News in brief: Childcare, Champions and BBQ advice

Money project to aid new workers PARENTS who want to return to work but cannot afford nursery fees could be entitled to up to �35 a week to help with childcare, thanks to a new scheme. The Childcare Affordability Programme is available to lone pa

Money project to aid new workers

PARENTS who want to return to work but cannot afford nursery fees could be entitled to up to �35 a week to help with childcare, thanks to a new scheme.

The Childcare Affordability Programme is available to lone parents or couples returning to work for 16 hours or more a week, have a combined household income of less than �20,000, and have been out of work for a year.

Contact Ruth Joseph on 020 8937 3277 for more information, or visit www.brent.gov.uk/childcare

Deadline to get champions cash

WORRIED residents are being offered �10,000 to tackle anti-social behaviour and will get to decide where to spend it on Saturday, writes Ima Jackson-Obot.

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The Residents' Champions Day meeting on Saturday will be at St Martin's Church, Mortimer Road, Kensal Green, from 10am to 3.45pm.

At least 15 residents need to become Resident Champions to be eligible for the money, which could be spent on community activities for young people, community days, wardens or upgrading play areas.

To book a space call Tracy Hind, community development worker on 01273 691 544 or 07815 440 317 or email tracy@wsacommunity.co.uk

Tax boost for poor families

Low income families are nearly half a million pounds better off thanks to an increased uptake of tax credits.

Boosted by a government grant of �13,000, Brent Citizens Advice Bureau helped residents claim �454,25 in tax credits.

Jacqueline Carr, manager of Brent CAB, said: "It is vital that as many people as possible who are entitled to benefits access them. Yet take up of tax credits in families in Brent is remarkably low.

"Please come and see Brent CAB if you think you may be entitled to benefits."

Vital advice on BBQ care

With the UK National BBQ Week fast approaching, London Fire Brigade offers plenty of advice to avoid accidents.

Fire Brigade's Commander for Brent, Sean Bennett, said: "If you're careless with your barbecue you could burn more than your sausages."

For barbecue fire safety tips visit www.london-fire.gov.uk

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