Shabana Mahmood MP praises “progress and pledges” on Bereavement Services.
Shabana Mahmood MP praises “progress and pledges” on Bereavement Services.

Shabana Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Ladywood, has this week paid tribute to the progress made by Birmingham City Council’s Bereavement Services Department.

At a meeting convened by the Ladywood MP to track progress made in the year since her landmark Bereavement Services report was published, Mahmood welcomed the positive actions taken thus far – and the promises made for further major improvements.

Shabana Mahmood MP said:

“It’s good to hear that the service is learning lessons and changing practices. I pulled no punches in my report last year, and there are still areas of concern to be addressed. But today’s meeting showed considerable progress and I am happy to welcome this.

“Real steps forward on moves to a ‘super facility’ – a key recommendation in my report – underscores how committed the service is to positive change. Bereavement Services staff have put in a huge amount of effort and hard work in the most challenging of circumstances during the pandemic.”

Today’s virtual meeting was chaired by Shabana and brought together Cllr Sharon Thompson, Birmingham City Council officials and representatives from across Birmingham’s faith communities.

Shabana Mahmood added:

“The extension of the CTPM scanner trial is further good news.

“The challenge now will be to maintain this momentum. For my part, I will keep up the pressure to ensure that the promises made today become reality in the near future”.



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