Win a place on a special
tour of the Bombed Out Church
TWENTY 'Golden Tickets'
are up for grabs for people to get a view of restoration work on the
historic St Luke's 'Bombed Out' Church in Liverpool.
Liverpool City Council and Historic England are jointly funding a £150k
programme of structural works, which has meant the Church and gardens have
been closed since October 2015.
a restoration open day is to be held on Thursday, 14 January 2016, from 1pm
to 2pm, where a few lucky people will have the opportunity to take a look
inside the Church while the work is underway and learn about the restoration
process from the architect, specialist contractors and heritage officers.
People wishing to request a place must send email to:-
Melanie.Lamb@Liverpool.Gov.UK, by midday on Wednesday, 6
January 2016, with tickets limited to 2 per application. For health and
safety reasons, only people who have been notified that they have been
successful and issued with a ticket will be allowed admission to the site.
Councillor Mark Norris, the Council's Heritage Champion,
said:- "St Luke's Church is 1 of the City's most loved landmarks and
we know that people feel very strongly about it. The Open Day is a chance
for people to find out more about the expertise and skills that are used to
carry out important heritage projects, as well as seeing the historic
structure close up."
majority of the 6,300 people who responded to a recent consultation over the
future of the Church were supportive of limited development and events
taking place at the site including the installation of toilets, food and
drink facilities, seating and a performance area.
In the new year, the City Council will invite expressions of
interest from operators to run the site.
Job creation still a
priority for North West SME's, despite National Living Wage concerns
SMALL and medium sized businesses in the
North West will continue to create new jobs in 2016, despite concerns the
introduction of the National Living Wage may increase wage bills. According
to research by Yorkshire Bank, nearly ¼ of SMEs (24%) will invest additional
funds into hiring new staff in the next 12 months. 1 in 4 (27%) North
West SMEs will also invest more money into staff training to support their
belief that skilled people are the key to innovation, creativity and
business growth. However, more than ½ (55%) of small and medium sized
businesses believe the introduction of the National Living Wage in 2016 will
lead to an increase in staff costs. 1 in 5 SMEs (22%) expect their salary
costs to go up by as much as 10% as a result of the National Living Wage
introduction. From April 2016, employers will be required to pay all staff
over the age 25 a National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour, a 50p increase on
the current national minimum wage of £6.80. By 2020 this will rise to £9 an
hour. Just under ½ of SMEs in the North West
(46%) think the National Living Wage will have no impact on their salary
costs at all. Across the UK however, the belief that salary costs will
increase is most acutely felt in businesses with between 50 and 100
employees, suggesting larger enterprises (100+ employees) may be able to
absorb increased wage bills. It also suggests the National Living Wage may
not have as much of an impact on micro businesses and sole traders, which
make up around¾ of all businesses in the UK.
Simon Wright, Regional Director for Business and Private Banking at
Yorkshire Bank in the North West, said:- "We know businesses are
investing in their most precious assets; their people. Having the right
people and skills is a big issue for businesses to manage as our economy
shifts from 1 of traditional manufacturing to being knowledge led. It's
crucial for all businesses to be equipped with talented, creative and
innovative people to drive innovation and growth. There are many benefits
brought about by raising basic salaries; improved staff retention, increased
productivity and staff satisfaction. While businesses will need to manage
this increase in costs in what is already a competitive, albeit growing,
economy, there is support available both in terms of funding and advice."
GMB is worried about
keeping the lights on!
WHEN your electricity supply has:-
"Gone with the Wind" the response of the renewable energy
suppliers that:- "frankly my dear we don't give a damn" is
just not acceptable says GMB. Since the start of winter 2015/16; since the
beginning of October to 21 December 2015; there has been 12 days when the
output of the installed and connected wind turbines in the UK have produced
10% or less of the installed and connected capacity of 8,972MW. Paul
Kenny, GMB General Secretary said:- "There were 12 days so far this
winter when wind was supplying 10% or less of the installed and connected
wind capacity to the grid. On 4 November 2015, the National Grid had to
invoke special measures to keep the lights on. There can be up to eight to
ten days per month when there is not a lot of output from the 8.9GW of
installed and connected wind capacity in the UK. GMB will publish a regular
wind watch to assist public debate. The renewables lobby has to face up to
the need for a base load electricity capacity that is reliable and clean on
the days that the wind does not blow and the sun doesn't shines. When your
electricity supply has:- 'Gone with the Wind' the response of the renewable
energy suppliers that:- 'frankly my dear we don't give a damn' is just not
acceptable. 639,000 GMB members want the keep the lights on. Unless there is
a scientific breakthrough on carbon capture nuclear and gas are the only
shows in town. Those advocating renewable energy have to accept this."
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