Cathedral to host finance debate
LIVERPOOL Cathedral is to host a
free public debate about finance on October 27. Policy Provocations:- ‘Can finance ever be fair and does it even matter?’
feature Frank Field MP, Labour MP for Birkenhead and Chair of the
Independent Review on Poverty and Life Changes (published 2010) and
Lord Whitty, outgoing Chair of Consumer Credit, who will talk about
the state of financial exclusion today and why it matters.
Lord Whitty will ask how effective recent measures to fight
financial exclusion have been for the individual and whether
financial inclusion can help build a fairer society and stronger
communities. Frank Field will discuss the impact of financial
exclusion in Liverpool and the Merseyside area and will consider
measures taken by organizations such as RBS and the Charity Bank to
improve financial inclusion.
The event has been organized by the University of Liverpool and is
free and open to all but booking is essential. Click on
or call:- 0151 794 2650. An informal reception will follow the event from
John Flamson, Director of Partnerships and Innovation at the
University, said:- "The new financial environment has profound
implications for the way we live our lives and how our cities
function. During this time of unprecedented change, we must
challenge ourselves to ask the difficult questions and then deliver
innovative solutions. Working with civic partners across Liverpool,
this new series of events will bring city, UK and international
figures together to focus on big policy issues. We want it to
provide a space for people across the city to learn, engage in
debate and think about how we can do things differently."
works near completion
WORK gets underway on Phase
4 of the £2.2 million Queens Drive improvement scheme on Sunday, 23
October 2011. The, which started in August, has involved carriageway
resurfacing and the replacement of sections of street lighting
between Townsend Avenue and Stuart Road (the boundary between
Liverpool and Sefton).
The significant city council investment, which will bring essential
improvements to one of the city’s important strategic corridors -
has been carried out in four phases, to minimise disruption as much
Phase 1 (Townsend Avenue to Utting Avenue) and Phase 2 (Utting
Avenue to A580 Walton Hall Avenue) have now been completed, with
Phase 3 (A580 Walton Hall Avenue to Rice Lane Flyover) due to be
completed this weekend.
The project enters its final phase this Sunday (Rice Lane Flyover to
Stuart Road). This phase of the work, which will be completed on 6
November, is likely to be the most disruptive, due to the large
volume of traffic that uses this section of the road. Delays are
expected at a key junction (Southport Road / Breeze Hill), within
The city council has liaised with Sefton Council over the likely
impact on their side of the boundary, and is working with them to
ask motorists to consider using alternative routes, or to allow
additional time for their journeys. A briefing has been
provided for Sefton’s contact centre, Sefton Plus, so information
can be given to customers, and letters - providing a description of
the works and key contacts – are being delivered to residents with
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and
Transport, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:- "We’ve worked
really hard throughout this vital scheme to keep disruption to a
minimum, and we’ve worked closely with local people, businesses and,
of course, Sefton Council, to keep them up-to-date, at every step of
Queens Drive is one of the most important roads in the city, and a
major route for business, so it’s essential it is well maintained.
I’m really pleased that the works have progressed so smoothly and
that we are on target to complete the scheme on schedule. And with
less than three weeks to go to, we are asking people to be patient
with us for just a little while longer. Once this work is
completed, it will bring huge benefits for motorists, residents and
businesses – on both sides of the Liverpool/Sefton border - for
years to come."
Information boards have been put in place, informing motorists about
the final phase of the works, and variable message signs have been
activated at key locations - both across the city and within the
Sefton boundary (A565 Derby Road and Southport Road).
The city council will also be relocating its mobile variable message
signs to key locations, to provide advance warning of the works and
enable motorists to make informed choices about which route to take.
Traffic management measures have been in place throughout the
duration of the works. Traffic is full contra-flow to allow work on
each carriageway to completed, with the road reduced to a single
lane in each direction. A dedicated traffic officer is on-site
24 hours a day to provide access to residential and business
The city council has also been working closely with Liverpool and
Everton Football Clubs to make sure the works cause the least
possible disruption to travelling football fans. To support this,
traffic management measures will be completely removed on 3
occasions during the final phase of works. Already one of the
3 has taken place for the Everton v Chelsea, but it will also be into force
the following day:-
► Everton v Manchester United – 29 October
► Liverpool v Swansea – 5 November 2011
Much of the traffic which uses this section of road is freight
travelling to the Port of Liverpool and the wider docks area.
