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Issue:- Sunday, 17 January 2016

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Taxman to target those renting properties through Airbnb

HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) is to set to target those making money from renting out property through Airbnb, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is warning. Chas Roy Chowdhury, ACCA head of Taxation, said:- "Money made by renting out a property through Airbnb will be classed as income and must be declared to the Taxman. If you are using the website to rent out a property you own then I would strongly advise you to make the necessary declaration to HMRC. If you make a voluntary declaration to HMRC, rather than wait for them to come knocking, it is far less likely you will receive a fine. HMRC are under tremendous pressure from the government to increase the Tax Revenues collected and if they believe that you are deliberately withholding information about a source of income they will look to penalise you. If this is a 2nd source of income is it likely you will owe Tax on all income from the rental. If you are unsure you should seek the services of a Chartered Certified Accountant, who will be able to advise you how to declare this income and what needs to be declared." You can search for a Chartered Certified Accountant here.

Schools recognised for reading

SCHOOLS that are leading the way on reading are being celebrated at a special event at Liverpool Central Library. A total of 20 primary, secondary and special schools in the City will gather in the Discovery room to be awarded the Liverpool Reading Quality Mark and celebrate excelling at promoting reading for pleasure.  This award is the 1st of its type in the North West, innovated by School Improvement Liverpool Ltd, an organisation that works with schools to help them improve. The Liverpool Reading Quality Mark has been developed in partnership with The National Literacy Trust and is supported by the Liverpool Learning Partnership, which represents all education sectors and all learners in Liverpool.

Councillor Lana Orr, Mayoral Lead for Primary education, said:- "The Reading Quality Mark is giving so many Liverpool children an opportunity to read for pleasure and the work of schools their staff and students is rightly recognised and celebrated.  The work being done to raise the profile of reading will create a new generation of readers and ensure our young people fulfil their true potential."

It is the 3rd group of schools in Liverpool to receive the prestigious award and now a total of 63 schools have the accolade, with a 4th group to be accredited later this academic year.  The award is highly valued by Liverpool schools and its impact is spreading, with several schools in neighbouring Knowsley also working towards accreditation this term.

Sue Killen, Senior School Improvement Officer, said:- "Research shows that children and young people who develop positive attitudes to reading and read for enjoyment are more likely to develop better literacy skills and improved life opportunities and our schools continually find innovative and creative ways to promote this. For many schools, something that has really made the difference to children's enjoyment of reading is the development of their indoor and outdoor reading areas. Transforming them into magical places, themed to be witches' caves, pirate ships or jungle hideaways and ensuring that they are stocked with the most exciting books means that children want to be there and discover all that they can."

The 20 schools are:-

Primary:- Dovecot Primary; Gwladys Street Primary; Holy Name Catholic Primary; Holy Trinity Catholic Primary; Kingsley Primary; Northcote Primary; St Anne's (Stanley) CE Primary; St Cleopas CE Primary; St Teresa of Lisieux Catholic Primary; St Mary's CE Primary; St Frances de Sales Catholic Primary; Our Lady and St Philomena's Catholic Primary; Ranworth Square Primary; Wellesbourne Primary and St Nicholas Catholic Primary.

Secondary:- Enterprise South Liverpool Academy and St Margaret's CE Academy.

Special:- Ernest Cookson; Sandfield Park and Woolton High.

Merseyside Police comment following sentencing of 3 for robbery at knifepoint

3 men who committed a robbery at knifepoint in a Bootle off licence have been jailed for a total of 8 years and 9 months. The men were all convicted of attempted robbery and jailed at Liverpool Crown Court, on Friday, 8 January 2016.

►  Ryan Kelly, 23, of Wordsworth Street, Bootle was sentenced to 3 years, plus 10 months, for possession of an offensive weapon, to run concurrently.

►  Liam Lawrence Brett, 25, of Hornby Road, Bootle was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months.

►  Shaun Anthony Moorcroft, 21, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 2 years and 3 months.

The Court head that the 3 men had entered the Sisters Shop, News and Booze on 24 May 2015. Ryan Kelly threatened the 57 year old shopkeeper with a machete, lunging towards him with it while demanding money. Moorcroft attempted to grab the shopkeeper and threw items at him while Brett stood lookout in the doorway. The shopkeeper immediately called the Police and the 3 offenders ran away on foot empty handed.  Detective Constable Kev Reppion from St Anne Street CID, said:- "This was a brazen and vicious robbery in which the men made repeated threats towards the shop assistant while brandishing a very dangerous weapon while three female customers were in the shop. The victim showed great courage and did exactly the right thing by calling Police straight away and the 3 men fled. However following Police investigations all three were identified and later arrested and charged. It is pleasing that they are now behind bars for a considerable length of time and can no longer steal from a local business. The significant sentence handed down should send a clear warning to other criminals who think it is acceptable to target local shops in Merseyside and wrongly believe they will get away with it. They won't."

Next of kin appeal issued to find Michael Gerrard Farrell family members

SEFTON Coroner's Office have issued an appealed to the public for helps tracing the next of kin of Michael Gerrard Farrell, who died at his home in Bootle. Mr Farrell, 90, who lived in Earl Road, died on Wednesday, 30 December 2015. There are no suspicious circumstance surrounding his death. Mr Farrell's next of kin are asked to contact Coroner's Officer, Stephen Craig, on:- 0151 777 3480.

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