Author: Antia Geada

Mahmoud Raage is the Outreach and Advice Worker for Ashiana Community Project, a charity based in Sparkbrook. After many years working to improve the welfare of citizens, he knows about all the social problems that people are facing in Sparkbrook, an area defined by high levels of deprivation and child poverty. The struggle of having a normal life Sparkbrook is an area characterised by low income and high unemployment rate, with most people relying on benefits. Mahmoud Raage says that the strict job regulations and the benefit reductions are contributing to this deprived environment, where families are struggling to lead…

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INTERACTIVE MAP: if you click on your Clinical Commissioning Group area you can find the number of prescriptions and the spending in antidepressants for the year 2014. Birmingham health bodies prescribe fewer antidepressants than in other parts of England. According to latest data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), the number of prescriptions recorded by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) operating in Birmingham was below the national average of 1197 items per 1000 people last year. CCGs in Birmingham are among the highest funded in England; Cross City being in the top 20 spending CCGs on antidepressants.…

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More than one in ten people in Birmingham were unable to obtain a GP appointment according to the latest GP Patient Survey. The survey, which invites patients in Britain to answer questions on their experience with GP’s services, also found that out of those who obtained an appointment, 13% waited one week or more to see or speak to a GP or a nurse. People in Northfield, Selly Oak and Hall Green, within the South and Central Clinical Commissioning Group boundary, would be more likely to wait one week or more to see or speak to someone, than those in…

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Birmingham schools INTERACTIVE MAP: If you click on the green spots you could see the eligible pupils and funding  per school. Birmingham is one of the local authorities receiving more pupil premium per child at school. The latest official data revealed that the city is the 4th worst authority outside London for children needing pupil premiums, following Manchester, Knowsley and Middlesbroug. Northfield and Selly Oak are in the top 25 England constituencies by pupil premiums per pupil. Northfield is second on the list, with 13,777 eligible pupils, having a funding of £ 1,145 per pupil. Meanwhile Selly Oak is in the 21th position, spending £1,170 per pupil. Professor Steve Higgins, from the…

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People living in Selly Oak, Northfield and Hall Green are more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Legislation than those living in other parts of the city, according to the latest data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). NHS South Central operates in these areas where its Commissioning Group recorded 188 detentions over a population of 198.331 between April 2012 and March 2013, giving them the highest number of detentions in Birmingham per one hundred thousand at 95 . South Central is at the top of the list of NHS centres with more detentions; reaching the position 25 on the list of 213 NHS centres…

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