SOME CHANGES TO
ROYAL MAIL SERVICES IN SOUTHPORT
ROYAL Mail are making some
changes to the way it delivers mail in Southport over the next few
weeks. From this week, postmen and women at Southport Delivery
Office will use new delivery methods and adopt revised delivery
routes as these changes are introduced on a phased basis.
"Royal Mail provides one of the most comprehensive and best value
mail services in the world. Our postmen and women play a vital role
in the Southport area, as well as across the rest of the UK, where
we deliver to almost 29 million addresses, 6 days a week.
However, we need to modernise the way we operate. We are therefore
making changes at our Southport Delivery Office to maintain our
services and to keep our prices amongst the lowest in Europe."
they told us in a press release.
Why is Royal Mail are making these changes?:-
"The way in which we communicate with each other has changed
dramatically. Unfortunately, fewer letters are now posted every day
and Royal Mail needs to organise its delivery routes to be as
efficient as possible. We also deliver more larger items and so we
are investing in new equipment to carry these items to customers
even more securely. The new equipment also reduces the risk of
injury to our postmen and women from carrying heavier mail bags."
said Royal Mail.
What this means for Southport:-
Royal Mail will continue to deliver in the morning and for a longer
period during the day. Many customers will continue to get their
mail by lunchtime.
► The time customers receive mail
will depend on where they live on the new delivery route. This may
be later or possibly earlier than current delivery times.
► When mail volumes vary, we may need to adjust delivery
arrangements and times.
If customers have any queries they can call the Royal Mail Customer Services
Team on:- 0845 601 1399.
For deaf and hard of hearing customers can
use the Textphone:- 0845 600 0606.
Local elected representatives and business groups are also being
advised of these changes.
These changes will require a period of adjustment for staff.
However, Royal Mail said that they will be doing everything possible to maintain a
high level of service and thanks customers for their understanding.
Royal Mail’s Collections and Delivery Sector Manager, Hannah Stott,
said:- "We are proud of the high regard in which our postmen
and women are held in this area. The changes to delivery routes will
mean that a member of our local and experienced team will still be
delivering to our customers in Southport. The local delivery team and I are fully committed to providing a
high quality of service that is as reliable and friendly as
customers have come to expect from Royal Mail in Southport over many
Co-operative Group Travel
THE management of the new
Joint Venture between the Co-operative Group Travel, Midlands Co-op
Travel and Thomas Cook have announced the start of consultations on
300 potential redundancies. They are proposing to consolidate
various parts of their support functions into the Thomas Cook Head
Office in Peterborough, resulting in redundancies at the existing
Co-operative Group Travel and Midlands Co-op offices in Burslem,
Manchester, Ilkeston and Lichfield. Sharon Ainsworth, Usdaw National
Officer said:- "This news will not be a big surprise to our
members, but that does not make it any less devastating for them and
their families. We were pleased that the Co-op have maintained 120
jobs at their Burslem office, working in the Group’s membership
division, but that will not fill the hole left by the relocation of
their Travel head office. While there may be some jobs available in
Peterborough, it is unlikely that many of our members will be able
to relocate, so unfortunately it looks like a redundancy situation
for many. Consultations with the joint venture are ongoing and we
will continue to examine their business case in detail. We will be
working closely with the management of the Joint Venture to do
everything possible to help our members with their efforts in
gaining new employment. Our members in Co-operative Travel and
Midlands Co-op have worked extremely hard in very difficult
circumstances, while their future has hung in the balance for the
past 12 months. Their professionalism and commitment has been
New deal to
create 1300 apprenticeships
MORE than 1300
apprenticeships are set to be created in Liverpool over the next 3
years through a new £1.1 million Community Interest Company.
The city council is pumping £800,000 into the 'Liverpool
Apprenticeship Service', which is set to be approved at a Cabinet
meeting on Friday 21 October following a competitive tender process.
The project will be a joint venture with Liverpool Chamber of
Commerce, which represents more than 1700 businesses in the city.
They have partnered with Liverpool Community College who are putting
a further £300,000 into the scheme, and the Eldonian Group Limited.
The new Community Interest Company is part of the council’s
commitment to increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities,
which has already seen 635 positions created since May 2010 through
a range of initiatives.
Councillor Nick Small, Liverpool’s Cabinet member for Employment,
Enterprise and Skills, said:- "The new Liverpool
Apprenticeship Service will play a significant role in creating high
quality employment opportunities for people in the city. I am
pleased that we have been able to award the contract to the Chamber
of Commerce who have an unrivalled relationship with hundreds of
firms in the city.
They will work closely with Liverpool Community College and the
Eldonian Group Limited to make sure that the apprenticeships are
high quality and lead to permanent employment. A lack of
skills is the main factor in preventing residents from securing
employment and that is why this scheme is so important to reducing
worklessness in the city."
The scheme will be particularly aimed at 16-19 year olds who are not
in education, employment or training (NEET); care leavers; teenage
parents; looked after children; young offenders; residents from
disadvantaged communities and black and minority ethnic groups.
The employers targeted will include sectors that do not have a high
take up rate of apprenticeships, and those in areas which are a
priority for the City Region such as the Low Carbon Economy. A
minimum of at least 250 apprenticeships will be created in the first
Tony McGann, Vice Chair of the Eldonian Group Limited - which works
on social, physical and regeneration projects in the Vauxhall area
of north Liverpool - said:- "The Eldonians are absolutely
delighted with the news that Liverpool City Council is creating 1300
apprenticeships across the City.
We are hopeful that many of the apprenticeships will be taken up by
people from the North End of Liverpool and will give young people
aged between 16 and 24 an opportunity that will lead to permanent
It just goes to show you that despite the enforced budget cuts and
against all the odds, Liverpool City Council is still trying to make
things happen in this City. The Eldonians will be actively
encouraging our community to take up this, once in a lifetime,
The city council will have a 19.9% shareholding in the Community
Interest Company, and will also be represented on the Board of
Liverpool’s Director of Regeneration and Employment, Nick Kavanagh,
said:- "The new Community Interest Company will help transform
the lives of many hundreds of people, giving them a leg up on to the
employment ladder and the chance to develop their skills so they can
compete for a job."
The apprenticeships which have already been created through a range
of city council initiatives since May 2010 are:-
► 250 - in the hotel sector through the De Vere Academy
► 133 - in a range of private sector companies through a business
► 100 - young apprentices through the Merseyside Apprenticeship
► 80 – at Liverpool City Council
► 28 – at Liverpool Mutual Homes
► 24 - at Enterprise, the council’s highways, street scene and
► 20 - at Glendale, the council’s parks maintenance partner