Karen Potter Craven Minor JFL
Results Week Ending
17 April 2011
Under 9 Leopards
Formby JSC White 5-0 Birkdale United DR
Town Green Jaguars 2-3 Birkdale Falcons
Formby JSC White
Town Green Jaguars
Under 9 Panthers
Redgate Green 2-3 Southport Trinity White
Birkdale United SAJ 2-2 Ormskirk FC
Town Green Pumas
Formby FC Juniors
Under 10 Eagles Tuesday
Formby JSC Black 1-0 Town Green Jaguars
Under 10 Eagles Sunday
Formby JSC White 6-2 Southport FC Black
Formby JSC Black v Town Green Jaguars
Burscough FC Juniors 0-5 Redgate Black
Southport FC Juniors Yellow
Redgate Rovers Black
Under 10 Hawks
Ormskirk FC 2-3 Hesketh Colts
Redgate Yellow 5-0 Birkdale Hawks
Redgate Rovers Yellow
Southport Trinity Blue
Under 11 Monday
Birkdale United R 8-0 Redgate Rovers
Formby FC Juniors 3-1 Ormskirk FC A
Formby JSC White 9-0 Southport FC Juniors
Southport Trinity 2-0 Birkdale United S
Under 11 Saturday
Ormskirk FC B 3-7 Formby JSC Black
Birkdale United R 2-1 Ormskirk FC A
Under 12 John Disley Cup Wednesday
Town Green 1-2 Kirkby Woodpecker
Under 12B Wednesday
Formby JSC Black 5-4 Southport FC Yellow
Redgate Rovers Green
Under 13 Catherine Oldfield Cup Wednesday
Southport Trinity 1-4 Birkdale United
Southport FC Juniors
Under 14A Wednesday
Formby FC Juniors 1-0 Southport FC Juniors
Ormskirk West End 7-1 Redgate Yellow
Town Green 2-4 Formby JSC White
Under 14B Wednesday
Ainsdale Juniors 4-2 Redgate Green
Under 15 Monday
Formby FC Juniors 7-2 Formby Dons
Town Green 1-0 Birkdale United
Under 15 Wednesday
Formby JSC 5-3 Formby Dons
Under 15 Saturday
Formby FC Juniors 6-2 Ormskirk West End
Formby JSC 4-3 Town Green
Under 16 Monday
Formby FC Juniors 0-1 Jaguars
Under 16 Saturday
Mitch 3-0 AFC Liverpool
Formby FC Juniors 1-4 Breeze
Jaguars 3-0 Town Green
Under 17 Monday
Southport Trinity 7-0 Waterloo Park
Under 17 Saturday
Town Green 1-4 Formby JSC White
Formby JSC Black 1-1 West Lancs Colts
Formby JSC White
Work on Kirkby’s new
walking and cycling project underway
SITE clearance work has begun to
provide new shared use pathways, upgraded crossing points and
improvements to junctions will all be coming to Kirkby as part of a
nationwide project aimed at helping more people make local journeys
on foot or by bike.
Knowsley Council has joined up with charity Sustrans and the
Connect2 project. Sustrans’ Connect2 is a national project providing
new links for pedestrians and cyclists that will help to overcome
the barriers to making safe and easy everyday journeys. Connect2 was
awarded £50million from the Big Lottery Fund following a public vote
in 2007, and is delivering new schemes in communities right across
the UK. Part of this grant will now be making its way to Kirkby.
This project will use a traffic-free greenway through Millbrook
Park, providing new access into Millbrook and Kirkby CE Primary
Schools and into Kirkby Town Centre with the provision of a toucan
crossing at Kirkby Row. The scheme makes use of off-road links along
Valley Road to the disused greenway through to Ribblers Lane, and
will also use quiet roads. The final section of the scheme provides
six toucan crossings at the East Lancashire Road-Moorgate Road
junction, forming a key link into Knowsley Business Park.
The Connect2 project, which should be completed in 2011, forms part
of wider plans in Kirkby to deliver an improvement network of
walking and cycling links, helping people make local journeys
without the need for a car.
The project will be led by a steering group, which will include
representatives from the local community. Full details of the first
meeting will be advertised in due course, but residents can register
their interest in coming along by contacting Paul Buntin 0151 443
Alice Rickwood, Area Manager for Sustrans on Merseyside, added:-
“We’re delighted to be working with Knowsley Council to help
deliver the Connect2 project in Kirkby. Alongside the wider plans
for the town, these improvements will make a real difference in
enabling local people to make their everyday journeys without
needing a car, especially linking major areas of employment to where
We’ve contacted a number of local community groups to ask them to
join the project steering group, and we hope that interested members
of the local community will come along and find out more about this
scheme and offer some suggestions that could make it even better.”
The Sustrans website -
www.sustrans.org.uk - has a
free online map service to discover how to get around everyday on
foot or by bike. Search for local or national routes, plot journeys,
or find what the local area has to offer from schools, supermarkets
and local landmarks to car clubs, bus stops and bike shops.
More protection needed for SME owners facing malicious workplace
THE Forum of
Private Business is calling on the Government to protect small
businesses against employees who exploit employment laws to make
‘vexatious claims’ against them.
Based on its Employment Panel research, in addition to 2008-09
employment tribunal statistics and data from the Civil Mediation
Council (CMC), the Forum estimates that there are approximately
1,900,000 workplace disputes in the UK every year. As part of
its new Get Britain Trading Campaign, the Forum is calling for more
flexibility for smaller employers in order to free them to create
jobs and drive economic growth.
