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LOCAL UPDATE: Birmingham City Council finalise plans for £2 million & West Midlands cycle hire launches


Birmingham City Council have decided where to spend the last third of the Commonwealth Games community funding.

They have finalised plans for how the final £2 million of a £6 million fund to help engage local people with the Commonwealth Games will be spent. It includes £1 million for a region-wide programme of funding to support physical activity and wellbeing activity.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “These exciting plans underline how
being a Proud Host City can help Birmingham become an even greater place in which to live,
work and grow. Through this funding, we aim to bring our communities together, to improve health and
wellbeing, reduce inequalities and to inspire our young people.”

Next, West Midlands police are to spend £28, 000 helping offenders get off drink, drugs and other substances in a bid to break the cycle of crime in Coventry. It will be invested in the Mentoring West Midlands scheme which has been running for six years in the city. The scheme focuses on addressing the underlying causes of criminality and substance misuse by engaging with individuals and providing them with positive opportunities so they can lead better lives away from crime. So far over 150 offenders have benefitted from the scheme.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, said: “If we are going to break the cycle of drug related crime we need to look at ways to tackle the root cause. This programme has been saving the taxpayer money over the years by stopping individuals being drawn into a life of offending.”

Finally, West Midlands Cycle Hire has launched in Wolverhampton and Sutton Coldfield. Distinctive green and grey bikes are now available to use to encourage more people to become active and healthy and offer a convenient and more environmentally-friendly alternative to the car.

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