Christmas gifts for looked after children

Brent police and volunteer cadets visited Brent Civic Centre on Monday 21 December 2015 to donate 230 presents for the borough’s children in care to enjoy this Christmas.

Chief Inspector Nick Davies met Brent Council’s Director of Children’s Services Gail Tolley and Councillor Ruth Moher Lead Member for Children and Young People to hand over the gifts by the Christmas tree in the foyer of the civic centre. Officers and volunteer police cadets raised money to buy the 230 gifts which will now be distributed among Brent’s children in care.

The presents have been given as part of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Christmas Tree Project 2015, which helps to provide presents to children who may otherwise not have received one last Christmas.

Brent Leadership Team confirmed for 2014/2015

Brent Cabinet 2014-2015

At the Council AGM on Wednesday, the Brent Council Leadership team was confirmed.

The cabinet has been cut down by 20% to just 8 now. With the Council faced with number reductions at Director and staff level, it was only right that this was reviewed too.

The full cabinet

Leader of the Council – Cllr Muhammed Butt

Deputy Leader – Cllr Michael Pavey

Adults, Health and Wellbeing – Cllr Krupesh Hirani

Children and Young People – Cllr Ruth Moher

Employment and Skills – Cllr Roxanne Mashari

Environment – Cllr Keith Perrin

Regeneration and Housing – Cllr Margaret McLennan

Stronger Communities – Cllr James Denselow

Cllr Kana Neeharathan will be the Mayor of Brent and Cllr Lesley Jones will serve as Deputy Mayor. Chair of Scrutiny is Cllr Aslam Choudry and Cllr Sarah Marquis will now Chair the Planning Committee.

The Tories probably stole the show on the night as it emerged that they would split into two political parties – the Brondesbury Park Conservative Group and the Conservative Party.

It seems bizarre as it was only a couple of weeks ago that residents in Brondesbury Park voted in three Conservative Councillors.

Brent Council Cabinet for 2013/2014 to be officially instated tonight

At the Mayor Making ceremony tonight, where the work of community champions is the main focus.

The new positions will be as follows:

Leader of Brent Council – Cllr Muhammed Butt

Deputy Leader of Brent Council – Cllr Ruth Moher

Lead Member for Adults and Health – Cllr Krupesh Hirani

Lead Member for Children and Families – Cllr Michael Pavey

Lead Member for Crime Prevention and Public Safety – Cllr Aslam Choudry

Lead Member for Customers and Citizens – Cllr James Denselow

Lead Member for Environment and Neighbourhoods – Cllr Roxanne Mashari

Lead Member for Highways and Transportation – Cllr Jim Moher

Lead Member for Housing – Cllr Margaret McLennan

Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects – Cllr George Crane

Cllr Bobby Thomas will be the new Mayor of Brent. Cllr Kana Naheerathan

I would like to thank the cabinet colleagues that have served in the past for their extreme hard work and dedication and look forward to working with my new executive colleagues.

In addition, Brent Council will be officially signing the Time to Change pledge which aims to fight against mental health discrimination.

 

Brent Council Executive 2012 / 2013

Following the Brent Council Annual General Meeting of 2012 tonight, the emerging Cabinet will be as follows:

Mayor of Brent – Cllr Michael Adeyeye

Deputy Mayor of Brent – Cllr Bobby Thomas

Leader of Brent Council – Cllr Muhammed Butt

Deputy Leader of Brent Council – Cllr Ruth Moher

Lead Member for Adults and Health – Cllr Krupesh Hirani

Lead Member for Children and Families – Cllr Mary Arnold

Lead Member for Crime Prevention and Public Safety – Cllr Lincoln Beswick

Lead Member for Customers and Citizens – Cllr Lesley Jones

Lead Member for Environment and Neighbourhoods – Cllr James Powney

Lead Member for Highways and Transportation – Cllr Jim Moher

Lead Member for Housing – Cllr Janice Long

Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects – Cllr George Crane

New Direct Payment card – a flexible friend

In future people who get Direct Payments to pay for social care could be issued with a handy pre-payment card offering more control over their money. This will be the first such scheme in London if a trial next year is successful.

Most adults who receive Direct Payments have the money paid into their bank account. The new cards would aim to cut down on paperwork and make it easier for people who use the service to control what they spend and monitor their account.

Direct Payments and personal budgets give people control over how they buy care instead of the council providing a set package. Money is paid directly to those using social care if they have been assessed as qualifying for support. People can then use the payments to arrange their own care, whatever that might be.

The majority of people who are disabled, have a disabling illness and have been properly assessed as needing help to live independently, are eligible for Direct Payments. This includes:

  • Older people
  • People with mental health needs
  • Carers
  • Children with disabilities
  • Disabled people over 16-years-of-age

Customers who are already using Direct Payments were invited to an event in November where they were given the opportunity to enrol in a pilot scheme starting in February 2011 and scheduled to run for at least six months.

The payment cards allow monitoring of accounts in real time and alerts can be set up to help customers prevent over spending, get back money they are owed and top up their cards when it suits them.

Councillor Ruth Moher, Lead Member for Health and Social Care, said: Since 2003 we have had a duty to make Direct Payment available for everyone and many have taken up the offer. I have spoken to people who speak of it transforming their lives for the better. This is another step towards making it even easier for people to take advantage of Direct Payments.”

Customers have the option of having some support needs provided by the council while providing some assistance themselves by employing someone of their choice. Those who may have difficulty running a budget can take advantage of a managed account service provided and paid for by the council.
For more information contact josephine.wessels@brent.gov.uk using ‘Direct Payments Card’ as the subject line. For information about Brent’s Direct Payments Support group call Brent Council on 020 8937 4157.