City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council Community Pride www.facebook.com/bradfordmdc Summer 2013 @bradfordmdc United campaign to save National Media Museum Residents, local organisations, politicians and celebrities have joined forces in a campaign to save the city’s National Media Museum from closure. The National Media Museum contributes over £24 million a year to the Bradford economy and directly provides 103 full-time equivalent jobs. Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film and science and technology form the foundations of its future. It is one of the major tourist attractions in the district attracting visitors from across the globe and inspiring youngsters from the district and beyond to understand more about film and technology, its development and impact on society. The National Media Museum is run by the Science Museum Group (SMG), which warned that further reductions in its government funding could lead to the closure of one of its three northern national science museums. Celebrities including David Hockney, Martin Scorsese, John Hurt, Michael Palin, Kay Mellor, Simon Beaufoy and magician Dynamo joined the campaign to save the museum, which included online petitions and rallies. More than 40,000 people signed the online petition organised by the Telegraph & Argus newspaper. The Council, and the district’s MPs, lobbied government ministers to save our National Media Museum. We also met with the SMG and with Manchester and York councils to discuss how we can support the future of national museums in our cities, despite the ongoing reductions Inside Page 3 in funding they face from 2014. On 1 July the SMG gave an assurance, at the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee meeting, that none of the national science museums, including the National Media Museum, will close. Council Leader Coun David Green said: “It’s brilliant news. Thanks to the phenomenal response of Bradford district residents, councillors, MPs, organisations, celebrities and the Telegraph & Argus, plus strong regional, national and international support, we can now look forward to working in partnership Apprenticeship training academy Page 8 New city centre library to strengthen the National Media Museum, particularly its links with local businesses, schools, colleges and the University. “It is a national museum of international importance and has a key role in driving the country’s economy by educating and inspiring the next generation of technologists, film makers, photographers, digital designers, scientists and engineers. “It is therefore very clear that the main responsibility for securing its future sustainability lies with the SMG. We look forward to seeing the SMG business plan to discuss how other public and private sector partners can work together to help and add value to their efforts.” Pull-out What’s On Summer 2013 Community Pride Contact the Council For information about Council services and to make online payments please visit our website: www.bradford.gov.uk Live web chat is now available on our website. For the latest Council news, you can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ bradfordmdc or follow us on Twitter: @bradfordmdc Digital interactive TV service – Sky 539 and Virgin 233 (Looking Local) For telephone enquiries please call 01274 432111. General enquiries: 01274 431000 Benefits: 01274 432772 Council tax enquiries: 01274 437866 To make payments: 0845 145 0071 You can also text the Council on 07786 208100 Visit us at: l Bradford – Britannia House, Hall Ings. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm (4.30pm Fri). l Manningham – One-Stop Centre, 1 Carlisle Road. Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm (4pm Fri). l Shipley – Town Hall, Kirkgate. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm (4.30pm Fri). l Keighley – Town Hall, Bow Street. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm (4.30pm Fri). l Bingley – Council Shop, 146 Main Street. Mon-Fri 8.45am-4.30pm (4pm Fri). l Ilkley – Town Hall, Station Road. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm (4.30pm Fri). Community Pride is published by the Public Affairs and Communications Service, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. To contact the editor write to Community Pride, Room 507, City Hall, Bradford BD1 1HY; email [email protected] bradford.gov.uk or phone 01274 434290. 2 Further savings needed The Council is facing the prospect of having to find an additional £100 million savings in the next three years, following the announcement of further reductions to the money we receive from Government to run our services. Coun David Green, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “The further cuts announced in the Government’s spending review, combined with the increasing demand for services, particularly social care services, and inflation, means that the Council is facing a funding gap of around £37 million in 2014-2015, rising to around £100 million by 2016-2017. “The Council has had to make savings of over £100 million since 2010 and now faces the prospect of having to make additional savings of another £100 million over the next three years. “However, it is inevitable that there will be a reduction in the range and scale of front-line services and on the number of people the Council employs, because we are in a situation where the reductions on local government are not sustainable. “Reductions