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Issue:- 2 February  2012

1 year on and Merseyside’s ex-seafarers projects are a success

1 year ago 2 projects were launched in Merseyside to support merchant navy ex-seafarers and already 156 people have benefited from the two Projects.  The Better Health for Ex-seafarers and Caseworker Projects were launched at the Eldonian Village in Liverpool to provide advice, help and support across a wide range of health, lifestyle, wellbeing and financial concerns which ex-seafarers may experience.  Many of the recipients are facing financial difficulties and over £26,000 of support has been given by a range of maritime charities. The money will provide small annual grants towards living expenses or one off grants for specific items.

In its first year the projects have helped Merseyside’s ex-seafarers:-

►  Find appropriate health or community services.

►  Keep in touch with other ex-seafarers.

►  Meet their accommodation needs.

►  Live independently.

►  Gain access to grants from maritime organisations.

►  Gain their full benefit entitlement.

The projects were established as older ex-seafarers are more likely to have poorer health, be socially isolated and may find it difficult to access support; due in part to the circumstances surrounding their time at sea.

Both projects are funded by the Maritime Charities Funding Group which includes Nautilus International, and the Seaman’s Hospital Society and are delivered in partnership with the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society. The Projects work with a range of public service and voluntary sector organisations in Merseyside and the North West including the NHS in Sefton, Wirral and Liverpool.

Specific support to beneficiaries includes providing a tumble dryer for someone with chronic respiratory problems who lives in a 12th floor flat and had nowhere to dry washing, and an elderly gentleman who wanted to be able to use the internet and was helped to find a free local course. Two gentlemen with mobility problems now have new motorised scooters.

Several people with severe chronic diseases were unaware that they were entitled to extra statutory benefits and have been assisted in claiming their full entitlements.

Annual grants have been awarded to a number of ex-seafarers to help with living expenses; people who did not know that help was available from maritime charities until they contacted the Projects.

Many more have also appreciated one to one health advice and information about what their local NHS and community projects have to offer.

Appeal for help finding next of kin in USA!

LIVERPOOL Coroner's Office is appealing for the next of kin of a man from Old Swan to come forward. Reginald Shaw, aged 95, of West Oakhill Park, died at his home on Tuesday, 31 January 2012. Mr Shaw's death is not being treated as suspicious and it is believed that he may have relatives in New York in the United States. Mr Shaw's next of kin, or anyone with any information about their whereabouts, is asked to call Albert Howard-Murphy, at Liverpool Coroners Office from US on:- 0044 151 233 4703 or from UK on UK 0151 233 4703.

Liverpool bids to become home to world’s first Green Investment Bank

LIVERPOOL City Region Cabinet, has submitted its bid to be the home of the world’s first Green Investment Bank. If successful, the bid would be prestigious and lucrative for Liverpool, bringing between 50 and 70 jobs to the city centre, and establishing it as a £3bn centre of expertise for financing green projects. The role of the Bank will be to invest in green businesses such as wind power and recycling, and assist the development of the green economy in the UK.

The bid, put together by the city region’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), builds on Liverpool’s outstanding and growing credentials as a home for green business and innovation.

Among the city’s selling points as the Bank’s home are:-

►   Its existing strength in green business, with over £20bn of low carbon projects already in development

►   Its talent pool of over 30,000 senior banking and finance personnel as well as its existing centres for green economy expertise such as the University of Liverpool

►   Cost effectiveness:- business operating costs are up to 30% cheaper in Liverpool compared with other cities in the UK

Robert Hough, Chair Designate of the Liverpool City Region LEP, said:- "After three decades of accelerating regeneration and renewal, Liverpool is a city of opportunity, energy and vitality. Liverpool is a special place, with a wealth of experience in financial services and the best location for the world’s first Green Investment Bank."

Chair of Liverpool City Region Cabinet, Councillor Joe Anderson, said:- "We have put forward what we believe to be a powerful and compelling case for Liverpool to become home to the Green Investment Bank. We are already home to wealth management and high-level investment funds management as well as key civil service departments, and this is a fantastic opportunity to capitalise on the development of the green economy."

The city’s bid was recommended in a report on how to grow the Liverpool City Region economy titled ‘Rebalancing Britain - Policy or Slogan?’ written for Prime Minister David Cameron by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Heseltine last year.

The Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, will decide the bank’s location later in February 2012.   Vince Cable said that:- "I am delighted that the Green Investment Bank has fired the imagination of so many public and private sector groups keen to host this world-first institution. They all have a role to play in helping the UK seize the benefits of a transition to a low carbon economy."  

This is a list of all 32 bids that have been received from across the UK wanting to host the Green Investment Bank (GIB):-


Birmingham London
Brighton Manchester
Bristol Milton Keynes
Cardiff Newcastle
Chester Norwich
Cornwall Nottingham
Coventry and Warwickshire Peterborough
Derby Renfrewshire
Durham Sheffield
Edinburgh Southampton
Gloucester Stoke-on-Trent
Hull Sunderland
Ipswich Tees Valley
Leeds Torbay
Leicester Warrington

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