October go-ahead for fair tips
USING tips to
make up staff pay to minimum wage levels will be outlawed from
October this year, the government announced. This will give
thousands of workers fair wages and will ensure a fair and level
playing field for employers and boost consumer confidence in the use
of tips. The government will also be working towards greater
transparency and clarity for consumers through a new industry code
of best practice.
Employment Relations Minister Pat McFadden said:- "When people
leave a tip for staff, in a restaurant or anywhere else, they have a
right to know that it will not be used to make up the minimum wage. It is also important for employers to have a level playing field on
This is a basic issue of fairness. We do not believe employers
should be able to use tips meant as a bonus for staff to boost pay
levels to the legal minimum. Our consultation showed wide
support for these changes, including from business groups, and we
are working with them to ensure that consumers get the information
The announcement is the government's response to a consultation on
the use of tips, gratuities, service charges and cover charges in
payment of the national minimum wage. The consultation
received wide support for the government's plans to ensure tips are
not used to make up the minimum wage - a majority of businesses
responding to the consultation backed the proposed changes.
The government is working with consumer and business groups over
ways of boosting clarity and information, which could include a new
scheme for participating businesses to promote clear tipping
Steve Brooker, markets expert for Consumer Focus, said:- "We
are glad the Government has listened to calls from Consumer Focus
and other groups to close the outrageous loophole allowing employers
to use tips to make up the minimum wage. This is a real
victory for common sense, for both employees and consumers.
From October customers can be confident their tips will always go to
waiting staff, which will allow employees to fully reap these
rewards. In the meantime we would urge consumers to pay their tips
in cash to ensure staff receive the full amount."
A spokesperson for Pizza Hut said:- "We are pleased that the
Government has finally closed the loophole that allows employers to
top up staff wages with tips. We have always ensured our
employees receive 100% of their tips on top of wages and have been
calling for an industry commitment to fair tips for some time.
We would be delighted to work with the Department for Business
Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to help develop a best code of
practice for the industry."
It’s a Knockout! Could You Take Up The Challenge?
DUE to the
fantastic success that was Children Today’s ‘It’s a Knockout’
Challenges in 2008, we are pleased to announce that this event will
be taking place again on Sunday 19 July 2009 at Riversdale Police
Club at Aigburth in Liverpool.
This wacky and wild local event will be hosted by the ‘Utterly
Brilliant’ Timmy Mallett. Children Today are looking for teams of up
to 10 people to take part with a minimum sponsorship of £1000.
Local fundraiser Elizabeth Oakes commented:- “This will be a
fun day for everyone involved! And at the same time the sponsorship
monies raised will go towards helping Children Today purchase
vitally important life changing specialised equipment for disabled
and sick children in the local area.” If you are game for a laugh, don’t mind getting soaking wet and
covered in foam then what are you waiting for? Sign up today for
this hugely enjoyable version of the much loved television classic.
For further details please call the events teams on:- 01244 335622 or
you can also
email then via:-
Liverpool ONE – A
Year in Pictures Exhibition
IT has been almost a year since
the £1bn Liverpool ONE development, Europe’s largest urban and
retail led city centre regeneration project, opened its streets to
the public for the first time. And what a year it’s
The 29 May 2008 saw 200,000 people walk the streets of Liverpool ONE
for the very first time. Since then millions of shoppers have
Liverpool ONE has welcomed a host of new names to its shopping
portfolio, from Pull & Bear (the first store of its kind to open in
the UK) to Cath Kidston, and is anchored by two of the biggest names
in retail; John Lewis and Debenhams. New and exciting retailers fill
every inch of the 42-acre development from South John Street to
Paradise Street and into Peter’s Lane and Keys Court.
The Leisure Terrace, with its
stunning view across Chavasse Park, passed the new Hilton and One
Park West, and down to the historic docks, has opened a plethora of
some of the best loved restaurants including Wagamammas, Zeligs and
The Odeon Cinema, with its 14-screens, has showcased everything from
James Bond to the new Wolverine movie, and made headlines as one of
the UK’s busiest cinemas.
We have welcomed The Queen and the Princess Royal. Celebrities and
VIPs have flocked to shop and enjoy Liverpool ONE, from Tim Cahill
to Gok Wan!
It’s been a year to remember and we want you to share your memories
and pictures with us. To celebrate the first anniversary of the
opening of Liverpool ONE we are asking you for your memory, your
favourite image of Liverpool ONE.
Whether it is a photo of you and
your loved ones enjoying your time in Liverpool ONE or an artistic
shot of the development as the cranes filled the skyline, we want to
All entries will be reviewed and showcased on the Liverpool ONE
website picture gallery. A selection of the judges’ favourites will
form a special ‘Liverpool ONE - A Year in Pictures’
exhibition, which will be unveiled in Liverpool ONE on Friday 29 May
2009 as part of the 1st anniversary celebrations.
Anniversary celebrations will centre on Chavasse Park at the heart
of Liverpool ONE on Friday, 29 May 2009. Entertainment will include
al fresco dining on Chavasse Park with musical entertainment
throughout the evening and a whole host of family fun.
All entries to be sent to
Deadline for entries is Friday, 15 May 2009
Photos to be sent was high res jpegs with contacts details
For more details please visit:-
There is no limit to the number of entries per person
Deadline for entries is Friday, 15 May 2009
Your image must be at least 300dpi
Please supply us with your full name, email address and a contact
number or we won’t be able to use your entry in the exhibition
Your submission must be your original image and must not breech any