in the Council’s funding impact on the district’s economy. We know that these are very difficult times, not only for the public sector, but also for local businesses, voluntary organisations and charities. We will continue to do all we can to make savings through efficiency and working with partner organisations, keeping our resources in the local economy wherever possible. “The Council cannot continue to provide and commission all the services local people currently use. Decisions will have to be made about what services to do less of, which services to do differently, which services to charge, or charge more, for and which services to stop.” As we did last year, we will be holding a public consultation on our budget proposals for 2014-15. Smart use of buildings saves money We are making long-term savings by reducing our office space across the district and cutting the backlog of repairs. For the past six years we have been streamlining the number of office buildings we own and making better use of office space by introducing more desk-sharing, home, mobile and flexible working. The programme has raised £21.2 million from the sale of buildings, saved us £3.8 million on running costs, and we have reinvested £25.5 million from vacated offices into maintaining and improving the buildings we are keeping. And with more council employees being based in the city centre, regeneration has been given a boost because they now shop in the city during lunch breaks. In 2013-14 we plan to: l move the Connexions service from rented space in the Royal Arcade, Keighley, to Keighley Town Hall l vacate 39, Kirkgate, Shipley, and move children’s services to Shipley Town Hall l refurbish the fourth floor of Britannia House in Bradford which will complete the revamp of the building and increase its capacity. New Lord Mayor chooses his appeal The new Lord Mayor of Bradford is Councillor Khadim Hussain. Born in Tangdave, Mirpur, Coun Hussain (pictured left) has lived in Keighley for over 40 years, where he attended Brontë High School, Oakbank Grammar School and Keighley College. He has worked in various managerial positions in the private sector and has represented Keighley Central ward on Bradford Council since 2004, taking a particular interest in transport issues. Cllr Hussain is a board member of Roshni Ghar, a local mental Inspired by his young grandson who has autism, the Lord Mayor has chosen to champion a local charity supporting people with learning disabilities through his charity appeal. Bradford Disability Sport & Leisure provides disabled people across the district with sporting opportunities of both a recreational and competitive nature. The charity works in collaboration with a range of affiliated groups and in partnership health charity, and served as a non-executive director of the NHS Airedale Primary Care Trust for six years. He is also a local magistrate and Chief Executive of the Sangat Community Centre. The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Joanne Dodds, who has represented the Great Horton ward since 2006. A member of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority and a volunteer for the Bradford ‘street angels’, Councillor Dodds has a keen interest in community issues. with other providers of sport and recreation to support access to a wide variety of sports. If you would like to know more about our events, offer to help in any way or wish to make a donation to the appeal, please contact [email protected] uk or call the Appeal Office on 01274 434965. For more information on Bradford Disability Sport & Leisure visit www.bradforddisabilitysports.co.uk Community Pride Boosting job opportunities Hundreds of new jobs, apprenticeships and work experience placements are being created across the district. Working with Bradford College and local businesses, we have set up a new Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA), which will focus on small employers who aren’t usually able to commit to taking on an apprentice. Small and medium-sized businesses which have been involved in the ATA development were invited to a major launch where they could discuss what type of apprenticeships would benefit them the most. The ATA is taking on a pool of apprentices itself from which small firms can then hire week by week. This means less risk for those companies which can’t commit to a long-term apprenticeship. The ATA is part of the £7.7m scheme Get Bradford Working programme – the largest Council-led employment programme in the country. for the district Plans are progressing to create a combined authority which will help drive economic growth in West Yorkshire by drawing down powers and funding from Government. Leader of the Council, Coun David Green, said: “We are investing a lot of time and money in the Get Bradford Working programme and the launch of the ATA because we see boosting employment opportunities as a huge investment for the future.” A combined authority is created when local authorities get together to work on economic development, regeneration and transport in their areas, taking greater control over economic investment and decision-making. Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Executive member for employment, skills and culture, said: “The ATA provides a real opportunity for small businesses to take on an apprentice without having to worry about red tape. The proposal for West Yorkshire is for Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees councils to join forces. It is hoped that it will include York in the future. “There are 15,000 businesses in the district and 99% of them are small and medium-sized enterprises so we think a lot of Bradford businesses will take a good look at this initiative in order to grow their business.” Michele Sutton, Principal of Bradford College, said: “It is vital that we recognise and value apprenticeships as an important route for young people to take. “The college is delighted to enter into a partnership to help strengthen the local talent pool by developing high levels of technical and specialist knowledge and skills.” Anyone interested in more information about the scheme should contact Stacey Jobson, ATA Manager on 01274 925105. Film school aims to be world leader Leading colleges from Bradford, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, and Bollywood have joined forces to launch a global film school that aims to be the ‘best film school in the world’. The British Council, Bradford College and Whistling Woods International (WWI) have formed a partnership to open a film school which will be based at Bradford College. From autumn 2013 students will be able to study film, animation and photography. They will enjoy the opportunity to study at the Whistling Woods campus in Mumbai and experience the Indian film industry first hand. WWI – Asia’s premier film, television, animation and media arts institute – is rated amongst the 10 best film schools in the world. Trevor Griffiths, director of the Bradford WWI Film School, said: “Setting up this film school at Bradford College cements the city’s standing as the number one destination for film. It’s a fantastic offer that will put Bradford centre stage and we’re thrilled to be working with some of the world’s Combined authority taking shape Full Council will discuss the plans in July and, if approved, they will be submitted to Government this summer. This follows a public consultation in which 70% of people agreed with the proposal. Subject to parliamentary approval, the new body will take on significant devolved powers and funding from April 2014. Alongside promoting economic development, the combined authority will take on responsibility for Metro’s role as the local transport authority. most renowned experts in film.” Subhash Ghai, chairman of WWI, said, “It is a great privilege for Whistling Woods to be associated with a college of this stature internationally. We have found a perfect partner in Bradford College.” David Wilson, director of Bradford City of Film, added: “Bradford has a fantastic film heritage and a fast-growing young population. This is a great way to live up to our UNESCO title with a truly international partnership and help to develop the film makers of the future.” The move comes after a four-year affiliation between Bradford College and WWI. In 2009, students from both institutions worked together to create an award winning stop-motion animation, The Music of Life. Since then they have continued to work on partnerships in photography, prosthetic hair and make-up, animation and fashion design. Visit www.bradfordfilmschool. co.uk for more information. The proposed scheme would allow a combined authority to draw power and money down from central government, allowing local authorities like Bradford Council greater control over future investment in the region’s economy and transport systems. We have far greater potential to achieve our aims by working together with other authorities, although we will also remain vocal in our own right and continue to push Government for support for Bradford which is outside the City Deal and the combined authority. A priority for economic recovery and growth is reducing congestion and overcrowding on the transport network and that’s why the five local authorities and York have pledged £1 billion combined funding for the West Yorkshire Transport Fund next year. Better transport links mean more investment in the area and more jobs. It also makes it easier for people living in the district to commute to jobs outside Bradford and vice versa. You can find out more at www. bradford.gov.uk/regeneration 3 Community Pride Secondary admissions If your child is just finishing year five at primary school and goes to secondary school in September 2014, you need to apply for a secondary school place by 31 October 2013. You will be given an information booklet about applying by your child’s primary school when they return in September. From 2 September it will be really easy to apply for a secondary school place online through the Council’s website, www.bradford.gov.uk/ onlineschooladmissions You will also find information about individual schools and how to apply. The process for applying for a reception place at primary school begins in November 2013. iv e eC Ba ct am ps If you have any questions contact the Admissions Team on 01274 385967 or email them at [email protected] S p o rt & E x e r ci s -day or Book oneplaces y five-da Camp at BASE tic tas for fan fun! r summe p2 to sail, Learn an go on ure or advent e fun on just hav er! the wat p4 Creepy r Take the Summe House g Readin ge... Challen e! if you dar p9 mes s & Ga Puzzle 2013 a Win ily ! fam pass im e 11 sw ee pag events r 2013 summe all our ails of h as for det ats suc mmer er form v.uk/su le in oth ford.go availab w.brad Visit ww be made 112. tion can 437 74 lica this pub ase call 012 ding in Ple