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Issue:- 8 December  2011

Local firms invited to help build school

LOCAL firms are being given the opportunity to help build a new secondary school in Liverpool.  Notre Dame Catholic College is set to be rebuilt on a site adjacent to Everton Park Lifestyles Centre, on the edge of the Project Jennifer regeneration scheme. It is part of the city council’s Investment Plan for Secondary Schools, devised as a rescue package following the scrapping of Wave 6 of Liverpool’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project last year.   Councillor Jane Corbett, cabinet member for education, said:- "We are very clear that we want to make sure that local firms and local businesses benefit from our secondary schools investment plan helping create jobs for local people Our proposals are built around delivering educational excellence and improving the City’s economic prosperity so that the schools truly help regenerate an area. It is part of our ambition to make sure that new schools are closely tied to the city’s regeneration and help build stronger communities, so that they are literally made in Liverpool."

Notre Dame would be 1 of 3 schools in Liverpool rebuilt using a scheme never before seen in the UK or Europe called EdVenture.  Schools are built under a structure similar to a modern airport terminal building, which is far cheaper than the traditional method and offers more flexibility as the internal layout and even the entire use of the site can be changed in the future

Willmott Dixon Northern Local Construction Office Managing Director Anthony Dillon said:- "In addition to the educational and community benefits these schools will bring to the area, we are committed to ensuring that we maximise the opportunities for local businesses and labour in partnership with Liverpool City Council."

The Notre Dame scheme could also provide a home for a new health and wellbeing centre and indoor market traders.  A planning application is due to be considered shortly and, if approved, work could start next summer and be completed in 2013.  Frances Harrison, Headteacher at Notre Dame Catholic College said:- "We believe that it is important for our new school building to enrich local businesses as well as our students. The build will create supply chain opportunities for numerous local firms and allow for growth and prosperity within our community while creating an educational hub that will serve the young people of Everton Valley for years to come. In the difficult economic times we face, it is vital for communities to band together and support one another wherever possible to benefit the welfare of these young people and provide them with the best possible prospects."

The Investment Plan for Secondary Schools includes alternative set of proposals targeted at 7 other schools which are most in need.

The other Ed Venture schemes are:-

Archbishop Beck Catholic High School relocated to Long Lane with an option of co-locating with a special school. Start date: Autumn 2012 with opening in Autumn 2013

St John Bosco Arts College on the Stonebridge Cross development with the possibility of it becoming co-educational and with an option of co-locating with a special school. Start date: Dependent upon wider Stonebridge Cross scheme

The other proposals are:-

Holly Lodge Girls College to be partially rebuilt through construction of new buildings and disposing of the front half of the site. Start date for this would be 2013, with opening in 2015

Relocating Archbishop Blanch Church of England High School and St Hilda’s Church of England High School on the Edge Lane corridor as part of the wider regeneration of the area. The Governors of St Hilda’s may also consult on becoming co-educational. Start date is in early 2013, with opening set to be in 2015.

Rebuild and co-locate St Julie’s Catholic High School with SFX (St Francis Xavier’s) College on the Beaconsfield campus with a shared 6th form. Start date is set for 2015 with completion in 2017.

Further schemes, as part of Phase 2, could take place after 2015.

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Government and Credit Reference Agency work together to stop £800m benefit fraud & error

BENEFIT cheats are being warned that Government will work with a credit reference agency (CRA) to track down fraudsters across the country.  HMRC and DWP are delivering on the Prime Minister’s commitment to draw on the expertise of credit reference agencies (CRAs) to tackle fraud and error. The Departments have signed a twelve month contract with Experian to help drive down unacceptably high levels of tax credit and benefit fraud and error.  HMRC and DWP will work with Experian to identify undisclosed partners and income; all of which affect how much money claimants are entitled to receive.  A recent pilot of this work has already protected more than £16m of anticipated losses in tax credits.  The first cases identified by Experian as part of this work are already with fraud investigators. Using the Experian data, the departments expect to save around £800m over life of the contract.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, said:- "I’m delighted that following a very successful pilot we are able to take forward a partnership which will work in the interests of all honest taxpayers and benefit recipients. The Government will not tolerate people who dishonestly divert money away from those who are genuinely entitled to it. Working with Experian will allow HMRC to escalate the fight against tax credit fraudsters, helping to ensure that they are caught and punished."

Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, said:- "Benefit fraud is a crime and we are committed to stamping it out.  We will catch and punish those who abuse the system and prevent fraud from entering in the first place. Alongside this work at the frontline, we are bringing in the Universal Credit which will simplify and automate the benefits system. This will make it much easier to catch people who make false claims."

"Privet maternity contract is the thin end of the wedge!"

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, is warning that the maternity deal between private company, One to One and NHS Wirral is the "thin end of the wedge." "The Government is moving steadily towards the privatisation of NHS services" said Paul Foley, UNISON North West Lead Organiser in Health, adding that the Government is wedded to promoting more private deals across the NHS. He went on to say:- "Maternity services are for too important to be entrusted to unaccountable private companies. Of course pregnant women want choice, but they want a genuine choice over whether to have their baby in hospital or at home, or whether to do so by conventional means or to use alternative methods such as water births. They don’t want an artificial choice between different types of providers, being brought about not in the best interests of mothers and mothers to be, but in the interests of a free market ideology that wants to undermine the NHS. This is exactly the sort of initiative we can expect more of if the government succeed in getting their massively dangerous Health and Social Care Bill passed, with its commitment to a wholesale competitive free-for-all. Cameron and Lansley gave a pre-election commitment that the NHS would not be privatised. Yet here we are seeing it all again and this time it’s very much a case of women and children first."

Jewellery Stolen At Knifepoint

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Police are on the hunt for expensive jewellery stolen in an armed robbery in Tuxford following the arrest of 2 people. 3 men are reported to have barged into a property in Lincoln Road at about 8.15pm on Monday, 28 November 2011 and threatened the female resident with a Stanley knife and hammer. They demanded she direct them to the safe, where they located the key and made off with a quantity of expensive jewellery. The intruders then fled in a silver family saloon car with a tow bar attachment, leaving their victim shaken but uninjured. The stolen items include a lady’s yellow gold Rolex watch, with diamonds at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 positions; a man’s yellow gold ring, featuring three old brilliant cut diamonds and a heavy yellow gold bark textured solid mount; and a lady’s Art Deco diamond bracelet, featuring six symmetrical panels surrounding a larger panel, and all containing brilliant cut diamonds. A gold ring, also believed to have been stolen in the burglary, was recovered following the arrest of a 20-year-old woman and 23 year old man in Sheffield on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 on suspicion of armed robbery. They have since been bailed pending further enquiries. DC Mick Booth said:- "We would like to ask jewellers and those in the market for jewellery, perhaps for a Christmas present, to be on the look out for these particular pieces. As well as being of high monetary value, the jewellery is a family heirloom and of great sentimental value to the owners, who would like it back. If you have seen jewellery matching the descriptions provided please get in touch." Anyone with any information is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on:- 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

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