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Issue:- 1 November  2012

'No Seatbelt? No Excuse' says local Euro MP

LOCAL Euro MP and Chair of the European Parliament's Transport Committee Brian Simpson has highlighted the importance of wearing a seatbelt, after a European seatbelt enforcement operation identified nearly 100,000 drivers and passengers for not buckling up.

Mr Simpson said:- "This report shows that not wearing a seatbelt is still a serious problem across Europe.  Perhaps most disturbingly, the operation found 3,538 children were not wearing a seatbelt or other safety restraints. This is completely unacceptable, not to mention illegal. It is the responsibility of adults to ensure that any children are always safely restrained when travelling, and by wearing a seatbelt themselves adults can help ensure that children learn to do the same."

Experts suggest that a child under the age of 4 is 10 times more likely to be killed in a car crash if they are unrestrained.

Research has also found that crash fatalities have been reduced by over 20% as a result of increased seatbelt wearing, prompted by national legislation and increased enforcement.

Mr Simpson said:- "The facts speak for themselves. Seatbelts save lives and it is essential that drivers and passengers comply with UK law by wearing a seatbelt at all times."

Forum welcomes Heseltine Review, but questions the Government's 'crude' business support plans...

RESPONDING to Michael Heseltine's review today, the Forum's senior policy adviser Alex Jackman said:- "Lord Heseltine's review presents the case for long-term structural change to the way the country as a whole does business, including the part Government plays in its interactions with industry. With the way the world economy is heading it's right to be looking at root and branch change of UK Plc. The review also suggests a distinct change of national direction by handing the reins of power back to local and regional institutions. We agree that cities and regions are better placed to know their own strengths and weaknesses better than a London-centric government. For the nation's economy to be successfully rebalanced with more of a focus on private sector growth, all regions of the UK must be cultivated and given equal help, not just the south east. There's also clear instruction to expand the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) as organisations to help facilitate small business growth regionally. Many will see this as a return to the Regional Development Agencies model, and while we cautiously welcome some aspects of these proposals it is important to remember that business support is out there and any new initiative should not be duplicating what's already provided by the private sector. Worryingly, Lord Heseltine seems to be mapping out a system, the foundations of which are based on the chambers of commerce. He even proposes legislating to give the chambers 'basic statutory functions' – we question how this could ever be independent from government. We do not want to see the type of cronyism from the 80s that Lord Heseltine himself will remember when it comes to business support. It also seems to us that Lord Heseltine is seriously floating the idea of compulsory membership of the chambers. While the research included in the review suggests that businesses which use business support services are more likely to still be trading after three years than those that don't, we would not support forcing firms to take membership. We need a platform providing better access to all relevant business support bodies, giving existing small businesses and those of tomorrow real choice - it does not follow that Government can justify interfering in a private marketplace in such a crude manner."

Consultation over new transport policy

CONSULTATION meetings are being held over a proposed new policy for people who get Council transport to social care services in Liverpool.  At the moment, social care assessments assume that everybody who travels to support services, eg:- a day centre, needs transport to get there. This is regardless of whether or not they are able to use public transport or have access to a mobility vehicle.

Under the new plan, transport will only be provided where an individual is deemed eligible following an assessment, and after public transport, concessionary passes, motability vehicle and Disability Living Allowance (mobility component) have been considered and deemed inappropriate.

It will bring the City Council into line with many other neighbouring and comparable local authorities who have done, or are doing, the same thing.

Letters have gone out to all of the existing 800 services users informing them about the meetings, which are at the following locations:-

►  Thursday, 1 November 2012, from 10.30am to 12pm, or from 1pm to 2.30pm, at Parthenon Day Centre, on Falklands Approach, L11 5BS

►  Monday, 5 November 2012, from 5.30pm to 7pm at Millennium House, Victoria Street, L1 6JQ

►  Tuesday, 6 November 2012, from 10.30am to 12pm at Lime Court Day Centre, Upper Baker Street, L6 1NE

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for adult social care, Councillor Roz Gladden, said:- "This is about making sure that we consider everyone's individual circumstances rather than simply imposing a universal service on them.  We know that service users can benefit massively by making their own way to and from services as it gives them a huge sense of independence.  We fully appreciate that any suggestion of a change to the current system will inevitably cause some concern among some services users and their carers. That is why we are anxious to make sure they understand what we are proposing. We will not be withdrawing the service unless they are able to use an alternative form of transport and this is about making sure that we target resources at those people who actually need it."

Places are limited at each meeting and those affected are asked to book a place by contacting the Liverpool Cares team by email or calling:- 0151 233 2819 or 0151 233 4640.  The complete version of the proposed policy can also be found online

Liverpool tops North West contingent of British zombie fanatics

THE North West is home to one of the largest contingents of zombie enthusiasts in the UK, according to a recently released heatmap by:-

Not only does the North West house some of the most fanatical followers of the undead, Liverpool is one of the most concentrated cities, with over double the number of zombie experts on Merseyside than neighbouring Manchester.

The Zombie Invasion heatmap pinpoints the biggest fans of those spooky subhumans and is the only way for people to keep track of the growing 'zombulation', with zombies fast becoming a part of popular culture.

Zombies took to the streets in Liverpool back in May as part of a game labelled '2.8 Hours Later' played across an inner-city Liverpool backdrop where local zombie fans are chased by a cast of zombies in search of 'Resistance HQ', the last safe place in the City.

The huge success of this has seen the zombie theme become the most popular over the Halloween season, with thousands of local zombie fans converging on Facebook, not only to discuss 2.8 Hours Later, but the niche in general.

As a City itself Liverpool has always taken pop culture to its heart and the fascination of zombies and a potential apocalypse has proven to be light-hearted entertainment and fun for all the family.

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