The wor t and Braille. large prin School’s out! Looking for something to do this summer? Check your School’s Out! guide which is packed with children’s activities and events. Learn to sail, breakdance or just have fun in the park with giant inflatables. Improve your skills at football, swimming, tennis and lots more! Many events are free and others have discounts for Passport to Leisure card holders. School’s Out! was given to every primary school pupil to take home at the beginning of July. Copies will also be available from your local libraries, sport centres, swimming pools and community centres. It’s also online at www.bradford. gov.uk/schoolsout l Term Times – our newsletter for parents and carers – celebrates good news and achievements from local schools. For the latest issue, visit: www.bradford.gov.uk/ education 4 Feel the benefit If you have a child who will be starting or returning to school in September you may have some questions. What are the term times and school holiday dates? What are the travel options for getting my child to school and home again? What will they get to eat at school? And, if you receive benefits, you may also want to know whether you qualify for help with school meals and school clothing allowance, and how to apply for them. Links to all this information are available most quickly on one page of our website – www.bradford.gov.uk/ schools We have dedicated pages where you can find out whether your child is entitled to assistance with travel to and from school – www.bradford. gov.uk/schooltravelpolicy or contact the school travel team on 01274 385581. To qualify children must go to school full time. They will only get free meals at nursery if they attend both morning and afternoon sessions in any day. The school or nursery must be funded by the taxpayer and the parent or guardian must get one of the following: l Child Tax Credit, (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) under £16,190 l Income Support l Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance l Income-related Employment and Support Allowance l the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit l support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (for this, you need to apply directly to the school, not to Bradford Council). As well as making sure your child gets a free, healthy and balanced lunch, getting free school meals can also mean you get help with: l school clothing costs (you can apply for this at the same time as free school meals) l residential school trip costs There’s lots of information about our school meals service and the tasty and healthy meals they provide at www.bradford.gov.uk/schoolmeals uide Your g on t’s to wha here w and is to go th er summ rk Doe Pa S Back to school l travelling to school costs l the cost of Council run music lessons at school. By following the link on that page you can also apply online for free school meals. It’s quick and reliable. Free school meals support pays for a school lunch for your child. Meals are paid for in advance, so your child doesn’t have to hand over anything to get their meal. And for every child getting a free school meal, the school gets extra money from the government! For more information about free school meals and school clothing allowance contact [email protected] bradford.gov.uk or 01274 432772. Have you considered fostering? Our Fostering Service is aiming to recruit 35 new foster carers this year to add to its existing network of dedicated carers. Being a foster carer can mean anything from looking after a disabled child for a few hours to caring for a child through to independence. It’s a challenging role to take on but it can make a real difference to a child’s life. Many children who are unable to live with their own families thrive given a safe and stable home. The service is particularly looking for carers who have had experience of looking after children with a range of additional needs, either through personal experience or through work. All children are different, and to meet their needs, we are looking for a wide variety of people. However, all applicants will need to be over 21, must have been resident in the UK for at least five years, and have a spare room in their home. Their youngest birth child must be at least three years old. The Council will pay competitive fees and allowances, and provide training and support. If you would like to find out more about becoming a foster carer contact our fostering recruitment line on 01274 434331 or email [email protected] bradford.gov.uk Ordinary people doing something special Community Pride Free childcare for your two-year-old Research shows that good quality early learning can help children learn new skills, make new friends and begin to get ready for school. You may be able to claim up to 15 hours of free childcare for your two-year-old if you receive one of the following: l Jobseeker’s Allowance l Income Support Winning students from Dixons Allerton Academy with Guy Mason, Morrison’s Head of Corporate Affairs, and teacher Helen Hawkridge. Forging links through ‘real world’ experiences Thousands of young people in the district are to benefit from a programme to encourage aspiration, motivation and skills in a time of high youth unemployment. SLN Unlocking Talent & Potential is a three-year government-funded programme, run by the Schools Linking Network (SLN), which will work with 52 schools and 5,500 students in Bradford, Birmingham