Sparks in the
LIVERPOOL'S 2 fireworks displays will pay
tribute to the armed forces this year, as the November 5 theme is
to the Services'.
Taking place at Sefton and Newsham Parks, the free illuminations
both start at 7.30pm and will be synchronised to inspiring music
related to the Services.
The playlist for Wednesday evening includes Crown Imperial, Hearts
of Oak, The Dambusters, I Vow to Thee My Country, Rule Britannia and
Land of Hope and Glory.
Liverpool's Assistant Mayor, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:-
"These displays are always hugely popular, with around 40,000 people
enjoying the fireworks across both parks last year. We want everyone
to enjoy November 5, yet be safe at the same time, and organised
displays are a great way to achieve this. It's wonderful that this
event can be part of the City's World War One commemorations and I'm
sure the soundtrack will add an emotional element to the evening."
For the first time, Heart North West will be the media partner for
the event, and Heart Breakfast presenters Joel Ross and Lorna
Bancroft will be hosting the display at both parks.
Joel Ross said:- "We are delighted to be working with Culture
Liverpool at two of their firework displays, at Sefton Park and
Newsham Park, this year.
Since launching Heart North West in May, we have loved waking up the
people of Liverpool and it's exciting to be involved in such a great
event. Lorna and I are really looking forward to hosting the display
at Sefton Park and saying hello to lots of our listeners."
Visitors to the displays are advised to travel on foot or use public
transport, leaving plenty of time to travel to the event. For travel
Also please be aware that there is limited accessible parking at Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park
and Gardners Drive, at Newsham Park.
Those attending the events are asked not to bring their own
fireworks, sparklers or Chinese lanterns.
They are also asked to wear sensible clothing and footwear and not
to bring dogs to the display.
The displays will last for approximately 20 minutes.
The City Council is working closely with Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Service and Merseyside Police to ensure people enjoy 5 November
safely and reduce the problems which can be associated with this
time of year.
Members of the public are being asked to make sure they don't leave
potentially flammable material lying around, and not to give young
people timber or other combustible materials for use on bonfires.
As Europe Goes
Grey, UK Revealed to have one of the Least Generous State Pensions
EUROPE is going grey, with
the percentage of over 65's projected to almost double by 2060. The
International Longevity Centre-UK's (ILC-UK) new EU factpack,
Europe's Ageing Demography, supported by the specialist insurer
Partnership, examines the pattern of ageing across Europe, and sets
the UK experience in to an international context.
This accessible factpack of statistics reveals the areas in which
the UK enjoys relative success, and the points where it falls short.
It shows that while the UK has the lowest proportion of over 65s
living in cold housing during winter, UK pensioners are at greater
risk of poverty in retirement than their counterparts in Germany,
France, Spain, and Romania.
If you use gross replacement rate (ie. how much of the typical
income the state pension replaces) as a measure, you will find that
while those in Greece receive almost 100% of their pre-retirement
income and the EU average is around half, those in the UK only
receive around a ⅓.
The factpack presents evidence on the costs of ageing, showing the
expected trajectories of pension, health and care expenditures in
the European Union. Here it finds that the UK has one of the highest
levels of expenditure on social protection for old age in Europe.
The UK spends the equivalent of £2,860 (€3,611) per person on social
protection in old age while the EU average is £2,263 (€2,857).
Europe's ageing has profound implications for individuals,
governments and businesses, and the UK must adapt to a continent
where it is projected that almost 1 in 3 people will be over the age
of 65, and more than 1 in 10 will be over the age of 80 by 2060. The factpack provides the hard evidence which will be crucial for
guiding both Westminster and Brussels in their responses to the
demographic challenge.As part of the ILC's Global Alliance conference this week, Europe's
Ageing Demography is being made available to the UK press. The full
report will be officially launched in Brussels at the European
Economic and Social Committee on the 5th of November. To register to
attend, please click here.
The EU factpack is published as part of ILC-UK's Population Patterns
seminar series, supported by Partnership. The series considers the
evidence base of our changing demography and explores how policy
makers need to respond to demographic change. For more on #populationpatterns,
please visit the ILC website.
Helen Creighton of ILC-UK said:- "The Government aspires for
the UK to be the best place in the world to grow old. But this new
factpack shows that whilst the UK is by no means the worst place in
Europe to grow old, we've got a lot to do to top the European
league. Government is right to aspire to be the best. But to achieve
that we must look at and learn lessons from our European
colleagues." Richard Willets, Director of Longevity at Partnership commented:-
"As with the UK, the rest of Europe is rapidly going grey! This
raises a unique set of challenges for government, business and
individuals who not only need to plan for their own later life but
also need to put structures in place that will help society at
large. The launch of the European Fact Pack provides us with an
excellent opportunity to review the success – and failures; of other
countries which will allow us to build an appropriate and robust
system for our own older population."