Responding to the Government’s ‘resolving workplace disputes’
consultation, the not-for-profit organisation is highlighting the
results of its latest Employment Law member panel survey.
According to the Forum’s research, 92% of members support giving
judges greater powers to ‘strike out’ weak cases, 86% back doubling
the deposit and costs limits for vexatious claims and 73%
encouraging settlements via greater transparency in revealing
compensation sought and details of rejected settlements.
In addition, 62% support increasing employee claims eligibility from
one to two years, 51% removing expenses payments to witnesses and
41% increasing opportunities for judges to sit alone and introduce
legal officers to make the tribunals process more efficient.
Further, 32% of respondents actually welcome a proposal to introduce
financial penalties for employers who wilfully do not comply with
employment law, suggesting smaller employers are more fair-minded
than many critics argue. However, some members surveyed feel
that this enforcement would be better managed outside the tribunal
system, while others would prefer employment law to be made more
manageable before introducing fines.
“There is often a misconception that businesses tend to ride
roughshod over the rights of employees but this is far from true for
the majority of small businesses that rely on recruiting and
retaining key staff in order to grow. Clearly, we need companies
that do engage in this sort of behaviour to be dealt with, but there
needs to be a better balance so that employment law protects smaller
employers as well as workers. We are currently in a situation where employment
legislation designed to benefit employees can be a real barrier to
creating employment, and favours individual workers at the expense
of the rest of the workforce, often even when those claims are
vexatious. This has to change. We need a fairer system
focusing on mediation and conciliation rather than paving the way
for disputes to reach the tribunal stage, allowing firms to
flourish, create employment and drive economic growth.” said the Forum’s
Chief Executive Phil Orford.
Overall, the Forum is calling for:-
► Greater powers for judges to strike out weak cases and vexatious
claims against business owners.
► The deposit required from employees bringing actions to be increased
to £1000 to discourage vexatious claims, and judges to be able to
request a deposit before pre-hearing reviews.
► The addition of a category of ‘lacking substantial merit’ where
businesses can look at recovering costs from the claimant.
► The extension of the qualification period for unfair
dismissal to 2 years; which will not affect ‘day one’ rights of discrimination, in order to weed out some serial vexatious claimants.
► The greater use of a clause within unfair dismissal law that allows
judges to take account of the size and administrative capabilities
of an employer in the way a dismissal has been handled.
► More recognition of informal ‘good practice’ relationships between
business owners and their staff rather than the presumption of
managerial deficiency within SMEs.
► Greater awareness of and access to mediation services – the
preferred method of dispute resolution.
► Greater balance between management and staff - work plans agreed in
mediation, for example, should be legally enforceable on employees
as well as employers.
► More use of pre-claim conciliation where mediation fails, providing
sufficient resources are available within the Government and ACAS if
this is made mandatory.
► ACAS to be able to request a two-week extension to its timescale for
resolving disputes (a month has been proposed), if there is a
realistic chance of a successful outcome.
► Clearer information for claimants so they are aware of any potential
rewards – and costs – they might incur.
► Changes to the ET1 form that would allow employers – especially
where they will represent themselves – to more fully understand the
claims being made against them.
► If the Government is to allow tribunals to impose additional fines
on businesses, the Forum believes a number of safeguards should be
put in place:
► Fines should be proportional to the business as well as the award,
recognising the disproportional impact of steep fines on small
► The window during which firms can pay 50% of the cost of the fine
should be extended to two calendar months – or introduce a sliding
scale shortening the time in which the 50% relief applies as the
turnover of a business increases - in order to help them control
their cash flow.
► Monthly repayments of fines at the 50% relief rate should be
introduced where it has been agreed and commenced within the prompt
► No additional fine should be levied where businesses have failed on
technicalities, as opposed to a wilful refusal to comply.
Mediation v tribunals
The Forum is arguing that the greater use of mediation would
benefit employers and the public purse. According to the Chartered
Institute of Personnel and Development, dispute resolution costs the
economy £24 billion per year – or approximately £12,000 per case.
While 76% of Employment Panel respondents prefer mediation to
tribunals, 20% have no preference. One of the major reasons given
was that when a workplace dispute has escalated to the tribunal
stage the relationship is already broken beyond repair and employers
fear they will inevitably lose out. Another was the effect the
disproportionate amount of time managing individual employees and
mediation or tribunal claims has on the rest of the workforce.
Many small business owners surveyed are concerned that, coupled with
the inflexibility of the tribunal system, increasingly complex
employment law could make it more difficult to resolve disputes
early. Another significant issue is the belief that tribunals
are biased against employers because the burden of proof is on them
to prove compliance with employment law. In the light of the
Chancellor’s promise of greater scrutiny of the use of ‘no win, no
fee’ lawyers, some business owners pointed out that using these
lawyers encourages employees to take what they believe is ‘revenge’
on their former employer.
According to respondents, the benefits of mediation as opposed to
tribunals include that a third party can help deal effectively with
internal communication problems, and generally that it achieves
conflict resolution rather than producing a winner and loser, which
has been a criticism of the tribunal system.
Internal dispute resolution
However, 67% of small business owners resolve the
majority’ of workplace disputes internally. Just 5% said they
resolve less than half within the workplace while 3% resolve none
Creating a fairer tribunal system is a key element of the Forum’s
Get Britain Trading campaign, which is leading the call for
simplified, proportional employment law and better, more
business-focused training and skills provision.
The campaign is delivered via the organisation’s Communications
Director Business support solution. In addition, smaller employers
can benefit from the Forum’s Practical Employer, a complete guide to
every aspect of staffing a business, which is part of its HR
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