and London. The programme supports schools to form lasting partnerships with local businesses to share ideas, resources and good practice. SLN will be working with schools to help them develop each child’s personality and talents to the full, measure skills development, personal aspiration and motivation, and provide career guidance. As part of the scheme, year nine students at Challenge College have been working with the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, to create a healthy bakery product to sell in its stores. Master baker Mike Armstrong, from the Keighley store, visited the school to present a masterclass on healthy eating and product development. Approximately 1,500 students at Dixons Allerton Academy have been working with another supermarket chain, Morrisons, on a two-month project to design innovative ways of presenting company values to its 133,000 staff. Gerard Liston, programme advisor for SLN Unlocking Talent & Potential, said: “We want young people to see the point of working hard while they are at school. The education system is still largely driven by GCSE results but employers consistently state that they want young people with the right skills and attitudes. “By connecting classroom learning with ‘real world’ situations, schools can equip students to make informed choices throughout their education, and set themselves apart from the crowd when they leave.” You can find out more about the programme, and other SLN work, by visiting www.schoolslinkingnetwork.org.uk or ringing 01274 385470. Changes to law affect young people The Government has changed the law so that all young people will be required to continue in education or training until they are 18. Previously, young people were able to leave full-time education at the end of year 11. This is changing. From 2015 all young people will have to stay in learning until at least their 18th birthday, so students starting secondary school this September will have to remain in learning until they are at least 18. Those just leaving Year 11 are an interim year, and they must stay in learning throughout Year 12. Young people are currently entitled to free education until they are 19 (or 25 if they have a disability), and the change in the law is a great opportunity for young people to develop skills You can find out if there is registered, professional childcare near you by going online at www.bradford.gov.uk/fis Alternatively, call the Families Information Service on 01274 437503, or text ‘childcare’ to 07781 472076 and we will call you back. Safeguarding – it’s everybody’s business Safeguarding Week will feature engaging events, workshops and talks looking at how we can all work together to make things safer for children and adults across the district. The week begins on 30 September with a special free event in City Park where residents can find out about safeguarding from a range of services which work with children and adults. A week-long programme of activities for those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults will follow. It will be available from August on www.bradford.gov.uk/educationandskills If you’ve just finished your GCSEs and want to do something fantastic and challenging this summer, why not contact Bradford Youth Service and sign up for Bradford’s Big Challenge. It’s a programme that makes a real difference. l stay in full-time education, such as school or college l do part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week. l Working Tax Credit with a household income of less than £16,190 per year Take on our Big Challenge Students do not have to stay at school, but they do have to stay in learning. This means they could: l do work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship l Employment and Support Allowance and experience for their future. It is important that young people make plans for how they will progress after the age of 16 so they can make the most of their entitlement while their education is still free. The change in the law is called Raising the Participation Age, and you can find out more about it at www.bradford.gov.uk/ education You will get the chance to: l go on an exciting action-packed residential l plan and deliver a community project l learn new skills to add to your CV l meet people and make lots of friends l have fun and gain confidence. Call us on 01274 432440 to find out more and sign up. Or email us at [email protected] bradford.gov.uk 5 Community Pride Cycle recycle More homes benefit from recycling boost Work is continuing to help residents recycle even more at the kerbside. More and more people are getting on their bikes to enjoy the social, environmental and health benefits associated with regular cycling. But do you buy a new economy bike or a recycled bicycle? Cycle re Cycle, a Bradford voluntary project, is finding more and more people looking to buy a recycled bicycle. All their bicycles have undergone a 22 point check with anything that needs repairing or replacing being done before they are displayed in their showroom. They have approximately 60 children’s and adults’ bikes on display and each bicycle is test ridden by two people. One of these must be a Velotech Gold qualified mechanic to ensure they are recycled to Cyclist Touring Club Standards. Children’s bicycles start at £10 and adults’ from £25 (as they rely on donated bikes this is subject to availability). Cycle re Cycle can be found at Westholme