Joint budget work to begin in Liverpool
Liverpool’s political parties will make history later this week when
they start work on a joint budget. It is believed to be
the first time in living memory that they have united and put aside
their differences to work on the city’s finances. The ruling Labour
administration, the Opposition Liberal Democrats and the Green Party
have all signed up to be part of the budget setting process.
The City Treasury has spent the last month examining scores of
spreadsheets provided by Whitehall departments, to work out the
total impact of changes in central government funding.
The fall in Whitehall funding, combined with additional budget
pressures, means the council needs to save £141 million between now
A total of £91 million will have to be saved in 2011/12 alone –
which amounts to 22% of the city’s controllable budget.
Council Leader Joe Anderson said:- “These are extremely
challenging times and we are facing a reduction in funding the likes
of which has not been seen since the second world war.
I am pleased the other party leaders have agreed to work with us on
the budget to examine every line of expenditure and work out how we
can make savings that protect the most vulnerable in the city.
We have already taken some action such as reducing the number of
senior managers, doing away with bonuses and cutting spending on
accommodation and marketing.
But such is the scale of the budget reduction imposed by Whitehall
that there is no area of council spending which will not be
Opposition Leader, Councillor Warren Bradley, said:- “The
Liberal Democrat group welcomes the opportunity to take part in the
budget setting process, and I look forward to taking part in the
We need to have a mature discussion about the issues that we face
and how we can make sure that we minimise the impact on the elderly
and the young who receive services.”
Leader of the Green Party, Councillor Sarah Jennings, added:-
“These are extremely difficult times and the Green Party is pleased
to be able to input ideas and suggestions.”
A cross-party delegation is due to travel to Westminster on Thursday,
13 January 2011, to outline the severity of the reduction to Communities
Minister Andrew Stunnell MP.
Liverpool City Council is due to set its budget at a meeting on
Wednesday, 23 February 2011.
Could you be a European Language Label winner?
running out to find the winners of this year’s European Language
Label, previously known as the European Award for Languages. If you
are working on an innovative language learning project, make sure
you apply for this prestigious award by 31 January 2011.
The Europe-wide initiative - organised in the UK by CILT, the
National Centre for Languages - celebrates new ways to inspire and
motivate language learners of all ages. Primary and secondary
schools, adult education, business and community projects are all
invited to apply.
Winning projects must provide an inspiration to others, be
replicable and involve any language other than English. This year we
would especially like to hear from projects that involve language
learning as a preparation for work and language learning in the
Catherine Stead, European Language Label Project Manager at CILT
said:- “We’ve seen some really amazing projects submitted over
the years and great enthusiasm from schools and the wider community.
This award gives schools the chance to show how language learning
can be fun as well as being an invaluable life skill.”
Last year’s award winners included a primary schools project in
Devon where pupils combined language learning with PE and a project
where local businesses enabled pupils to use their language skills
in a real-life business situation. This year’s focus for the awards
is on languages that can be used in a career and on language
learning in the community.
There are special prizes available, including the annual Mary
Glasgow Award of £2000. Winners will attend a prize-giving ceremony
in July at the new European Commission offices in London.
To find out more and to download an application form, visit:-
UNISON REJECTS DIVISIVE PAY CUT FOR NHS STAFF
are the largest public sector trade union with over 1.4 million
members, on 11 January 2011, decisively rejected the NHS employers
proposal to freeze all increments for lower graded staff in return
for a no compulsory redundancy agreement. Earlier the North West
Region of the union unanimously rejected the proposal and mandated
its National representatives to vote against. The North West
Regional Health committee said that the offer was divisive and
unworkable. In addition it would be discriminatory especially
against low paid women workers. Delegates also expressed scepticism
that the employers could or would be able to deliver on the no
redundancy promise. Following the regional meeting Paul Foley NW
UNISON Lead officer for health said:- “Delegates to the North
West UNISON Health Committee debated the employers proposal and the
unanimous view was that the proposal was unfair and loaded against
low paid staff. NHS employees are already facing a two year pay
freeze. This coupled with inflation running at close to 4%, VAT now
at 20%, and from April workers face a further hike in National
Insurance. A two year incremental freeze on top of that would make a
massive dent in NHS employees earnings. Given the total abdication
of the government towards tackling bankers huge bonuses, it is a
disgrace that dedicated caring workers should bare the brunt of the
financial sectors disastrous impact on the economy. The time has
come for the government to make those responsible for the financial
crisis pay, not those who deliver essential life saving services to
the community.” The committee agreed that if any Trust moved
to unilaterally impose the freeze a major campaign would be mounted
to resist the devastating attack on health workers pay and
conditions of service.
Heart charity offers grants to support local organisations in the
Heart Foundation (BHF) wants to hear from people with ideas to
improve heart health in the North West. The charity wants to support
local projects that would improve the quality of life for heart
patients and their carers or promote healthier lifestyles for those
at risk of developing heart disease. The BHF is inviting
applications to its Help a Heart Grant programme which makes awards
of between £300 and £2,000 available to voluntary and community
groups to run projects in their local community. Grants have been
used by local groups in a variety of ways. Previous examples include
developing web-based resources for local heart patients. Funds have
also been used to run a swimming programme to promote physical
activity to groups of young carers, as well as programmes that help
heart patients and their carers manage stress. Lisa Purcell,
Heart Health Project Manager at the BHF, said:- “Help a Heart
grants aim to support small community groups that can make a real
difference to people in the North West. Even grants of a few hundred
pounds can have an impact. If you’re a community group with a great
idea to get people fit and healthy in the North West, and improve
the lives of local people affected by heart disease, then we want to
hear from you.” For more information download an application
pack by clicking
THE MARTINI LOUNGE
Photos by John Dietrich
ANNA Fur Laxis and
Paul Dabeck join Millie Dollar and Fred Bear for a passionate night
of glamour at Liverpool’s St Georges Hall! The Martini Lounge
Burlesque Show is delighted to announce their first Grand Showcase
of 2011. This tantalising treat of tease will celebrate Valentines
in the way that only this spectacular burlesque show can.
