Watching birds nesting

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puppet exhibition in the pavilion

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Pat Thomas of Meadows Art Gallery writes –

There is a puppet exhibition in the Queens Walk Park Pavilion.
About 40 puppets, scenery and scripts are on display.
Each has a purpose: fruits of my puppeteering over 15 years gathered there.
Good King Wenceslas, the Boot family, King Charles, the Qweenies, Greythorn the dragon as well as a basket of puppets for children to play with.
I’m happy to tell stories or answer questions about puppet making or shows, but if you bring a group, please let me know.

Usual opening times – Tuesday, Thursday, from 1pm till 4 pm and Saturday 11am till 1pm.
Photo shows the Boot family.

Personal Independence Payments

Meadows Advice Group’s board heard tonight that from April 1st to 22nd May, our advisors sought to help people on 246 matters, a high number in part cos of the benefits change, in part by trying to reach out more because of all the changes, and in part cos of a lag in data entry cos of the benefits changes.

– £189698 benefits gained as annualised amounts
– £ 41925 benefits gained as lump sums

– £ 10659 priority debt managed
– £ 17823 non priority debt managed

Because of the new contract and monitoring systems and because people are not getting into debt to the same scale so often, it is difficult to compare results year on year. But it appears that targets have been met by Meadows Advice Group, and by the wider Advice Nottingham, on clients helped and benefits gained.

Training of advisors about the benefit changes has highlighted new worries, particularly in relation to Personal Independence Payments. With everything happening about the bedroom tax, reduction in council tax support, and changes to the social fund, the change from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment seemed a long way off. The changes to eligibility seem even more severe than thought, particularly for people with mobility problems. As a lot of the language is being changed (assessing problems with ‘moving’ rather than ‘walking’), most of the precedents on Disability Living Allowance will no longer apply. New applicants in Nottingham have to apply for PIPs from 10th June, with DLA recipients changing around December. Some disabled families could lose £3,500 a year. Perhaps this could be an even more damaging change than the bedroom tax.

For a campaigning take on PIP, see http://wearespartacus.org.uk/pip/

TO BE CHECKED AND UPDATED WITH FIGURES ON HOUSEHOLDS IN THE MEADOWS TO BE AFFECTED.

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So 840 people on DLA.
Guessing that 400 are going to be worse off, but have to check this.
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This data from Nottingham Insight shows Bridge ward seemingly faring better than Nottingham city as a whole, and this is because the census shows the city centre, with higher value properties, growing dramatically since 2001; something not reflected in voters registered.
http://www.nottinghaminsight.org.uk/IAS/profiles/profile?profileId=81&geoTypeId=21&geoIds=00FYNL&ias.Locale=en-GB#iasProfileSection2
Meadows Advice Group’s remit means it serves the poorer half of the ward.

Returning to Nottingham’s figures – Latest data (November 2012) shows 20,060 people in Nottingham claiming DLA. Of these:
12,910 were 16-64
2,070 were under 16
5,080 were over 65+

Of those aged 16-64, 2,830 receive the higher rate.

Attached is more information on PIP, including the following timetable:

From 10 June 2013 – DWP will only accept new claims PIP from people claiming for the first time between the ages of 16-64. No new DLA claims for this age group will be accepted.
From 7 October 2013 – PIP will become relevant for:
Young people who turn 16 claiming for the first time
Existing DLA claimants whose circumstances change
Those who have a fixed term DLA award that is due to end after February 2014
October 2015 – October 2018 – All remaining DLA claimants will be asked to claim PIP

Henna marries Zohaib

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Henna Munir, daughter of former co-Councillor Mo Munir, married Zohaib at Papplewick in Nottinghamshire.
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Family lined up at the entrance to throw red paper over the groom as he arrived.
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The groom arrives (late cos of the sat nav!, happened to me too!) The kids find ways to play with red and white confetti after.
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The groom’s family sit on a grand settee, before the groom makes three pledges.
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Henna’s sister-in-laws pose for the camera whilst the other one in the middle pouts.
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Sunset at the end of the celebrations.