Street, off Thornton Road, BD1 2EP or visit www.cycle-re-cycle.org.uk or call 07835 840989. We have been successful in our bid for £4.68 million additional funding from the Government to retain the current weekly household waste collection service and increase the frequency of our recycling collections and the range of recyclable materials we collect. The first rollout to areas in Bingley, Baildon, Gilstead and Eldwick has been really successful. The change to fortnightly recycling collections has not only seen an increase in the number of bins being left out for emptying at the kerbside but crews are also reporting that the weights of materials collected has gone up significantly. The second rollout is planned to start in July. Areas which will change to fortnightly recycling will be Ilkley, Menston, Addingham, Ben Rhydding, Burley in Wharfedale, Silsden, Steeton, Eastburn, Moorland fires can strike anywhere and endanger our local habitat. Fire can also damage or destroy wildlife, threaten farm animals and human health. Sunny weather encourages more people into the countryside when the peat and vegetation is dry, increasing the risk of fire starting. Please take glass bottles home and don’t drop cigarettes. Never use your barbecue on the moors. Wildfires can: l have a negative economic impact on farmers by burning their grazing land l destroy rare birds and their nests at breeding time l cause air and water pollution l release carbon into the atmosphere l destroy attractive countryside l spread quickly and be difficult to put out, diverting fire services for long periods. If you see a wildfire, dial 999 and say where the fire is. 6 Residents in these areas will receive information about the changeover throughout July, including the good news that they can now include plastic bottles in their recycling bin. The third phase is due to start in November. l Earlier this spring everyone across the district should have received their new recycling calendar. As a result of dropping off the calendars more than 5,000 residents have asked to join the recycling scheme which will help reduce our waste sent to landfill and increase our recycling rates. If you need to check your recycling dates please visit www.bradford.gov.uk/recycling District prepares for world’s greatest cycling event We will be working with local community groups and businesses over the next 12 months to make sure everyone benefits from the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France coming to Yorkshire next summer. Wildfire warning Riddlesden, Sandbeds, East Morton, Cottingley, Nab Wood, Hirst Wood and the remainder of Baildon. The Tour de France is the world’s largest annual sporting event with the Grand Depart being the opening of the race. It was last held in the UK in 2007 and an estimated two million people watched the event on the streets of Kent, bringing an estimated £88 million to the south east economy. We understand sections of the race will pass through Ilkley, Addingham, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth and Oxenhope on 5 and 6 July 2014. The exact route will be confirmed in October. This is a fantastic opportunity for residents, community groups and businesses across the district to become involved and be part of this amazing event. Our Visit Bradford team will be working with local organisations to make sure the race will be celebrated with local events and festivals throughout the district. We will be posting information on our website www.visitbradford.com or you can keep up with the latest news on the Visit Bradford Facebook and Twitter sites. If you would like further information on how your community or business could benefit and be involved please contact Vikki Harris at Welcome to Yorkshire on 0113 3223517 or email [email protected] New ways to pay You are now able to pay your Council tax and other Council bills free of charge at any shops that run the PayPoint scheme or at your local post office. There are now more than 250 payment outlets across the district where you can pay your bills or invoices in cash. Our five cash offices at Britannia House in Bradford, Bingley Council Shop and the town halls at Keighley, Shipley and Ilkley have now closed following the introduction of easier and more convenient ways to pay Council bills in person. More than 27,500 transactions have already been made using the new methods since we brought them in. You can also pay a number of Council bills online via our secure website. And don’t forget that direct debit is also an easy and convenient way to pay your Council tax. You can set up a direct debit payment online at www.bradford.gov.uk/ directdebit or you can call us on 0845 145 0071 (make sure you have your Council Tax reference number and bank details to hand). All other forms of payment will still be available and people can still access advice services at offices in the district. Changes ahead to benefit payments This year will see significant changes to benefit payments. Some of these changes have already happened whilst others are on their way. Council tax benefit ended in April and was replaced by Council tax reduction. The new scheme means everyone of working age will have to pay at least 25% of their Council tax liability. If you are struggling to pay, get in touch with us as soon as possible on 01274 437866. The Government has also introduced changes to housing benefit. New under-occupancy reductions will apply to people who are of working age and live in a social housing property with more bedrooms than the new rules allow. Social housing is provided by housing associations or registered social landlords. Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 is to be replaced by a new benefit called Universal Credit will be a new single payment benefit. It is expected that new claimants will apply for Universal Credit from October 2013, with existing claimants starting to transfer from April 2014. This new benefit replaces The event remembers trans people who have lost their lives to suicide or who have been murdered as a result of their trans status (an umbrella term which covers cross dressers, intersex, gender variant, transgender and transsexual people). Trans Remembrance day also remembers partners, family, and friends murdered because of their association with trans individuals. Last year a community walk was organised through Bradford with West Yorkshire Police to raise awareness of hate crime against trans people and encourage more victims of hate crime to report incidents to the police. SafeT, which organised the walk, was given a Divisional Commander’s Commendation for their dedication to improve the trust and confidence amongst victims of hate crime. Alex, from SafeT, said: “Many of our members suffer abuse, social stigma and health inequalities to the point where they don’t feel comfortable walking down the street and may contemplate suicide.” Work to begin on Saltaire roundabout Work starts in mid July for six months on the introduction of a traffic management system which will see the replacement of the roundabout with traffic lights. Additional pedestrian and cycling crossings will ensure that people are able to cross the busy roads more safely, alongside a bus priority scheme. Commuters are asked to be patient and plan alternative routes wherever possible. Have you got room for a young person? Could you offer a homeless young person somewhere safe and warm to stay? Bradford Nightstop provides emergency accommodation for young people aged 16 to 25 on a one night at a time basis. Now, thanks to lottery funding, it is extending its services by developing Nightstop+. The new service will provide accommodation for several nights with the same host for 16 and 17 year olds. income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income support, child tax credits, working tax credits and housing benefit. Visit www.gov.uk for more information about the benefit changes and how they might affect you. Trans remembrance event We are working with two local support groups in the district, SafeT and Trans+ve, to host an event to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20. News in brief Further information can be found at www.bradford.gov.uk/ regeneration Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This applies to new claims, with existing DLA claims starting to transfer from October 2013. It is expected that everyone who gets DLA will have been contacted to apply for a PIP by late 2017. From August the total amount of benefit for most people aged 16 to 64 will be limited to £500 a week for a couple or family and £350 a week for a single person. If affected, your housing benefit will be reduced and you will have to pay more towards your rent. You can find out more information at www.gov.uk/ benefit-cap or ring the DWP helpline on 0845 605 7064. Community Pride Mikaela, from Trans+ve, said: “We want people to understand that we are just people – mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters – just people at the end of the day.” You can get more information about the 2013 event, advice on issues affecting trans people in Bradford and access support by contacting: l SafeT: www.safetuk.org or ring 01274 395815 l Trans+ve: via the Equity Partnership 01274 727759 or email [email protected] org.uk The charity is seeking volunteer hosts for its Nightstop+ programme. You would not be responsible for the young person during the day and would be given a small fee, training and access to a 24-hour support system. Please contact 01274 776888 or email [email protected] bradfordnightstop.org.uk for more information. Books on prescription We are helping people read their way to recovery. Reading Well Books on Prescription allows health professionals to recommend from a list of 30 self-help titles available to borrow from their local library. Self-help books will form part of cognitive behavioural therapy prescribed by a health professional. This approach is recommended for a range of common mental health problems such as phobias, depression and anxiety. The national scheme is a joint initiative from independent charity The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, working with local library services. For more information, visit www. readingagency.org.uk/ readingwell 7 Community Pride New library for city centre Bradford city centre is to get a vibrant new modern library in City Park. The library will be housed in the space currently occupied by the Bradford 1 Gallery and will also include the large unit next to Starbucks. City Library is due to open in December this year and will hold 60,000 books, 40 computers, a range of newspapers and journals as well as offering study space and Wi-Fi. Through the library IT system, users will also have access to the whole of the Council’s stock plus the ability to source other books and library materials. Library staff will