News in Brief

News in Brief: The voice and faces unite CHILDREN have teamed up to become the new faces and voices of the borough s youth writes Sofia Mitra-Thakur. New members of Brent Youth Parliament have been elected for the New Year, with recruits from sc

News in Brief:

The voice and faces unite

CHILDREN have teamed up to become the new faces and voices of the borough's youth writes Sofia Mitra-Thakur.

New members of Brent Youth Parliament have been elected for the New Year, with recruits from schools and youth clubs.


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Groups for young people with disabilities, young people with refugee status and in care were also involved.

The BYP members, who are aged between ten and 19 and are elected every two years, work with council officers, councillors and MPs to discuss and challenge policy decisions affecting young people in the area.

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For more information about the group's work email BYP@brent.gov.uk

Special grant available

VOLUNTARY groups who offer support for carers or provide young carers with a well earned break can now apply for funding.

Applications for the Carers Grant are now being taken from groups who provide support to relatives, partners or friends who care for someone who cannot manage without their help due to illness, frailty or disability.

Application forms are available from www.brent. gov.uk/carersgrant and the deadline for submission is February 8.

Workshops will be held at Brent Town Hall on January 13 and 14 for anyone who wants extra help with their submission.

Gritters take to the roads

COUNCIL chiefs were prioritising main roads, bus routes, shopping areas, hospitals and hill streets as severe weather warnings were issued as the Times went to press.

Officials said Brent Council was in close liaison with the Met Office and had plans in place to deal with the severe weather.

A spokesman said the council has been gritting for the last few weeks, but he admitted that all roads have not been treated throughout the cold snap.

For up-to-date weather warnings visit www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/

Woman hurt in pub brawl

A WOMAN was left with a serious eye injury after a thug threw a bottle into her face during a pub brawl.

The 31-year-old victim was celebrating the New Year with her husband and friends in the Elk Bar in Fulham Broadway, Fulham, when a fight broke out in another part of the bar at around 12.30am.

A bottle was thrown which hit the woman in the face.

Anyone with information should call police on 020 8246 2505 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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