7% locally have had to
leave jobs after a split, or have a colleague who has; 16% have seen
workplace hit by sick leave following stress of break-up; 15% say
separation or divorce has had a negative impact on productivity
Businesses in Merseyside are suffering as a result of divorce and
separation. That's the finding of a new piece of research from
family law not for profit group Resolution.
The research, shows that 7% of people in the North West have either
had to leave their job as a result of their own separation, or have
seen a colleague move on for the same reason.
According to Resolution, who have commissioned the research to mark
Family Dispute Resolution Week, the stress of separation also has
impact, with 16% saying they or one of their colleagues has had to
take sick leave as a direct result of the anguish of a break up. 15%
of people in the North West said separation and divorce has had a
negative impact on productivity where they work.
Yet despite the effect it has on them or their colleagues, just 10%
of people think their employers offer adequate support for people
going through a break up, with 33% saying more needs to be done to
provide support in the work place for those undergoing separation or
It's estimated that divorce costs the British economy up to £46bn
every year; and the British Chambers of Commerce recently emphasised
the relationship between employees' wellbeing and business
Local family lawyer Carole Brennan, spokesperson for the Merseyside
region of Resolution said:- "It can be easy to forget that
sometimes things going on outside of work have a profound effect on
what happens within it, as these figures show. With workers
across Britain seeing a notable impact on productivity, taking sick
leave, or even leaving their jobs altogether, divorce and separation
is an issue that bosses need to take seriously and look out for the
warning signs. There are 28,090 small businesses (i.e. those with
less than 50 employees) in the Merseyside area, so losing just one
member of staff even for a short amount of time, can have a huge
impact on productivity, and on the other people that work there.
Divorce is a really stressful thing to go through; but there is a
better way to deal with it. Resolution members in Merseyside help
people manage their separation in a way that minimises conflict,
focuses on the needs of any children they might have, and helps them
avoid court if they can. Divorce and separation affects a huge
number of people, 69% of people in the North West have been through
a split themselves, or know someone who has. So if someone you
know at work is separating from their spouse or partner, encourage
them to speak to a Resolution member, read the advice on our
website, or download our free guide to the options available to
them. Separation is tough, but there is a better way."
Liverpool for War Widows Association
THE Merseyside branch of
the War Widows Association of Great Britain will be awarded the
Freedom of the City of Liverpool.
On Monday, 1 December 2014, at Liverpool's Town Hall, representatives from
the association will receive the honour recognising their hard work
and determination in ensuring those who have lost loved ones during
conflict, whenever they occurred, receive financial support.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp said:-
delighted to be awarding the Merseyside Branch of the War Widows
Association of Great Britain the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.
Their dedication and commitment to ensuring a fair pension scheme
for those who are bereaved because of conflicts is admirable. Their
continued support and friendship to those dealing with loss is
Without their determination many women today would be suffering
financial hardships in addition to the heartbreak of losing a loved
one and they are a most worthy recipient."
Founder Member and Regional Organiser for Merseyside, Mrs Kathleen
Woodside MBE said:- "It is an honour and privilege to receive
this award from the City of Liverpool. We are overwhelmed, and I am
particularly proud it is the Merseyside Branch receiving the
National President and supporter of the War Widows Association,
Baroness Fookes said:- "It never occurred to me that the
Freedom of a City as important as Liverpool would be conferred on
the Merseyside Branch of the War Widows' Association of Great
Britain. To say that I am thrilled would be an understatement!
It is especially fitting that it should be awarded to the branch
where it all began with a few widows seeking justice and redress.
On behalf of all members of the Association I offer our grateful
thanks to the City for the bestowal of its highest honour."
Formed in Liverpool in 1971, the association is now a national
organisation fighting for and supporting Britain's "forgotten
The War Widows Association offer, not only financial
assistance but also provides a friendly network of support and
activities which are available to those who have been bereaved
Unfortunately, due to recent conflict, this vital service is still
required today, to help and support those who have lost a loved one
It has been recently announced that from April 2015, those who
remarry, cohabit or form a civil partnership will also be entitled to a
pension for life.