Fashion Market - New Year, New Venue!
ON Sunday, 15 November Britain Does
Vintage are bringing their fabulous Vintage Fashion Market is heading back to Liverpool, but
this time all that nostalgia will fill The Empire Theatre! Between 10:30am and
4:30pm you'll be able to listen to live music from Bexi Owen whilst enjoying
afternoon tea from our vintage tea party! Why not get creative at the vintage
inspired workshop? And be sure to visit the beauty parlour run by local lovelies
Russell and Brown, who will be ready to curl, quiff and roll your hair into a
pinup worthy style.
It's that time of year when we're thinking about grabbing a bargain! The January
sales are still in full swing and we hope you've got Christmas cash to spare
because our traders will be making room for new stock! Come down to grab a
Britain Does Vintage are winners of an:- 'Outstanding Customer Service'
Award, organisers Alex and Sam aim to make everybody feel welcome from the
moment they reach the entry desk. So you'll be met with a smile! "We're all a bit skint at this time of year.
So buy vintage! Save money, look awesome, support local business." says Gina Walters
from Britain Does Vintage.
For more details visit:-
Police keen to speak to Adam Holden over
incident in Southport
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives are
appealing for the public's help in tracing a man they want to speak to about an
incident, in Southport, in which a resident was tricked out of thousands of
pounds. Officers want to speak to Adam Holden, aged 21, as they believe he could
have information about the incident in Kingston Crescent, Southport, on 10
January 2015. The 65 year old victim was doing some work on his computer when at
around 9am a man knocked at his front door. The man was dressed like a workman
in blue overalls and a yellow, fluorescent jacket and told the homeowner that
some of the tiles on his roof needed repairing. The victim agreed to let the man
take a closer work and, after being told that the work definitely needed doing,
agreed to go with the man to his bank to withdraw money to pay for the work up
front. The homeowner could only withdraw around half the money that he had
agreed to pay so the man returned two days later and again, took the 65 year old
to the bank where he withdraw a 2nd sum of money. The offender took the victim
home and promised to return in a few hours however he never did. Detectives at
Sefton CID are now treating the incident as a fraud by deception and are keen to
hear from anyone who has any information about the incident.
Detective Constable Jamie Dean said:- "The victim has lost several
thousands of pounds simply because he trusted the word of a man who appeared to
be quite convincing as a workman, but turned out to be nothing of the sort. The
offender persuaded the victim that repair work needed to be done to his roof
tiles and quoted a figure of thousands of pounds. He then encouraged him to
withdraw the money there and then to pay upfront but ultimately failed to carry
out the agreed work. The victim is devastated, as anyone would be, and we are
doing everything possible to bring the offender to justice. I am keen to hear
from anyone who might have information about this type of offence happening in
the Southport area recently. I am particularly keen to speak to Adam Holden or
anyone who knows him as I believe that he could have information that could help
my enquiries into this incident."
Mr Holden is believed to have links to Elton, near Chester, as well as
Merseyside. Call Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3835 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555
Full extent of
low pay crisis in North West revealed
"NO area is immune from
low pay epidemic which is why all local authorities need to champion
the Living Wage in their communities." says GMB at launch of new
Town Hall pay campaign.
The full extent of low wage employment in the North West is laid
bare by GMB analysis of the latest official estimates for the
percentage of jobs paying less than the Living Wage in every
local authority area.
The areas in the North West with the largest proportion of jobs
paying less than the Living Wage are:- West Lancashire (38.3%),
Blackpool (33.9%), Rossendale (33.7%), Allerdale (33.2%) and Oldham
(32.9%). The areas with the smallest proportion of jobs below the
Living Wage are Copeland (11.3%), Manchester (15.8%), Salford
(16.4%), Fylde (17.7%) and Halton (19%). The North West average is
23.6% and the UK average is 21.7%.
At regional level, the East Midlands has the largest proportion of
jobs paying less than the Living Wage (24.7%, or 1 in 4 jobs) in
England and Wales, followed by:- Yorkshire and the Humber (24.3%), the
West Midlands (24.1%), Wales (23.9%), the North West (23.6%), North
East (23.4%), South West (22.6%), East of England (22.3%), London
(18.3%) and the South East (17.8% or about 1 in 6 jobs).
For the UK as a whole, 21.7% of jobs paid less than the Living Wage
in 2014. Women and part-time workers are disproportionately
affected: 26.6% of jobs held by women and 42.3% of part time jobs
are below the Living Wage.
The figures are estimates produced by the Office for National
Statistics based on its 2014 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings.
The figures have been analysed and ranked by GMB.
GMB is publishing this material to mark the launch of its 2015
campaign to get every local authority signed up to the Living Wage.
134 out of 375 local authorities in England and Wales have so far
implemented the Living Wage for their lowest paid staff or committed
to doing so, up from 103 a year ago.
In Scotland all 32 local
authorities have signed up. GMB is calling on all local authorities
in England and Wales to get on board and to put their weight behind
local efforts to persuade more employers to adopt the Living Wage.
The Living Wage is a recommended rate of pay that takes into account
the true cost of living in the UK. In November 2014 the national
Living Wage increased to £7.85 per hour and the London Living Wage
to £9.15 per hour.
These estimates relate to April 2014 and to the
rates applying at that time (national Living Wage £7.65 per hour;
London Living Wage £8.80).
Paul McCarthy, GMB Regional Secretary for the North West said:-
"No area is immune from the low pay epidemic which is why all
local authorities need to champion the Living Wage in their
communities, beginning with their own staff and contractors. There
are 446,300 Council employees paid less than the Living Wage, the
majority of them women working part time.
The Living Wage matters because it takes into account the income
that people need for a minimum acceptable standard of living. It is
a first step towards a rate of pay that people can live on without
relying on benefits. Life below the Living Wage is a life of want
and worry for millions of workers and their families.
Town halls can't solve the low pay problem on their own and some in
the worst hit areas are already signed up to the Living Wage. But
Council s are a very important part of the picture locally, not least
through their procurement of goods and services from other local
134 out of 375 local authorities in England and Wales have so far
agreed to pay the Living Wage which means we are more than a third
of the way there. This year GMB aims to get the remainder on board.
We call on the next government to earmark additional funding to
local government to support this important initiative. One of the key recommendations of last year's All Party
Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the UK was for local
authorities to pay the Living Wage and use their procurement
strategies to encourage local businesses to do likewise.
Public health experts are warning that people need a sufficient
income in order to live a healthy life. There is also a strong
business case for implementing the Living Wage because it raises
morale and productivity, improves attendance and reduces staff