Business leaders discuss way ahead for transport across Merseyside
to the way local authorities deliver sustainable transport systems
in the future are the subject of a breakfast briefing in Liverpool
27 January 2009.
‘Economic Growth and Environmental Quality…Can Merseyside Succeed?’
is the theme of Merseyside Transport Partnership’s business event at
the Empire Theatre this morning, when a senior Department for
Transport official will outline how new legislation and policies on
local and regional government, including the climate change agenda,
will influence the development of future transport systems.
Charlotte Dixon, the DfT’s Head of Regional and Local Strategy, will
spell out the opportunities for Merseyside to address links between
transport and economic competitiveness and productivity, and how
transport development will help tackle climate change. She
will detail how the Local Transport Act 2008 will require the new
Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) to take full
responsibility for local transport planning across the city region,
as well as changes in the powers to secure bus services. The name
change from Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority (PTA) to ITA
takes place early this year.
The DfT’s ‘Delivering a Sustainable Transport System’ programme
outlines a new planning regime that will lead to a future transport
system in Merseyside that will work effectively with national and
international road and rail networks. It will encourage best use of
investment in the wider city region, to support the creation of a
transport system that supports a growing, low-carbon economy,
quality of life and a healthy environment.
Mrs Dixon will also explain new draft government guidance for the
development of the next Local Transport Plan (LTP3), which covers
the development of the local transport system from 2011 – 2014.
Chair of the Merseyside Transport Partnership, Neil Scales,
commented:- “As travel demand continues to grow and as climate
change becomes an ever-more important and urgent issue, it is
inevitable that changes have to be made to how we plan for and
deliver a truly sustainable transport system for the future.”
Vice Chair of the Merseyside Transport Partnership, Steve Holcroft,
will be chairing the breakfast briefing today. He said:- “The
new DfT approach, together with new legislation and governance
powers will allow us to review how we work with our partners to
address key challenges - ensuring that we respond effectively to
addressing climate change, while at the same time supporting the
continuing economic growth of the city region. This will be at heart
of our new strategy.”
Other speakers include Jan Rowley, Assistant Executive Director
Regeneration at Liverpool City Council, who will talk about
‘Transport and the Year of the Environment 2009’.
Arts In Prescot:- "Organ Recital - Sacred & Secular"
ON Friday, 30
January 7.30pm at the Prescot Parish Church, Church St, Prescot an
Organ Recital called:- "Sacred & Secular" will be
held. The guest organist on the nightwill be Peter Kwater of
St Bartholomew's Church, Rainhill. Admission free
(retiring collection taken).
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CRUNCH FEARS COULD HARM CHILDREN'S ORAL HEALTH
calls to economise, indicated by this week's headlines criticising a
£700,000 investment in preventative health care by North
Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, fail to look at the bigger
picture, say the British dental Health Foundation.
The 5 year scheme at North Staffordshire PCT aims to arm under 5s
with a toothbrush and the necessary skills to maintain good oral
health throughout their life.
The Trust's decision to invest, applauded by the Foundation, marks a
scheme designed to combat poor oral health among youngsters in the
area. 5 year olds in the area had 1.3 decayed, missing or filled
teeth, on average. The Foundation, at the vanguard of public advice
into good oral health and preventative care throughout its 38 years,
encourages such commitment to dental health across the industry.
Chief executive of the Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter BDS LCS (RCS)
said:- "This campaign invests £15 per child per year, just 4p
per day. Preventative care such as this is vital.
The 1st cavity a person experiences determines their dental health
needs for the rest of their lives. Early investment can save huge
sums in healthcare later in life and free dental access my
minimising the frequency of visits per patient and complexity of
Such schemes go some way to explaining why Britain is at the top of
the World Health Organisation's list for oral health among
under 12s. With evidence stressing more strongly than ever the
links between oral health and overall health, the need for good
dental care habits is clear.
The economic downturn has affected all of us, but we should not
allow the situation to affect health needs. The Foundation welcomes
investment in dentistry, something the public have wanted, and
COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL
CARE INSPECTION REPORT - UNISON RESPONSE
UK’s largest public sector union, is in a press statement sent out
on 27 January 2009 is calling on councils to deliver care, not cash
to vulnerable adults needing their support. UNISON who now
represents around 300,000 members working in social care is calling
for investment in the social care workforce to be stepped up. This
call by the union following a report published by the Commission for
Social Care and Inspection called:- ‘The state of social care
in England 2007 to 2008’.
UNISON National Officer for Social Care, Helga Pile, said:- “A
lack of adequate government funding has forced councils to
deliver personalisation ‘on the cheap’. Most schemes focus on giving
people cash to buy their own care, which is throwing up a multitude
of problems. This is just a new variation of one-size fits all care,
and it simply does not work for everyone. Our social care members
want elderly and vulnerable people to be able to live independently
in the community, but there is strong evidence that older people
don’t want the hassle of having to manage their own care budget.
What people need is care, not cash. They need quality local services
that they can rely on. To make sure we can deliver truly
personalised care we are going to need more staff with more time and
that means 1 million additional care workers by 2025. This is a huge
target to meet and means we need to invest nor for the future to
deliver a well trained, and properly paid workforce.”
The report is available from