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Issue:- 14 June  2012


16 year old Chantelle Day from Old Swan in Liverpool has had her 20 inch hair cut off at Voodou's city centre salon to help those suffering with cancer.

The student, who went to the salon on Bold Street on the morning of her last day at school, won a free cut and finish through Juice FM and decided to put the prize to good use.

Chantelle's hair measured just over 20 inches and was transformed by Voodou's Senior Stylist Jamie Stafford into a short bob with a sweeping fringe.

Chantelle's old hair will be kept and donated to Teenage Cancer Trust who will use it to make wigs. As well as that she has been raising sponsorships from family and friends and sending all of the money to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Chantelle who is also a black belt in Ju-Jitsu, dedicated her brave decision to her class mate Abbie Booth who is in remission from Leukaemia.

Both girls go to Holly Lodge Girls' College in West Derby and have been fully supported by all of their teachers and class mates.

When asked why she had decided to go in for the chop Chantelle said she wanted people to gain from what she was doing, "It's only hair and I can always grow more".

Chantelle's Mum, Dad and younger sister, were all there to support her as she sat nervously in the salon chair Pam Day said:- "we are all so proud of her.  both me and her dad couldn't believe she'd do it because she's always had long hair. She loves entering competitions and when she won the free haircut from Voodou she decided to cut it all off for charity. We are so proud and she looks amazing.".

Voodou were thrilled that Chantelle loved her new look and MD Rob Webb added £100 to her sponsorship on behalf of the company. "It's such an amazing cause we were all happy to help. Jamie's done an amazing job and she looks great!" Chantelle was overjoyed with her new look and thanked everyone at Voodou for their help, Thank you so much! I love it, it looks amazing."

If you would like to add to Chantelle's donations please contact Emma at Voodou who will pass on your details via emailing her at:-


20% of GMB members working in retail report that they may be better off on the dole after the tax credits changes in the last budget as 66% stand to lose over 25% of their weekly income

Part time workers amongst the 534,800 families receiving Child Tax Credits (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) in the North West Region face a loss of £45 per week on average as the changes in WTC announced at the last Budget come into effect GMB Congress was told this morning.

Under new rules from April 2012 couples earning less than £18,000 a year have had to increase their working hours from a minimum of 16 hours a week to 24; or lose their working tax credit of up to £3,870 per year or £74.23 per week.

This was confirmed by a recent GMB survey of 60,000 members in the retail sector. This found that 20% of members report that changes to the entitlement criteria for part time workers for Working Tax Credits will make work "not worthwhile" for them and may put them on the dole. 60% of these workers report that they face over 25% reduction in family income which for them amounts to a loss of around £45 per week on average. GMB is seeking where possible to increase their contracted hours to keep them in work.

A GMB analysis of recipient families in work receiving Child Tax Credits (CTC) and Working Tax Credits in the North West shows that there were 534,800 families receiving £4,532 per year or £87.15 per week.

Martin Hird, GMB National Organiser for Retail speaking at GMB Congress said:- "20% of GMB members working in retail report that they may be better off on the dole after the tax credits changes in the last budget. Two thirds stand to lose over a quarter of their weekly income; on average around £45 per week. Unless the retail employers are able to reorganize working hours to move these part time workers up to a guaranteed minimum of 24 hours they are going to lose many experienced customers facing skilled workers who will be better off on the dole. This change entitlement criteria for WTC cuts across the practice in the sector of not guaranteeing staff proper contracted hours and relying on a flexible response to meet peaks in demand. The full extent of this change has not been felt yet by the employers.  These continuing attacks on low paid hard working families are even more obscene when at the same time an out of touch government rewards the wealthiest in our society with unjustifiable tax cuts. The real impact of these changes is that work will not be worthwhile for many of the lowest paid in our society and they will be forced onto the dole - costing us all billions of pounds in extra benefits.  It is ironic that at the time that this GMB survey was undertaken about retail workers having to rely on state benefits that they will soon lose, the boss of Marks and Spencer gets a pay package worth £2.5 million a year which is 200 times the National Minimum Wage."

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