Following rapturous acclaim from press and audiences alike at their
October and December showcases, The Martini Lounge returns with a
host of new friends and scintillating performances on Friday, 25
February 2011, at Liverpool’s St Georges Hall. Sure to set you and
your suitor in the mood for love, the Martini Lounge Valentines
special promises to be as deliciously dazzling as a bottle of the
Hoping to pop your cork is international burlesque star Anna Fur
Laxis. Praised for her creativity, humour and originality, Anna's
unique take on traditional burlesque performance has seen her
performing shows in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas,
Milan, Paris and Tokyo. A breathtaking, pulse-raising, and
occasionally fatal performer, Anna is acclaimed the world over for
her homage to Bettie Paige and knife/axe throwing routines. She also
recently headlined the Windy City Burlesque festival in Chicago,
performing to sell out audiences over the course of the weekend-long
Internationally acclaimed magician Paul Dabek will leave you open
mouthed as he delves into his box of tricks and delivers a mix of
jaw-dropping sleight-of-hand, enchanting illusions and quick-fire
comedy presented with his impish sense of mischief. Paul's dynamic
and high-energy style has earned him some of the most highly
regarded titles in his field. He has been awarded The Magic Circle’s
'Young Magician of the Year' and The International
Brotherhood of Magicians 'British Shield'.
Comic burlesque diva Mysti Vine will be on hand to add the fizz to
the evening with her hilarious yet titillating routines. With over
15 years of entertaining tucked firmly into her bra-strap, Mysti is
an accomplished stand-up comedienne, compére, variety, burlesque,
cabaret and striptease artist. The self proclaimed ‘ComicGoddess’,
Mysti has worked onstage with Dita Von Teese and Immodesty Blaize
and has also produced & performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival,
most recently hosting the infamous Bongo Club Cabaret the festival’s
longest running Cabaret/Variety show.
Garnishing the evening are the musical stylings of Coco Malone. Coco
is a renowned Jazz and Blues songbird who has also been known to
belt out the occasional show tune. Coco has performed all over the
world gathering more fans as she goes with her beautiful, dulcet
A firm favourite of the Martini Lounge, the one and only Fred Bear
will keep the mischievous minxes in check in his role as compére,
whilst entertaining the audience with his witty banter and
hysterical brand of humour. Fred will also take to the stage to
perform, promising a routine which is sure to both arouse and
delight the audience.
The Martini Lounge treasures the satire and performance art that
evolved since its 19th Century origins and has created a classy and
delightfully ludicrous night of entertainment in the most pertinent
venue to reflect this tradition. On the night, guests will revel in
an exclusive show program whilst enjoying a sumptuous two-course
dinner that will tempt the taste buds prior to the evening
performance, for which the circle seats will be opened.
At the heart of it all, the fabulous Millie Dollar, Liverpool’s very
own Queen of Burlesque & founder of The Martini Lounge will step out
to perform one of her renowned routines. With a wink and a smile,
Millie will entertain and tease you with her unique mix of rock and
roll, sleaze and Las Vegas style Bump and Grind. A firm scene
favourite, Millie has been performing since 2006 and has specialised
in Classic style Burlesque with tributes to Sally Rand.
Widely regarded as the must-see Burlesque showcase in the UK due to
its sell-out status and devoted audience. Following a spectacular
Halloween show, The Martini Lounge invites you to its biggest
showcase of this kind yet; an impressive night of glitz and glamour
from a forgotten age. Join us as we bring an outstanding line-up of
international Burlesque stars to the cultural city of Liverpool in
the striking venue of St. George’s Hall, continuing this alluring
series of shows.
The Martini Lounge Workshop
To coincide with the
show on Friday, 25 February 2011, The Martini Lounge is delighted to
offer the ladies of Liverpool an exclusive burlesque master class.
Following the successful events held in October and December 2010,
the Martini Lounge Workshop returns on Saturday, 26 February 2011,
at 1pm. This wonderful afternoon will feature a lesson in the art of
tease lead by one of the Martini Lounge starlets, following in the
footsteps of Kitten De Ville and Beeby Rose who lead fabulous
workshops in October and December respectively. The workshop will
take place on the top floor of Heebie Jeebies, 80 Seel Street,
Liverpool. A perfect opportunity to learn new ways of seducing your
suitor, we’re sure you’ll agree.
The Martini Lounge Valentines Grand Showcase
Friday, 25 February
2011 at The Concert Room, St Georges Hall...
Dinner Show Guests:- 5.30pm (Doors), 6.30pm (Show) &
Evening Event Guests:- 7.30pm (Doors), 8.15pm (Show).
Tickets:- Dinner Show and Evening Event.
Tables:– £66.70 (£59 Early Bird), including two-course dinner and
Evening Event only.
Circle:– £24 (£21.60 Early Bird).
Balcony:– £17 (limited availability, general admission).
How to Book:- Book over the phone at:- 0844 888 9991 or online at:-
The Martini Lounge Burlesque
1pm, Saturday, 26
February 2011 at The Top Floor, Heebie Jeebies, 80 Seel Street,
Liverpool. How to Book:- Places must be booked in advance.
View further details online at:-