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Issue:- 4 July 2013

European funding slashed by Government

EUROPEAN funding to Liverpool City Region has been cut by 60% by the Government.  The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced that over the next seven years, the area comprising Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley and St Helen's will get 222 million Euros (£185 million).

It works out at 147 Euros (£128) per head of population; a drop of more than half compared to the 380 Euros (£325) per person under the 2007 to 2013 programme.

The north east, which already has a higher GDP(gross domestic product) than Liverpool City Region, will get 279 Euros (£238) per person - almost twice as much.

Liverpool will also get less than the rest of the north west from 2014 - to 2020l; despite being officially classed as poorer than Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Warrington, Lancashire and Cumbria.

The funding announcement follows the Government's decision to take £650 million of European Union funding; which the European Commission had awarded to England for 2014 to 2020; and reallocate it to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It includes an estimated £350 million which the European Commission had ring-fenced for poorer areas (known as transition regions) such as Liverpool City Region.

Mayor of Liverpool and Chair of Liverpool City Region Cabinet, Joe Anderson, said:- "This is an absolute travesty and a devastating blow for our area.   It is like Robin Hood in reverse; robbing from the poor to give to those that are richer.  It can only serve to widen the gap between our area and other parts of not just England, but also the North West.  I am completely baffled by the Government's logic, because it appears there isn't any. Not only have they patently ignored the EU funding formula, but we are now in the perverse situation where areas better off than ours will receive more funding.  I will be making a strong and powerful case to Government that they now need to find other ways to support us financially, either through the Regional Growth Fund, or by looking again at our allocation through City Deal 2."

Liverpool and Sheffield had argued that a safety net should be applied to the new funding allocations to limit the reduction. This is the rationale the Government used to transfer the money to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


INSTALLERS losing jobs while billions to improve energy efficiency in homes goes unspent and some of the poorest will struggle to heat their homes this winter.  GMB, the union for energy workers, commented on new statistics published on the uptake of energy efficiency scheme under the Green Deal part of Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO).

Gary Smith GMB National Secretary for energy said:- "This government scheme to make homes more energy-efficient has still not resulted in any actual home improvements.  The Green Deal, which was launched 6 months ago, was designed to provide measures such as home insulation. Fewer than 250 households have taken up the Government's flagship energy efficiency programme in the first 5 months of the scheme.  Just 4 homes have signed up to a "green deal" plan, covering the upfront costs of measures such as insulation and new efficient boilers with the money paid back through savings on bills, and 241 households are going ahead with the scheme but have yet to sign.  So far, no households have had energy efficiency measures installed under the green deal and are being charged on their bills.  Green deal is a miserable failure as we predicted. Radical change is needed both to the Government Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO) and Green Deal. It is shameful that we have insulation installers idle and losing their jobs. This is while there is billions to be spent on improving energy efficiency in homes going unspent and some of the poorest will struggle to heat their homes this winter.  We have a gathering crisis in the energy sector and a government no idea how to resolve it."


MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that a suspicious package was found by a member of a the public at 9pm on Sunday, 30 June 2013. It was reported that the package was a suitcase that had been left in the road by a Mosque. As a result Mulgrave Street in Toxteth, South Liverpool was closed and a number of homes evacuated until the suspicious package has been examined and declared safe. Merseyside Police later confirmed that a 22 year old man had been arrested on Monday, 1 July 2013, as part of the investigation into a security alert at the Mosque. The 22 year old is said to have then been spoken to about his actions and cautioned. No further Police action will be taken in relation to this matter.

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