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Issue:- 26 September 2014

There's no excuse…

A news campaign is being launched to warn men who grope women that they are committing a crime.  The campaign by Citysafe, the community safety partnership, says:- "There's no excuse… don't grab, grope, pinch, fondle" and that claims such as "It was only a bit of fun" are completely unacceptable.  It points out that such behaviour is not only unwelcome and unacceptable but it constitutes sexual assault which is a serious crime.  The campaign started when a number of strategic groups, including the Student Safety Group and Violence against Women and Girls, expressed concern about an increasing number of sexual assaults against women especially in the night time economy of the City centre. "It is difficult to quantify as these are incidents which are massively underreported. But the feedback we are getting is that it is a serious and growing problem especially for women who go to City centre bars and clubs. Not only is it unpleasant and unwelcome to say the least but there should be no doubt that inappropriate sexual touching is a criminal offence.  We want men to be aware of this and think about what they are doing; it is not a joke or a bit of fun. No one should have to put up with this sort of behaviour and everyone should be able to enjoy themselves without this unwanted attention." said Councillor Emily Spurrell, Mayoral lead on Community Safety. The campaign will be highlighted in social media including Facebook and Twitter and will feature a series of posters.  As part of the campaign, bar and door staff are being given regular and ongoing training to enable them to identify potential examples of inappropriate touching, to offer appropriate support to victims and ensure issues are reported. They will also be made aware of the help and support for victims of sexual assault by local services such as SAFEPlace Merseyside (SARC) and Rape and Sexual Abuse Service (RASA).

Merseyside Collective Switch Offers Extended

THE Merseyside Collective Switch exclusive energy deals have now been extended until midnight, Monday, 29 September 2014.  Hundreds of Merseyside residents have already switched through the scheme and are now saving an average of £202 a year on their energy bills. The Switch Together, Save Together scheme is organised by local charity, Energy Projects Plus, together with the 6 Merseyside local authorities. It aims to reduce people's energy bills by collective buying power to negotiate cheaper tariffs from energy suppliers and making it easier for people to switch.  E.on has offered 2 exclusive tariffs for the collective switch, which are the cheapest on the market for both Monthly Direct Debit and Payment on Receipt of Bill customers. The offers tariffs are both fixed, protecting customers from any price rises until September 2015.  To benefit from these exclusive tariffs, householders need to register with the Merseyside Collective Switch. To register visit:- or call freephone:- 0800 043 0151 to speak to an advisor.   Ellie Abernethy, Project Manager at Energy Projects Plus said:- "It's great that people are making such significant savings through switching. Now the offers have been extended even more local people have the opportunity to benefit from the scheme and save on their bills."  You can see the offers as part of a full market comparison, and generate a personalised quotation to see how much you could save, by visiting:- Alternatively, you can call freephone:- 0800 043 0151 to speak to an advisor.

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