needed skilled workers and entrepreneurs are leaving to seek better
BRITAIN is rapidly losing
its hard working middle income earners whose skills are needed in
the UK according to a recent survey conducted by Global Visas, the
leading immigration and relocation consultancy.
In what is the UK's largest ever poll of British nationals who have
taken the decision to emigrate the extent of Britain's loss is
revealed with almost 40% identified as skilled technicians and over
23% as the self-employed 'job creators', possessing
"The astonishing response clearly sees people taking this
opportunity to tell Government why they left and to register their
feelings. They believe they have no choice but to seek a
better life elsewhere." says Liam Clifford, CEO of Global Visas.
Over 40% gave job prospects as the main reason for leaving with 21%
citing the cost of living in Britain as the second factor. Britain's
poor economic outlook was also blamed by 13% and just over 11% gave
the overall tax burden in the UK as a reason. Australia is the top
destination for those leaving Britain.
The survey received 5,600 responses in just 5 days from those who
have already taken the decision to leave the UK. Over half of those
responding earned between £20,000- £100,000 with over 40% earning
between £20,000-£50,000 and just under 10% earning between £50,000
The survey was carried out by Global Visas at the request of Dominic
Raab, Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, who was keen to seek
current statistics on the reasons for people leaving the UK to
inform government thinking.
"These trends are economically and socially debilitating.
The' squeezed middle' are increasingly amongst those
searching for a better life abroad. That is economically draining
because they are net contributors of tax, and provide skills the
economy needs." says Mr Raab.
repairs contract signed
WORK is set to start on
repairs to an underground tunnel which collapsed below homes in
Liverpool. The City Council has brokered a resolution to the
outstanding legal issues, paving the way for work in the old Dingle
Station on the Liverpool Overhead Railway to begin. The work
has been awarded to specialist engineering firm SES Contracting Ltd.
who have significant experience in repairs of this nature.
Residents affected by the partial collapse of the tunnel in Dingle
have had to live in temporary accommodation since the incident in
July 2012 after it was deemed unsafe for them to return to their own
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Paul Brant, said:- "I am delighted
that we are finally in a position where work can shortly get
underway to repair Dingle Tunnel. This has taken longer to finalise
than we would have wished, but it was vital we made sure that
residents were not left in a permanent legal limbo. It has been a
dreadfully frustrating time for those affected, and I fully
appreciate, understand and sympathise with them. This marks a
significant milestone in our efforts to sort this difficult
situation out, and I would like to thank residents for their support
and patience while negotiations have continued. We will of course be
keeping them updated on progress and let them know when we have a
start date for the work."
A total of 11 properties were evacuated; e8 in Sundridge Street, 1
in Toxteth Grove and 2 in Dingle Grove.
An initial safety inspection will take place in the next few weeks,
and on successful completion, the contractors will start the repair
work. It is estimated that the project will take at least 3
months to complete after it starts.
Doves fly in
mission for Michael
8 doves will be released in 1 family's
tribute to a brother as more than 900 people gather on Sunday, 8 September
2013, for the Aintree Memory Walk.
A record number of people have registered to take part in the annual
Alzheimer's Society event; and more are expected to sign up on the
25 members of a single Merseyside family will be there to remember
Michael Millar, who died with Alzhiemer's. His sister Diane
Millar, of Liverpool Road, Birkdale Village, Southport, said:-
"Mum brought 8 of us up on her own while being a pub landlady for
22 years. We are a big family; Michael was the eldest and was like
He was amazing, giving and made us all laugh. He was so strong. Then
in his early 50s he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
By then he was living in Australia and when I met him later I
couldn't believe he was my brother; I thought, where has he gone?
He couldn't remember anything.
He came to be unable to recognise his wife Carole and had to go into
care when he became a danger to himself."
His mum Noreen Millar ran a series of pubs, including The Clarence,
Bootle, and was well known for supporting children's charities.
Diane said:- "Michael went on to emigrate. He was the best
brother, father, husband, granddad and a great friend. He died with
Alzheimer's aged 60.
He used to race pigeons and doves represent hope, happiness and
love, so we decided to remember him by releasing them at the walk."
A specialist in white doves has given his services for the day and
on their release walkers will be invited to remember loved ones
during a one minute silence.
Walkers have a choice of a 2km stroll or a 10km stretch at Aintree,
on 11am Sunday, 8 September 2013. More details are available at:-
Alisha Wittham, Diane's niece, who has ME, started the Millar
family's mass support for the walk. She is determined to complete it
in her wheelchair.
Singer Lilli Moore (22) of Windermere Road, Wirral, whose Nan Mary
lived with Alzheimer's, will also perform a song from her album
Memory Lane at the walk.
Alzheimer's Society Community Fundraiser, Fran D'Arcy, said:-
"The release of the doves and Lilli singing will be special moments
on a great day in support of 16,000 people across Merseyside living
The response has been brilliant with more than 900 people registered
already; with more signing up on the day we hope over 1,000 walkers
will take part."
Please not that Walkers will be able to boost their sponsorship by doing the Bupa
Memory Mile, for which Bupa Care Homes will donate £2.50 for each
1 to Alzheimer's Society.