A campaign to reduce alcohol related crime is underway in Bradford for the start of alcohol awareness week. Bradford Council, West Yorkshire Police, Trading Standards and other agencies are running sessions to highlight the dangers of alcohol.
Council youth workers will tour the city in a special bus encouraging young people to think carefully about the impact alcohol can have on them and others. The police are also running operations against drink-driving and anti-social behaviour.
Bradford Council cost a man with learning difficulties years of funding amounting to over £100,000, according to a report by the Local Government Ombudsman, Anne Seex. In her report she says the Council provided wrong information to the Independent Living Fund (ILF) – that Mr A was going into
residential care – when in fact he was moving into supported housing. If the ILF had not been given this wrong information it would have continued to pay Mr A £750 per month. The total amount of ILF payments that Mr A lost because of the Council's maladministration comes to just over £100,000.
The Council has agreed to pay Mr A this amount and to continue to pay him the difference between what he would have been entitled to and what he can now get. That is currently £142 per week. It will also pay Mr A’s brother £5,000 to recognise the extraordinary lengths he had to go to in
pursuing justice for his brother. Ombudsman also recommends the Council should apologise to both brothers.
Bradford Council is seeking urgent talks with travel giants Thomas Cook in the hope of salvaging something from the shock announcement that the company plans to shut its city centre offices with the loss of hundreds of jobs. Chris Kiddey reports.