jobs scheme is a step in the right direction
THE Government is launching
a £1 billion scheme that will help tackle the UKís youth
unemployment crisis. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is unveiling
his youth contract programme that will see wage subsidies worth
£2,275 offered to employers to take on 160,000 young people over 3
years. It is hoped the initiative will create 400,000 work and
Liz Field, CEO of the Financial Skills Partnership, said:- "As
well as the new permanent positions that will be created, the
commitment to apprenticeships is very welcome.
Many of the employers we have spoken to have had aspirations to take
on apprentices but a lack of confidence about the current state of
the economy as well as red tape caused them to be hesitant about new
apprentices. The Financial Skills Partnership welcomes the recent
announcement that bureaucracy will be minimised and these further
announcements should help incentivise employers take on young
However, this initiative will need to go further if it is to
completely overhaul the jobs shortage in the UK. Other vulnerable
groups such as women and older workers still remain a concern and as
such there is still a mountain to climb. The Financial Skills Partnership is leading the
way working with key employer groups. We have been inundated with
requests and enquiries from young people about work experience
placements and so we have put in place a matchmaking infrastructure
for work experience that will now hopefully be supported by the
government in a new way. We are also establishing the Graduate
Foundation College, an innovative programme that supports new jobs
and growth for SMEs in financial services across the UK."
ICAN has moved!!!
THE South West Lancashire
Independent Community Advice Network Ltd (ICAN), are pleased to
announce we have moved! We are now situated inside Digmoor Community
Centre on Birleywood. Margaret Highton, Chair of Digmoor Community
Centre Management Committee said:- "We are delighted to
welcome ICAN to the centre. We are looking forward to working
together and are excited about the new opportunities that will be
created for the community, both immediate and across West
Lancashire." ICAN who are supported by The Big Lottery Fund,
offers free advice on a number of issues including Employment Law
and Welfare Rights. Also provided by ICAN is the free use of a large
computer suite available for drop-in from Monday to Friday, starting
at 9am and running to 5pm, with expert I.T Facilitators on hand to
assist users with all their needs, from beginners to more advanced.
Everyone is welcome all ages and abilities. For more information or
advice please do not hesitate to call us on:- 01695 726269.
OMAR ALAWI - WANTED ON BEHALF OF
GREATER Manchester Police
are continuing to try and trace a man who failed to appear at court
in connection with a firearms charge. Omar Alawi (born 07/04/59)
failed to appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on 18
August 2005 after being charged with possession of a section 1
firearm. On Monday, 4 July 2005, police at Manchester Airport
recovered four live rounds of ammunition, after border officials
searched a man who was to board a flight leaving the United Kingdom.
Alawi is believed to have connections with Liverpool, Sheffield and
Birmingham. Police Constable Mike Roberts said:- "We have been
carrying out a number of inquiries to trace Alawi and he still
remains at large. He needs to face the courts in relation to very
serious charges and I would urge anyone with information on his
whereabouts to call us." Anyone with any information on his
whereabouts is asked to call the Police on:- 0161 856 7594 or call
the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
MP and staff
pledge face for charity
JOHN Leech MP and members
of his office have taken on a hairy challenge this month in support
of the world-wide Movember campaign to raise awareness and funds for
menís health issues during the month formally known as Movember.
John Leech and members of his office are donating their top lip and
have been growing a moustache over the course of the month to raise
vital funds and awareness for menís health.
Moustache Season is well underway and MPs across the 3 main
political parties have pledged their support for the Movember
campaign, which has seen thousands of men - ĎMo Brosí - across the
UK in using their moustache to become a walking, talking billboard
for 30 days to put menís health issues firmly on the agenda.
John Leech MP said:- "I know there will be countless families
across my constituency who have been affected by prostate or
testicular cancer. I have raised the issue in Parliament, proposing
Early Day Motion 2343 and Iím also working with my Parliamentary
colleagues to highlight the work of Movember and why we are doing
I have worked closely with many cancer charities over the years and
in Manchester Withington we have one of the best, The Christie
Hospital, and it is campaigns like this that can help support The
Christie and the thousands of patients fight this terrible disease.
The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male
specific cancers; prostate and testicular cancer. The funds raised
are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and their menís
health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of
Levenshulme Liberal Democrat Cllr James Hennigan said:- "Iím
taking part in Movember for the second to help raise vital funds and
awareness for menís health. My friendís father fought prostate
cancer and a number of my family members have suffered from cancer
so itís a cause that means a lot to me." The
here to donate.
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity, said:-
"Even though on the face-of-it Movember appears to be a
light-hearted campaign, it has been hugely successful in not only
raising millions of pounds for research into prostate cancer, but
also managing to get younger men to start thinking about their
It's great that John Leech MP is joining me and thousands of men
across the UK in ditching the razor in support of The Prostate
Cancer Charity. We know that menís health often lags behind as an
issue, both in terms of investment in research and in awareness.
Prostate cancer has certainly been subject to this legacy of neglect
and Movember is helping us to redress this balance and put menís
health firmly in the spotlight."
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne Australia in 2003, Movember
has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.1
million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate so far.
Last year over 111,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas across the UK raised an
amazing £11.7 million.
These funds have helped support The Prostate
Cancer Charity's vital work fighting prostate cancer on every front; through research, support, information and campaigning.