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Issue:- 21 June  2012

Mayor made OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

MAYOR of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  The 54 year old, who was previously Leader of the Council, has been given the honour for services to local government.  Mayor Anderson said:- “I am very surprised and humbled to receive this honour and regard it as much for the people of the city as for myself.  I think it is a recognition of the many great achievements Liverpool has made in recent years, and for all the determined and talented people of the city. It is particularly pleasing that it should be made during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Year.”

Joe Anderson left school at 16, and joined the Merchant Navy and later P&O Ferries, spending 12 years at sea.  Aged 20, he was a steward of the National Union of Seamen and became the youngest ever convener.  His subsequent career brought Joe back to Liverpool, where he studied for a degree in social work at Liverpool John Moores University, and then went on to become a social worker for Sefton Council in 1992.  He moved into education welfare and was appointed to lead a social inclusion unit for young people with behavioural and emotional difficulties. Joe also studied Labour History at Liverpool University.  He was elected to Liverpool City Council for the Abercomby ward (now Riverside) in Liverpool in 1998, the place where he grew up. He became Leader of the Labour Group on the council three years later, and Leader of the Council in 2010.  In May 2012, Joe stood in the first ever direct elections for the city-wide Mayor of Liverpool. Joe is married to Marg and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

Two arrested following firearms recovery

A mother and her son where arrested by detectives investigating an incident where shots were fired at a house in Norris Green, Liverpool on Monday, 11 June 2012.   The 38 year old woman and the 17 year old male were arrested after Matrix officers found a loaded sawn-off shotgun and a live 9mm round of handgun ammunition at an address in Holmrook Road on Friday, 15 June 2012.   A search warrant was executed at the house by officers investigating a shooting on Monday night in nearby Haselbeech Crescent in which a window on the front of a house there was shot at by a gunman on a motorbike.  A 19 year old local man was also arrested in connection with that shooting, in which no-one was injured. The 19 year old man arrested in connection with the incident has now been released and no further Police action will be taken against him at this time in relation to this matter.   The arrests follow extensive and high profile police activity in the Norris Green area following the fatal shooting of a 32 year old local man in the early hours of Wednesday. No one has been arrested in connection with the murder of Joseph Thompson, however a murder investigation by the Major Incident Team remains ongoing.   The mother and son have been bailed, on Saturday, 16 June 2012, pending further enquiries.  DCI Lee Turner from the Force's anti-gun and gang crime Matrix unit, said:- "These are significant seizures. Sawn-off shotguns are lethal weapons and we are pleased we have taken one out of circulation so that it cannot be used by criminals to wreak havoc in their own community. The police will continue to work with, and on behalf of, decent, law abiding residents to take as many guns and the criminals who use them off our streets."

Carers week marked in Liverpool

CARERS in Liverpool will get the opportunity to find out how the internet can make their life easier at a special event this week.

As part of National Carers Week, an information day is being held at St George’s Hall on Thursday, 21 June 2012, from 10:30am to 3pm for people who care for friends, relatives and neighbours in Liverpool.

There are an estimated 50,000 carers in Liverpool, and the event is organised by Liverpool Carers Centre in partnership with Liverpool City Council. 

At the event, members of the Go ON it’s Liverpool campaign, which is working to get more people online, will be showing how life for carers can be made easier, such as by shopping online, keeping in touch with other carers by email and using Skype to contact family and friends.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff will also be on hand to provide advice and guidance on the new Universal Credit which is being introduced from 2013 and will see many benefit applications being available online only.

The theme this year is ‘In Sickness and In Health’, and the event will be opened by Lord Mayor Sharon Sullivan. It is a subject which is close to her heart; she is a carer herself and looks after her elderly mum.

The Lord Mayor said:- “I know from personal experience that there are so many people in Liverpool who give up much of their free time to help and support those who need looking after.  This event is a chance for them to find out about the help that is available to them to make sure they get support and respite themselves.”

There will also be demonstrations, advice, free therapies and pamper sessions.  Councillor Roz Gladden, Cabinet member for adult services and health, said:- “Many people don’t even realise that they are classed as carers and could well be missing out on vital benefits and other types of support.  Although the council is having to make tough choices due to reductions in national spending, we are committed to providing support to the most vulnerable. This event is part of our commitment to making sure people get the help they are entitled to.  We are encouraging anyone who cares for another adult to take up their right to a carer’s assessment. This gives you the chance to talk about what you do as a carer and to find out about what support you can get and the rights that you have.”

To find out more about carer’s assessments, please visit:- or call Careline on:- 0151 233 3800 for an information pack.

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