet the deadline.
COUNCILLOR DEFENDS HIS ACTIONS IN PHOTOGRAPHER FRACAS
Islington LBC leader Steve Hitchins has defended his actions in retaining the press card of a photographer at the memorial convoy for Christopher Pullen, the 12-year-old boy killed by a broken door on the Market estate near Caledonian Road, north London. Cllr Hitchins said: 'The photographer came across, snapping all the way and got within my face so I said 'Who are you?' He handed me a card. I foolishly thought I was being handed a business card and went to put it in my pocket and I did crumple it up, there's no denying that,' reports the Highbury & Islington Express (p15).
by Assistant Editor Neil Watson