Tuesday, August 22, 2006

My new leaflet

If you live in the City Centre or Jewellery Quarter, you should be receiving my new leaflet around about now. Localised leaflets for other parts of Ladywood ward will be hitting the streets soon too...

I look forward to seeing you at City Branch's next City Centre drinks event: Thursday 21st September at 7pm, Utopia The Bar, Church St (http://tinyurl.com/lrzj8).

Monday, August 14, 2006

Older people in Ladywood getting a better deal

As the country's population gets older, appropriate care for older people is becoming more and more of an issue. Should the NHS be taking the lead, or should local authorities be doing more to prevent this so-called bed blocking? What about care at home?

Research has shown that older people prefer to live independently as much as possible, for as long as possible. Not rocket science really, is it..?

On Friday, our Conservative-led Council announced that it was spending £44 million on new Special Care Centres for older people. These centres will be located in communities, and offer a range of services, including:

1. Long-term care for dementia patients
2. Short-term care for those in the process of returning from hospital to their own homes
3. Day services such as physiotherapy, stroke clinics and well-being classes

The first of these centres will be The Beeches, a 64-bed centre in Ladywood ward. Good news.

Monday, August 07, 2006


Blogs are ten-a-penny these days (unless you're David Miliband), but I thought I'd take a moment to mention the blog of a very good friend of mine, Praguetory (http://www.praguetory.blogspot.com/).

PT's got a very interesting slant on a number of issues, and his articles always seem to attract comments from all over the place. Always good to see the perspective of someone living outside the UK too.

P.S. Not been very active these last couple of weeks because I've been on holiday, but if you live in the City Centre or Jewellery Quarter, you should be receiving my new leaflet anytime now...