City Council has liaised with the Freight Transport Association and
Road Haulage Association to advise them of the works and request
that they ask their members to seek an alternative route during the
The contractor for the Queens Drive works is Tarmac, with Enterprise
Liverpool managing the project.
THE Liverpool based dance organisation
Merseyside Dance Initiative has been tasked with raising £5000 in
pledges before 31 October 2011, as part of the national Big Give Christmas
The organisation’s Dance and Health programme 'Move on Up' was
selected for the scheme by Big Give bosses who were impressed with
the organisation’s outreach work, which also won them a MOBO in
2010. Through the Big Give Scheme, MDI will see the initial pledges
effectively quadrupled over a series of fundraising challenges as
long as they reach each target. However, this will only happen if
the organisation reaches its £5k target this week.
The Big Give provides an intelligent way for proactive
philanthropists to support charities and projects of interest, and
for charities to engage with donors new and old. The Big Give
showcases the work of over 8,000 charities. It runs a wide variety
of innovative programmes which help charities raise further income
whilst enabling donors to increase the impact of their donations.
The Big Give is free to all users thanks to the generous support of
the Reed Foundation, the charitable arm of Reed Specialist
The first step of MDI’s Challenge is to gather pledges from
supporters including private donors and from large organisations.
These pledges will then be combined with an equivalent level of
funds from an external sponsor, which will be used to double online
donations made by the public in the Big Give Christmas Challenge
2011 Week in December. Once the pledges have combined with the
sponsor funds and this is matched with donations made online the
initial pledge will be worth up to four times its original value.
The money raised will fund MDI’s
dance and health activity across Merseyside in 2012. There is a
growing body of evidence showing that taking part in dance activity
can have a positive impact on people's physical and mental health
and wellbeing and we believe that our project will reinforce this
view and have a dramatic impact on those taking part. In 2010, MDI
partnered Liverpool PCT and Liverpool City Council as Dance
Ambassadors for Liverpool's Year of Health and Wellbeing and
expanded out health focused work by delivering a range of projects
working with all age groups - from around 18 months to 80 years +.
The organisation has devised a programme of work aimed at benefiting
a diverse range of individuals, groups and communities across the
region. Partners and Groups include: Early Years Groups inc. Sure
Starts; Alder Hey Hospital; Aintree Hospital; Granby Care Home;
Hector Peterson Court; Adults and Children with disabilities; Adults
with Dementia and Parkinson’s; Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
In order to continue this great work into 2012 MDI is looking for
pledges of money from businesses, trusts, foundations, dance lovers,
individuals and philanthropists. Pledges are conditional and depend
on MDI securing online donations a second challenge week to be held
in December. Any donors will receive recognition both online and in
print used to publicise the dance and heath projects. Donors will
also be invited to MDI's health events and performances as a special
Rachel Rogers, Project Development Manager at MDI said;- "MDI's
dance and health programme is so important for the organisation. For
us, working with people from diverse communities who don't usually
have access to this type of activity is vital, we're aiming to make
a difference by working with individuals, groups and communities in
places you might not expect to find dance. We know dance makes a
difference, whether it's an adult who has dementia, a child with
autism or a person recovering from an operation in a hospital bed,
you only have to see the smiles on people's faces and feel the
energy in the room to know that the work is of real value.
The Big Give Christmas Challenge gives us a real opportunity to
raise money to fund this work by increasing the value of pledges by
up to four times as much! It would be fantastic to have the backing
of local businesses and communities and for them to know that their
pledges will, through our projects make a real difference to people
in Merseyside in 2012"
To make a pledge you simply need
to fill out a form by 31 October 2011 by clicking
In addition, MDI are happy to offer additional information about the
project aims and beneficiaries in more detail so give them a call on:-
0151 708 8810 and ask for Rachel.