CONSTRUCTION WORKERS BUILD FIRM FOUNDATIONS
A group of young people
from Merseyside is enjoying a golden opportunity to get a foot on
the career ladder thanks to joint initiative between Balfour Beatty,
The Prince’s Trust and Liverpool Community College. The
Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Construction’ Programme, now
in its second year with Balfour Beatty, recruits 16-25 year olds not
in education, training or employment and gives them training and
work experience to improve their chances of getting employment in
the future. All seven of last year’s recruits were offered full time
work at the end of the programme. Nina Thornton, Project
Skills Co-ordinator at Balfour Beatty, said:- "Most of the
students on the programme have been presented with more obstacles
than opportunities in their lives. But the fifteen who made it onto
this year’s programme all shared the same enthusiasm and
determination to succeed. By learning basic construction skills such
as bricklaying and plastering they gain the confidence to go on to
seek work as an apprentice. The Get Into Construction Programme
rewards hard work and commitment and can provide the first step on
an exciting and rewarding career for life." The
students are currently training at Liverpool Community College and
will start work on Balfour Beatty construction sites very soon.
No holiday havens for wealthy tax
IT has been announced by HM
Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that:- "Wealthy tax cheats with
overseas property are now being targeted by a new 200 strong team of
investigators and specialists." The newly formed
HMRC team has now started work, bringing together experts from
across the department who will use new and innovative risk
assessment techniques to identify areas where wealthy individuals
are avoiding and evading taxes and duties. One of the
first groups being targeted is wealthy individuals who own land and
property abroad. Sophisticated data mining techniques have been
applied to publicly available information to identify individuals
who own property abroad. HMRC risk assessment tools are then being
used to highlight those people who do not appear able legitimately
to afford the property, as well as those who do not appear to be
declaring the correct income and gains from the property.
Other work currently planned involves commodity traders and people
holding offshore accounts. Much of this work will be undertaken in
co-ordination with other teams from across HMRC, including those who
deal with corporate entities, residence and domicile issues, and
trusts and estates. Further details will be announced in due course.
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, said:- "The
Government is committed to tackling tax evasion and avoidance across
all areas of the economy. That is why we allocated HMRC £917m to
reduce the tax gap over the next four years in the last Spending
Review. This new team is part of that investment. With HMRC’s
increased capability and expertise, and its increasing success in
tackling evasion both at home and offshore, the message is clear:
there is no hiding place for tax cheats."
remembered with £1,000 for cancer unit
THE family of Barbara
McKeown presented a cheque for £1,000 towards the refurbishment and
extension of the Medical Day Unit at Southport and Formby District
General Hospital. Mrs McKeown, 64, of Skelmersdale, was a
regular patient at the unit until her death from bone marrow cancer.
Her family, who received 175 sympathy cards from well-wishers,
raised the money in lieu of flowers for her funeral. Her
daughter, Janet, said:- "She always said it was a pleasure
coming for treatment at Southport and she would be delighted to know
so much money had been raised for a good cause."
Last month 2 charities; the Marina Dalglish Appeal and West
Lancashire Community Hospice Association; have pledged £500,000 each
towards the £1.3m refurbishment. Sister Julie Marshall, who
has day-to-day responsibility for the medical day unit, said:-
"This gift in Barbara’s memory complements around £50,000 raised
by the many fundraising events held by friends and families of
patients, from legacies left by them and other donations given in
The refurbishment will see the unit significantly expanded to create
a light, airy treatment space for patients, some of whom require up
to eight hours of chemotherapy at a time. There will also be new
consulting rooms and a more comfortable waiting area for patients.
Work will start on the new centre in spring and is expected to be
complete by Christmas.
Road repair disruption at
A warning of delays has
been issued to all visitors to Southport and Formby District General
Hospital, after it was announced that resurfacing work is due to take
place Wednesday, 9 November and be completed on Sunday, 13 November
2011. The work will be on the road at the hospital entrance and
towards the Accident and Emergency Department. It will be closed in
stages to allow the repairs, but vehicle access will be maintained
to all parts of the hospital. Staff will be on hand to direct
drivers during the work. Additional signage will also be provided.
Facilities Manager Andrew Green said:- "We strongly apologise
for any inconvenience the work may cause, but it is essential this
stretch of road is repaired before the cold weather sets in again.
Drivers should allow extra time when visiting us over this period
and we strongly advise using public transport where possible."