£663 million cost of alcohol in the Merseyside Area
THE shocking statistic is
contained in a report commissioned by local authorities in the north
west and Drink Wise North West, which campaigns to reduce alcohol
related harm. It shows a shock result, revelling that crime,
anti social behaviour and illness caused by drink in 2010/11 cost
£450 per head of population in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton,
St Helens and Wirral; compared with an England average of £387.
The costs are calculated for providing NHS, police and social
services to deal with alcohol related incidents, as well as the
impact on workplace productivity. Chair of Liverpool City
Region Cabinet and newly elected Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson
said:- "These are staggering figures and starkly illustrate
the tremendous damage and cost to society that cheap alcohol is
causing to our region. It is costing every single person in our area
a huge amount of money to deal with; money that we could be spending
on other priority services. This adds considerable weight to the
City Region’s view that a minimum price per unit of alcohol should
be introduced to tackle the problem of cheap booze. We need to
tackle the ticking time bomb that is being caused by a situation
whereby it is cheaper to buy a can of lager than a bottle of water.
In Liverpool, I have set up a Health Commission chaired by Sir Ian
Gilmore which will focus on this issue, as it is something that we
simply must tackle."
In February, a report by the Liverpool City Region
Poverty and Life Chances Commission chaired by Birkenhead MP Frank
Field recommended the introduction of a minimum price of 50p per
unit. Dr Paula Grey, Director of Public Health at Liverpool
Primary Care Trust (PCT), said:- "Reducing the harm caused by
alcohol misuse is a key priority for us and we have been working
hard to promote behaviour change. Last year we launched the latest
Liverpool Alcohol Strategy, which sets out a 3 year approach to
tackling this problem. We know that alcohol affects a range of
different groups within our population, and we need to find ways of
giving people the support that is most appropriate to their needs.
The strategy outlines the best way to deliver services for patients
and also supports Minimum Unit Pricing, which once implemented would
have a positive effect on reducing alcohol harm. Alcohol harm is
complex issue which won’t be solved in the short-term – it needs a
sustained, partnership approach."
The new research was launched on Wednesday, 16 May 2012, at a
national conference at Manchester Town Hall organised by Drink Wise
North West. Leaders attending the conference where united and called
on David Cameron to take urgent action to curb the impact of cheap
Hazel Parsons, Director of Drink Wise North West, said:- "Many
of the problems caused by alcohol arise because it is so cheap. You
can buy a pack of beer in a supermarket for less than the price of a
bottle of water. That’s why it is so important that the Government
introduces a minimum unit price of 50p. Research shows that this is
the best way of saving live, cutting crime and saving the public
The costs per sector on Merseyside are:-
► NHS - £145.85 million
► Crime - £180.11 million
► Workforce productivity - £283.49 million
► Social services - £53.69 million
The full report can be found online at:-
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Space & Time at Spaceport!
A timetraveltastic event
for Sci-Fi enthusiasts takes place over 19
May to 20 May 2012, at
Spaceport, when visitors will have the opportunity to see props and
costume characters from Sci-fi films and TV programmes, including
the iconic Tardis from Dr Who and the famous Delorean from Back to
Based on the success of recent Sci-Fi and Ben 10 weekends, which
attracted in excess of 5000 visitors between them to the Wirral
based attraction, the Time Travel Weekend is part of a series of
space themed events taking place throughout the year at Spaceport.
In addition to the Tardis & The Delorean time machines, there will
be opportunities to see props including Davros, K-9, Daleks, The
Impossible Astronaut and a Cyberman from Dr Who, as well as meet and
greet costume characters including Ood, Tom Baker, Sylvester McCoy,
Scarecrow from Dr Who, Star Trek Crew, Klingon, Aliens, Gas Mask
Zombies, Spacemen and Cybermen!
Free 'Make a Time Machine' workshops and alien craft activities will
be staged throughout the day and a 'Beginners Guide to Time
Travel' talk and Dr Who quiz will run at hourly intervals in Spaceport's 360
degree Dome Theatre, plus there's Time Travel face painting for
budding Time Lords and aliens.
Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel, said:- "Science
fiction and Spaceport go hand in hand and we're looking forward to
welcoming enthusiasts to our intergalactic attraction for another
fun filled weekend"
The Time Travel Weekend is a must for Sci-Fi fans and is free as
part of the usual Spaceport admission price which can be upgraded
and combined with a trip on the famous Mersey Ferry so why not set
sail back to the future on 19 May to 20 May!
For more information on Spaceport events on their
Open 10am to 6pm (last admission 4.30pm) Workshops and activities run
between 11am to 3pm each day. Time Travel face painting £2 extra
Free bus for
Light Night Liverpool
MERSEYTRAVEL are providing
a free bus service around Liverpool City Centre on Friday, 18 May
Light Night Liverpool events. The circular service will start at 8pm
at Canada Boulevard operating a 10 minute frequency around many of
the art and heritage venues that are opening their doors for the
So whether you want to visit St Georges Hall, the museums, art
galleries, the cathedrals or the bus stations you can hop on and hop off
this fantastic free bus service until 11pm.
Other Merseytravel activities on LightNight include:-
► Cycling Trail – enjoy
1 of the 3 guided bike rides
around the city, you can even borrow one of our bikes, and get some
maintenance advice from Dr Bike.
► Street Theatre in bus stations – everyone is not quite who
they seem to be at the bus stations tonight! Enjoy a series of
► Mersey Tunnel Tours - A unique behind the scenes walking tour
of Georges Dock Building ventilation station and down to the
Queensway Tunnel which is an engineering masterpiece. Book your free
place you can
email or:- 0151 330 4504.
For details of the full Light Night Liverpool programme visit:-
LightNight bus timetable online can can be see via clicking on