be on hand to help people with their choice of books, answer information enquiries and help people gain IT skills. Self service kiosks Competition New Jersey Nights will also be in place for customers to issue and return books and DVDs. Ahead of the opening, a temporary children’s library called Park and Read has been set up in the pavilion in City Park. Box office smash New Jersey Nights is a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time. It follows Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons from the back street studio where it all began to hits including Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like A Man. The production’s world tour – with its award-winning cast of singers, dancers, unique stage sets and a rocking stage band – stops off at the Alhambra theatre in Bradford from Tuesday, 10 September to Saturday, 14 September and tickets cost between £14.50 and £28.50. We have two pairs of tickets to give away for the performance on Tuesday, 10 September at 7.30pm. Just answer the question below. Entries must be received by noon on Friday 16 August. If you are posting your entry please remember to use a stamp. One winner will be drawn from all the correct entries. The competition is open to residents of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council area only. l The winner of a two-course meal at the new Restaurant 1914 at the Alhambra was H Michael Dale, from Burley-in-Wharfedale. New Jersey Nights competition Name ........................................................... Address ....................................................... ..................................................................... Contact number .......................................... e-mail .......................................................... Question: In which country is New Jersey? Answer ........................................................ Return to: New Jersey Nights competition, Community Pride, Room 507, City Hall, Bradford BD1 1HY by noon on the closing date of Friday, 16 August. Bradford Theatres are happy to send you information about forthcoming events. If you wish to be added to our mailing list please tick this box. 8 A full range of books for loan is available as well as an exciting programme of story times, rhyme times, events and activities for children, teens and families. Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Executive Member for Employment, Skills and Culture, said: “It’s fantastic that we have got this modern light airy space to house a library right next to City Park and Centenary Square. “It’s a great location, easily accessible and overlooking the Mirror Pool. I’m sure library users are going to love it.” West Yorkshire Archive Service and Bradford Libraries Local Studies library will re-open in a All change. Executive member for children’s services, Coun Ralph Berry (pictured above), opens the new Park and Read Library in City Park. refurbished area of the ground floor of the Central Library building in December and Bradford 1 Gallery will relocate to Cartwright Hall. The whole of the Central Library building will undergo a major refurbishment and a planning application has been submitted for a change of use of the upper floors into offices. This, along with the expected increased use of the library, should lead to a rise in the number of people visiting the city centre creating a positive impact on local businesses. For more information and updates, visit www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries or follow them on social media. Children create peace trail A new walking trail exploring Bradford’s most glorious features and iconic landmarks has been created by the city’s Peace Museum. The Routes to Peace Heritage Trail champions Bradford’s pioneers, philanthropists, social reformers and peacemakers such as JB Priestley and William E Forster. Bradford was declared a city of peace in 1997, and has a rich history of social reformers, such as Richard Cobden who protested against the Corn Laws, and the 3,000 women who took part in the Bradford women’s peace protest in 1917. Community Pride is delivered using Royal Mail’s Door to Door service. Royal Mail’s postal areas cut across council boundaries, which means that a small percentage of households in neighbouring council areas will receive the publication. However we hope that Community Pride is still of interest and provides information that may be useful when you are visiting or working in the Bradford district. Bradford Council does not endorse products and services advertised in any leaflets that may be delivered with Community Pride. This trail also pulls out some of the less known, hidden gems of Bradford’s heritage. The Routes to Peace Heritage Trail is available in a free booklet and a free app that stars students from Bradford’s schools in augmented reality videos that they prepared and presented themselves. The trail booklet and the app were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘All Our Stories’ initiative. Booklets are available at the Peace Museum, tourist information offices, and other outlets around the city centre or they can be downloaded from www.peacemuseum.org.uk The wording in this publication can be made available in other formats such as audio, large print and Braille. Please call 01274 434290. Please recycle Community Pride when everyone has read it.
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