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13 May / 12 May 2009
Southport businesses urged to tap into £4.8m skills funding...
THE Learning and Skills Council
has announced £4.8m to ensure that businesses on Merseyside have the
necessary skills to survive the downturn and are prepared for future
Funding has been made available through the LSC and European Social
Fund to support companies which are re-structuring their business as
a result of current economic conditions.
Up to £90,000 is available to companies for bespoke training needs
dependent on the company contribution. Support is available to
Merseyside’s large and small companies who have a clear need
to-up-skill employees following restructuring or as a result of new
Helen France, Director of Area at the Learning and Skills Council
Greater Merseyside, said:- "This programme will offer bespoke
training that responds to the individual needs of employers. Our aim
is to provide a rapid response to businesses on Merseyside ensuring
that they are not only equipped for more difficult economic
conditions but have the necessary skills base in place to capitalise
on the upturn when it comes.”
The support package is being delivered by local training provider -
Sysco. Businesses wanting to know how to access the funding should
contact Train to Gain Brokerage Service direct on:- 0845 00 66 888.
MP John Pugh goes on the record...
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LOCAL MEP IN EXPENSES TRANSPARENCY VICTORY
A campaign for open and honest
reporting of the expenses paid to European MPs championed by North
West Liberal Democrat Euro-MP, Chris Davies, has been given a major
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg announced at the launch of his party's
European election manifesto in London that his MEPs would be
required to publish details of all money they receive from public
And he called on every candidate standing in the election on 4 June
2009 to do the same.
For Chris Davies it marked an important step forward in his campaign
to secure reform and improvement of the current regime.
In February last year (2008) he blew the whistle on dishonest
MEPs by leaking details of a confidential report from European
Parliament auditors that revealed how some members were abusing the
system of paying their staff.
Last November, North West MEP Den Dover, elected as a Conservative,
was ordered to pay back £500,000 after it was revealed that he had
paid £758,000 over a period of years to a company owned by his wife
Davies says that unless MEPs are required to reveal full details of
their expenses to the public in the 27 European Union countries
there will be insufficient pressure for thorough reform.
MEP, Chris Davies said:- "I explained to Nick Clegg that the
Liberal Democrats' current arrangements did not go far enough, and
he has backed me 100%.
We may not yet be able to achieve reform
across the whole of Europe, but we can at least promise voters in
Britain that the candidates we put before them are committed to an
open and honest approach."
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