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Issue Date:- 11 August 2008

Top Care Workers To Be Honoured

CARE workers in Liverpool who provide outstanding service are to have their efforts recognised.  The 1st ever awards ceremony in the city to promote excellence in the social care sector is to be held later this year and nominations are now open for workers in seven categories.  The “I care” awards are being organised by Liverpool Social Care Partnership – a forum representing social care employers- in collaboration with the People Pool who work with employers in Liverpool to provide a recruitment and staff development service.

About 5,000 people work in the social care industry in the city.  They are eligible to be nominated for awards in the following categories:-

· Outstanding Support Worker working in a Nursing/Care Home

· Outstanding Support Worker working in Domiciliary Care

· Outstanding Support Worker working with People with Learning /Physical Disabilities

· Outstanding Support Worker working with People with Mental health problems

· Best newcomer to social care

· Outstanding Care Ambassador

· Outstanding award for continued professional development

Cllr Ron Gould, Executive Member for Social Care, said:- “These awards are a way of recognising those people who work in the social care sector who provide service over and above what their role requires.  There are many dedicated, hard-working people in this field and it is only right that their efforts should be acknowledged.  I don’t envy my task as a judge as I am sure that we are going to have a really hard job in short listing and choosing who should win each category from what are going to be very worthy nominations.”

Mikaela Williams-Brown, Workforce Development Manager of Liverpool Social Care Partnership said:- “In this Capital of Culture year, Liverpool Social Care Partnership in collaboration with the People Pool are thrilled to be co-hosting this inaugural awards ceremony, ‘I care’ which helps to promote excellence in the social care sector.  We have invited Social Care providers from the private and voluntary sectors in Liverpool, to submit nominations for a range of categories, which celebrates best practice in the workforce.

Employers who value their workforce and invest in their personal and professional development, can utilise this opportunity to acknowledge, celebrate and reward the many achievements of staff, for the support that they give in the everyday activities in improving the quality of lives of the people whom they support.

We hope that this event will not only act as a tool in acknowledging good practice, but will also help to promote and improve the image of social care generally and the many varied and diverse career pathways that can be followed."

The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 25 November 2008, at the Lace Conference Centre in Sefton Park.

Closing date for nominations is Friday 29 August 2008. 

They can be sent to Ann Garvey at the People Pool (email – 0151 233 5452) or Mikaela Williams-Brown (email – 0151 702 5554) further information can be also be obtained from the Liverpool Social Care Partnerships website at:-


WITH up to 40% of the building workforce facing job losses thousands of Liverpool tradespeople are risking fines of up to £2,500 a day and even negligence claims against them as research from online small business insurance provider reveals 20% of North West small businesses run by tradespeople operates without any insurance.

The effect of the credit crunch on the construction market has put thousands of jobs at risk.  Tradesmen, from plumbers to plasterers, are increasingly expected to seek out ad-hoc independent jobs – often working at a number of locations.  However, without Public liability and statutory Employer’s Liability Insurance thousands of British tradespeople will be putting themselves at risk of fines and damages claims.

Julia Evans, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, said:- “As conditions become increasingly tough for smaller firms, Liverpool business owners will naturally look to cut down on overheads.  But operating without adequate insurance cover exposes you to far greater levels of risk than a downturn.”

Another major consideration is damage or injury caused to third parties, and although some casual workers will be covered by the main contractor’s insurance, they may still need to carry Public Liability cover against damage to a third party property or injury through negligence.

Julia Evans commented:- “You cannot legally trade without employer’s liability insurance, meaning you could face huge penalties or even prison if you fail to ensure you have this cover.

Having no public liability insurance also makes you personally liable for being sued.

This means your own assets are at risk as well as your businesses.”

James Pickering, Managing Director of, said:- “It is understandable that if you have come from an employed environment you may not be familiar with the nuances of the law, but everyone from sub-contractors to casual labourers should be aware of what cover they need in case disaster strikes.

Ignorance is no excuse when it comes down to fines and risks.

Our research has revealed that 29% of small businesses run by tradespeople from Liverpool aren’t aware of the Statutory need for Employer’s Liability if they employ anyone either on a full time or casual basis.

Failure in not taking out cover could result in fines of up to £2,500 a day and the potential of crippling costs for damages if anyone employed is injured.  British builders must take action to make sure that they can trade safely.”

Increasingly, small businesses and sole traders are using online services to make their lives quicker and easier.

Tax returns are now completed online and Datamonitor research has recently highlighted that Employer’s Liability is the type of cover most likely to be bought online.

James Pickering added:- “Employer’s and Public Liability are among the easiest of policies to buy. 

In just a few minutes our tradesperson’s package provides quick, simple and comprehensive cover.”

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