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5 August 2009
Prince Charles honours learning programme
sapling, presented by Prince Charles, has been planted at a major
city interchange as a permanent reminder to Merseytravel’s ground
breaking learning programme.
The sapling, along with a corporate award and top prize, was
presented to Merseytravel by Prince Charles for its Merseylearn
programme which helps employees improve numeracy and literacy
skills. The award was handed over at a garden party hosted at
Clarence House, for the annual Business in the Community (BITC)
Awards for Excellence.
The Prince of Wales
is President of the BITC. The sapling has been planted at
Merseytravel’s flagship Liverpool South Parkway interchange.
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel,
said:- “The BITC award is an honour for all our staff to share
and we’re proud that our achievements have been recognised.
Merseylearn has been a resounding success since it was introduced
five years ago. It has proved to be of enormous benefit to both our
staff and the organisation.”
Liz Chandler, Merseytravel’s Head of Learning and Transformation,
added:- “Merseylearn is enormously popular and has provided
access to learning for 95 per cent of our employees. It’s also good
for morale. We’ve seen a reduction in staff turnover and absenteeism
- and customer complaints have gone down by 50%. It has been
so successful that we have extended the Merseylearn programme to
include Merseyrail as well as local taxi and bus companies.”
Andy Hurren, Chair of the Award judging panel, said:- “I
congratulate Merseytravel on their achievement of Example of
Excellence. Great leadership and commitment has been
demonstrated in driving the programme forward, in partnership with
the trade unions. Merseytravel are fantastic ambassadors for
sustainable workplace learning, with the capacity and ability to
not even come close to the top of a league table of UK break-in
"hotspots". Many people think Liverpool is not very safe and a hot
spot of crime, yet new figures reveal a far better view of Liverpool
and Merseyside over all, than that of our nearest rival big city Manchetser. It is now official that Manchester is the most burgled
area in the UK, suffering almost 20 break-ins every single day. The
Conservative Party in Manchester told the media that the figures a
shocking picture that shows the worst areas had a burglary "in
almost every street" in the Manchester area.
The Home Office data
for the Manchester area showed 35 domestic burglaries per 1,000
households for 2008 to 2009, a total of 7,167. Interestingly, the
Liverpool area comes out at 2,617 over the whole of Merseyside! In
the same table Salford ranked number 20 with 22.3 burglaries per
1000 homes, with a total of 2,181 incidents for 2008 to 2009.
Worryingly, for Manchester residents, this crime problem appears to
be worsening, having risen 8% from 6,646 from the 2007 to 2008 figures.
Interestingly listed 2nd in the top 10 burglary hotspots was
Nottingham, with 33 per 1,000 homes, closely followed by Reading,
and Haringey in London, both with 30 per 1,000 households! Sadly
last week's overall crime figures for 2008-9 showed a 1% rise in
domestic burglaries, representing the first annual increase for 6
years over all. The best areas for came out as the rural area of Teesdale, County Durham, with less than 1.3 break-ins for every
1,000 homes on average. That comes out as just 14 offences in total!
The figures also revealed that the overall the number of police
recorded crimes fell by 5% between 2007 to 2008 and 2008 to 2009.
The figures went on
to show that police recorded 6% fewer violent against the person
offences, 10% fewer vandalism offences and 10% fewer offences
against vehicles. Most importantly for us all, when it comes to our
insurance premiums next year, is that the risk of becoming a victim
of crime as measured by the BCS rose from 22% to 23%, but is well
below its peak of 40% in 1995.
Note that Liverpool is not in the top 10! That is contrary to
popular national opinion!
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