HIGH SCHOOL ACHIEVES SPECIALIST STATUS IN BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE
& Leicester last week announced that it is increasing its support for
education in Liverpool with a £50,000 sponsorship of Savio High
School. The sponsorship has enabled the school to obtain Specialist
Status in Business and Enterprise. As a result of the sponsorship
the school will receive a one-off government grant of £100,000 to
enhance their facilities, together with further funding of around
£500,000 from the government over the next four years. As part
of the sponsorship, Alliance & Leicester will work with Savio High
School to develop and implement a series of initiatives aimed at
further improving the quality and variety of educational activities
Education is a major focus for Alliance & Leicester's community
activities. In Liverpool, Alliance & Leicester is a key supporter of
the reading and numeracy programme run by Liverpool Compact. Savio
High School is on Bridle Road, Bootle, next to Alliance &
Leicester's Bootle site.
Richard Banks, Managing Director Wholesale Banking said:- "We
are delighted that our support will enable Savio High School to
provide their students with enhanced opportunities in business and
enterprise. The support of educational projects is a core element of
Alliance & Leicester's community investment programme, in which our
partnership with Savio High School plays an important part. We look
forward to working with the school on other projects."
Father Briody, Head Teacher at Savio High School commented:-
"We are delighted, with our partners at Alliance & Leicester, that
Savio High School has been awarded Business and Enterprise status.
This will allow the school to continue to offer high quality
education, with a particular focus on developing the business and
enterprise skills of our young people, further preparing them to
forge successful paths into higher education and careers."
Joe Benton MP for Bootle said:- "The very best schools are the
ones that build strong partnerships both with their local community
and with business. Through their support for Savio High School, and
other initiatives, Alliance & Leicester has become a key partner
with local schools, helping improve standards and enrich learning
opportunities. I regard this welcome initiative as further evidence
of Alliance & Leicester's commitment to Bootle."
JOINING FORCES TO COMBAT SCAMS
OFT AND DTI launch Scams Awareness Month. John
Fingleton, Chief Executive of the OFT and Gerry Sutcliffe, DTI
Minister for Consumer Affairs, this week jointly launched the 2006 scams
awareness campaign. The campaign will run throughout February and
aims to arm consumers with the knowledge and skills they need to
recognise, report and stamp out mass-marketed scams.
Scams Awareness Month is part of an international initiative
organised by the International Consumer Protection Enforcement
Network (ICPEN). The OFT has enlisted the support of Trading
Standards Departments across the country, as well as Consumer
Direct, Which, the Advertising Standards Authority, ICSTIS and
consumer and industry bodies to help promote the campaign.
* nationwide radio advertising, features and competitions
* web advertising and online quizzes
* distribution of over half a million leaflets on how to spot a scam
* a step-by-step guide on protecting yourself from scams
* first results from the OFT research project into prevalence of
* an international internet sweep to identify
UK consumers lose an estimated £1 billion per year to such scams.
Recent research suggests that an estimated 28 million UK consumers
are targeted every year by scams which exploit low-cost,
mass-marketing techniques, that is, email, text message, post, telephone and internet, to con people out of their money. These
include deceptive prize draws and lotteries, misleading premium-rate
prize promotions, fake 'psychic' mailings, advance fee frauds and
bogus work-at-home schemes, among others.
Tackling scams is a key priority area for the OFT. Last year, it
launched the Scambusters team and set up the Scams Enforcement Group
with partner organisations to drive forward its three-pronged
strategy of law enforcement; consumer education; and cooperation
private sector businesses to disrupt scammers' routes to market. The
OFT also works with partner agencies in
over 30 countries to detect and stop cross-border scams.
From 1 April, Consumer Direct will provide the public with a single
contact point for advice on recognising and avoiding scams.
John Fingleton, OFT Chief Executive, said:- 'Scams damage
individuals and undermine confidence in legitimate marketing
techniques, harming fair-dealing businesses. Consumers who lose
money to scams have very little chance of getting any of it back. So
it is essential that, in addition to enforcing the law against
scammers, we equip consumers with the skills and knowledge necessary
to avoid falling victim to them in the first place. The OFT is
leading a broad alliance of organisations committed to that aim.
Consumer Direct, which will be available throughout the UK this
spring, will further enhance our ability to educate consumers and
reduce the economic harm brought about by scams.'
Gerry Sutcliffe, the Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer
Affairs, at the Department for Trade and Industry, said:- 'The
DTI and OFT work strategically within the UK and internationally to
enforce the law and catch the rogues who make people's lives a
misery. Campaigns like this show how important it is for
everyone to know how to spot a scam. They don't just target the
gullible and the greedy, in fact a scam artist can fool anyone.'