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Issue:- 10/11 April 2015
2015 Election Candidate
Video Interviews:- "UKIP - Southport"
THIS is your chance to hear and see
UKIP's parliamentary candidate for Southport, Terry Durrance in our latest video
interview. 1st off is an introduction about what he stands for then a few quick
questions that we asked him after his introduction.
We are inviting all parties to take part in
these interviews and let our readers hear the views of all candidates standing
in the 2015 General Elections thought-out Merseyside.
If you are a candidate or the official
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Are consumers being hit by
cavity wall insulation mis-selling and is it turning into a scandal? Photo with thanks to
Cavity Claims North
IN an email sent to our news room from
Ubiquity PR said that a local Skelmersdale firm "has uncovered what it
believes is a mis-selling scandal on a mass scale after vulnerable consumers in
Southport and surrounding areas." in the email they also reported that:-
"homes had become damp and mouldy following the injection of insulation material
into their cavity walls."
The firm, Cavity Claims North
it is run by Blue Sky Claims Limited, on its website. It also says that is is
a:- "Company that specialises in seeking compensation on behalf of our
clients to seek redress for damage occurring to their property following
wrongful or badly installed cavity wall insulation or cavity wall insulation
Cavity Claims North West maintain that they have already unveiled hundreds of
cases of people whose homes have been blighted by this ill advised practice.
"There seems to be a pattern in the vast majority of these cases in the way that
cavity wall insulation has been presented to people with doorstepping and cold
calling salesman describing this as being government backed or funded. This is
not the case. The process is almost always funded by one of the major energy
suppliers who have been given targets by the Government to insulate homes, and
if they miss those targets, they can be fined by the energy regulator Ofgem so
there is pressure to install as much cavity wall insulation as possible. Even
though this has arisen via government policy, it is neither controlled nor
overseen by the Government so now that things have gone horribly wrong with
potentially thousands of homes in Southport affected, the Government can deny
responsibility. Another pattern that all cases appear to have in common is the
role of the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA), which issues 25 year
guarantees. We have been told that salesman have been describing these as:-
'Government guarantees', which they are not. 7 of CIGA's 11 current directors
are also directors of firms that either make or install insulation, or of trade
associations that represent the interests of installers. We are not surprised
that CIGA has done its best to deny the installer's or its own responsibility
when approached. We have also been helping many householders like for example,
Mrs. Navin from Crossens who complained of dampness following a cavity wall
insulation saying:- 'I'm really upset about the whole
episode.' My main concern is how other families also on a low income like
us will become victims given that most of the general public won't have any
expertise in what is being sold to them. Ultimately, I now have extreme damp and
wet walls in my house following the completely inappropriate works undertaken.
It has also exacerbated my disability. I'm determined to tell as many others to
be very mindful of any firms offering this service." said Cavity Claims'
operational support specialist Mark Harrison, in the email.
Cavity Claims North West have told us in the press release that:- "Many
others have been told that chronic damp issues could not possibly be a result of
the insulation. Instead, they were fed stories such as pre-existing building
defects must be to blame."
In the release Mr Harrison commented that:- "We believe cavity wall
insulation problems are vastly under reported, and that many more will come to
light in the coming months. Most dampness issues won't show up in the 1st few
weeks following installation and it can 2 or 3 winters before they emerge. What
will also be of major concern to people is that we know of two houses recently
valued, one of which was reduced by £15,000 because of damp and other issues
directly related to the cavity wall insulation. The other was a property reduced
by £23,000 because the insulation was installed 6 years ago, the house has
mould, requires decorating throughout as it is damp and the entire floor needs
plastering with all wooden floorboards having rotted on the ground
floor...sadly, we expect to see more and more incidences of this."
So we would like our readers to let us know if they have had any problems with
cavity wall insulation. If you do or if you have had issues, please email us
firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Appeal for witnesses to
serious assault at Formby Station
THE British Transport Police is
appealing for witnesses after a man was knocked unconscious and suffered a
fractured skull after he was hit over the head with a bicycle seat. The
incident took place on Saturday, 4 April 2015, at around 6.50pm, at Formby
Investigating officer Detective sergeant Nigel Goodband said:- "The victim
was with friends when he intervened in an altercation between a group of young
men. As he did so he was hit in the head with a bicycle seat by one of the men,
sustaining a serious head injury as a result. The victim had to be taken to
hospital for treatment to his injuries. It is vital we find who is responsible
for this violent attack."
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on:- 0800
40 50 40, or text:- 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B9 of 07/04/2015. Information
can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on:-
0800 555 111.
Brake hails better justice
for victims of disqualified drivers as tougher sentences come into effect
THE UK road safety charity, Brake has
congratulated the government on delivering desperately needed improvements to
justice for bereaved and injured victims of disqualified drivers, as part of the
Criminal Justice and Courts Act coming into force on Monday, on 13 April 2015.
The new rules mean anyone convicted of causing death by driving while
disqualified will face a maximum of 10 years in prison, up from only 2 years
previously. Drivers convicted of the new offence of causing serious injury by
driving while disqualified will face up to 4 years in prison. A wider
review of all driving offences and charges by the Ministry of Justice is
ongoing. Ed Morrow, campaigns officer for Brake, the road safety charity, said:-
"This is an important day for everybody involved in campaigning for better
justice for victims of criminal driving. Getting behind the wheel when a court
has already found you to be a danger on the road, and has disqualified you from
doing so, is one of the most selfish decision you can make as a driver. It is
entirely right that maximum sentences are being increased, and we hope that
judges will make use of them where appropriate. This is a good first step to
securing better justice for victims and families, many of whom have been left
feeling betrayed by inappropriate charges and paltry sentences. There are a
number of other urgent issues with how the justice system handles cases of
criminal driving, and Brake will be pressuring whoever forms the next government
to follow the current Ministry of Justice review through to a satisfactory
Channel 5 television cameras
film Southport election fever Photographs by Patrick Trollope.
TV host, newsreader and journalist,
Crosby visited Southport on Friday,
10 April 2015, along with the Channel
5's 2015 Election Mobile Studio. In total 2
programmes had been broadcast live
for Channel 5, that night, from outside Silcocks Funland, as part of the lead up
to the election on 7 May 2015 Elections. Camera crews from Channel 5 News had
picked the resort as 1 of it's 1st stops of the programme's tour though out the
UK over the next 4 weeks. Presenter Emma
Crosby told us:- "This 2015
General Election will be 1 of the tightest election races in memory, affecting
people at a local levels. We are looking at regional factors as well as the
national picture throughout our series of programs, picking places like
Southport, as well as Cities to get a clear picture of what is going on."
Being interviews where Director of Postgraduate Research, Politics, Prof
Tonge BA MA PhD, from Liverpool
University and Dr Victoria Claire
Honeyman, from University of
Leeds. The show is said to have picked
Southport, due to "UKIP's sharp rise in popularity" with in the
Town in what has traditionally been safe Liberal Democrat seat. This rise in
interest could now see, on the election day, Southport becoming a marginal
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