LIVERPOOL CITY REGION WORKS TOGETHER FOR BRIGHTER FUTURE
Region partners on Monday, 12 January 2009 have signed an historic agreement which will see the
city region pull together to help overcome the effects of the global
downturn. At a meeting with the Prime Minister in Downing
Street, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens and Halton
will sign up to the Liverpool City Region multi area agreement which
will bring closer working relationships between the areas to help
strengthen the city region in the years to come.
Working together, the Liverpool City Region partners will tackle the
biggest challenges facing the city region, including the local
economy, transport, housing and environment. The 1st task will
be to introduce locally tailored solutions to help safeguard local
jobs, improve the skills of local people and support businesses to
create a thriving international city region by 2020.
New ways of working will be introduced, including a new Employment
and Skills Board that will give employers a prominent role in local
decision-making. With almost 175,000 people in the city region
claiming an out of work benefit, to have a genuine impact it is
intended to design and commission services differently so that they
are flexible, impact on areas with high levels of worklessness and
mitigate the effects of the economic downturn. As a result the
Liverpool City Region aims to get 9,000 people off benefits by 2012.
It will also help raise the qualifications of thousands of local
people. By 2012 77,000 more residents will be qualified to at least
NVQ Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs) and a further 54,000 qualified
to NVQ Level 3 / A level standard.
A new ‘Fit For Work’ plan across the Liverpool City Region will see
specially trained employment liaison officers step in to help people
who are in danger of falling out of work because of a health
condition or impairment. A Flexible New Deal programme, designed
with local needs in mind, will also be established to help people
improve their skills and find employment.
Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council and Chair of the
Liverpool City Region Cabinet said:- “The biggest and most
important challenges facing the Liverpool City Region are common to
all the local authority areas, so it makes absolute sense that we
should share our resources and expertise to work towards a solution
that is right for the whole city region. In these uncertain
economic times, we all recognise the need to support local
businesses and help local people find and retain employment.
don’t just want to ‘survive’ the downturn, we want to thrive.
can achieve that by working together to get people into employment
and raise the skills levels of our citizens over the coming years to
meet the future needs of business in the area.”
Working together as a City Region enables all the local authority
areas and their partners to benefit by working on a collective basis
rather than as an individual council area. The signing of the multi
area agreement today is the result of an already successful
partnership working approach in the Liverpool City Region and
represents new powers to deliver home-grown solutions to issues that
are of real significance to the area.
The Mersey Partnership Chairman Rodney Holmes, who will represent
the private sector on the newly-created City Region Cabinet, said:-
”The MAA will help deliver further economic growth across
Liverpool City Region. By working together under its terms we shall
be able to achieve more in key areas including employment and
skills. TMP will continue to represent the private sector and
provide analysis of the city region’s economy.
We identify the
challenges and opportunities and the Liverpool City Region Multi
Area Agreement gives us a say in how they will be addressed.
Since its foundation in 1993 TMP has provided
its private sector Members and partners with opportunities to
influence public sector policy and we will continue to ensure the
views of the sector are known and understood by all those
represented by it.”
ROYAL NAVY’S FLAGSHIP HMS ARK ROYAL REVISITS THE MERSEY
ONE of the
most famous ships in the world, HMS Ark Royal, is to make a new
year’s return visit to Liverpool. This giant of the seas, the
Flagship of the UK’s Senior Service, made her hugely successful
debut trip up the Mersey last June, and now seeks to renew her
strong bonds with the people of Liverpool when she calls in at the
city’s Cruise Liner Terminal for a 4 day visit from 15 January
2009 to 19 January 2009.
During her stay, she will throw open her gangway to the people of
Merseyside on Friday 16 January 2009, from 10am to 3pm, and again on
Saturday, 10am to 3pm, offering them a unique opportunity to get a
taste of life on board one of the Royal Navy’s greatest ships.
Personnel will be on hand to answer questions about careers in the
Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Admission is free.
In addition, there
will be a Sea King Asac of 849 Naval Air Squadron and a Merlin NH
Mk1 of 814 Naval Air Squadron helicopter landing and taking off from
the ship’s flight deck during her stay, a fantastic opportunity for
Liverpudlians to get an bird’s eye view of the unique operations of
an aircraft carrier.
Her ship’s programme while alongside is packed with a range of
activities involving the local community over the 4 days, including
hosting a VIP reception for 250 invited guests from around the city
led by the Lord Mayor, as well as visits by the emergency services
plus naval and aviation societies.
With a number of Lliverpudlians serving aboard, the Ark Royal has a
great affinity with Alder Hey hospital and the ship’s company have
collected money to hand over belated Christmas gifts that will be
presented during her stay. In addition, a host of sea cadets,
schools and other youth organisations will get the chance to go
aboard and learn first hand about a life on the ocean wave with the
Commanding Officer of HMS Ark Royal, Captain John Clink, said:-
“My crew is very proud of the ship and we have a great community
feeling on board. It’s like a small village and each department goes
towards supporting the whole. My team is very much looking
forward to sharing their experiences with our visitors,
communicating what it’s like to be part of life aboard a modern
HMS Ark Royal will visit a number of UK ports in the coming weeks
including Glen Mallen near the Clyde, Scapa Flow on Orkney and then
Newcastle, before entering a period of refit to enable her to return
to the UK’s strike carrier role. Her recent commitments have
included playing an integral part in Exercise Joint Warrior off the
coast of Scotland, joining forces with ships from her NATO allies,
training officer cadets from Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth
and paying tribute to HMS Ark Royal III, which sank near Gibraltar
Larger than her sister ships, Invincible and Illustrious, HMS Ark
Royal is 211 metres long, has a maximum beam of 36 metres, a draft
of 8.4metres and displaces 20,000 tonnes. She is fitted with 4
Olympus gas turbine engines, making her the marine equivalent of
Concorde and propelling the ship at a speed in excess of 30 knots. A
steeper ski jump than in the other ships of her class is fitted at
the forward end of the flight deck. Ark Royal can carry up to
682 sailors and 668 aircrew and has room for another 600 troops
should the need arise. Aircraft Carriers are the largest ships in
the fleet. Their versatility and command facilities make them key to
modern warfare. Their main armament is provided by their
embarked carrier air groups, enabling them to deploy rapidly around
the world to points of crises wherever they arise.
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