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Tributes paid to murdered Stechford mum Lucy Powell

A woman who was found dead in her home in Stechford has been named. Twenty-four year old Lucy Powell is said to have been killed by Gregory Duhamel,aged 47, before taking his own life by hanging. Family have paid btribute to a brilliant, loving mother.

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Lucy Powell

Energy bills to rise by hundreds of pounds for families across Birmingham

Families across Birmingham are potentially facing energy cost rises of hundreds of pounds with the new price cap announced by regulators. The new cap will take effect in April. The cost of living is forecast to rise dramatically this year, seeing the highest inflation in almost 30 years and planned rises in tax. For more information and how to get help, read our story here

The number of homeless people increased in Birmingham last year

The number of homeless people living in Birmingham has increased by11.5% in the past year. According to the council this increase is said to be a result of the pandemic, the lifting of the eviction ban, the furlough scheme ending and the increased cost of living.

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