St Vincent's School to
receive Freedom of Liverpool
ONE of the country's leading schools
for the visually impaired is being awarded the Freedom of Liverpool on Wednesday,
20 April 2016.
St Vincent's School opened on its present site in West Derby in 1901, and is run
by the Catholic Blind Institute which was founded in 1841 to provide care,
relief and education for the visually impaired and poor of the City.
Today, the school; rated 'outstanding' by the independent inspection body Ofsted; caters for 43 pupils with a range of visual, sensory and physical needs who
come to it on a residential basis from Local Authorities across the Country.
The Institute also operates the neighbouring residential and nursing home
Christopher Grange, which supports adults with visual impairment and also offers
rehabilitation to those who lose their sight later in life, as well as literacy,
numeracy and computer studies courses.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion, said:- "This award is
in recognition of St Vincent's long history of being one of the most important
in the country for the visually impaired. The school does amazing work
encouraging its young people to have a sense of achievement, responsibility,
mutual respect and independence, and strives to fully integrate its pupils into
society. It achieves exceptional standards and is a life changing institution,
which is why its admission to the Freedom Roll of Associations and Institutions
is richly deserved."
Work is currently underway progressing an education and enterprise village on
the St Vincent's School campus, providing space for business start ups and
entrepreneurs in return for giving business experience to older school pupils.
Dr John Patterson, Principal of St Vincent's School, said:- "It is an
honour to receive the Freedom of the City and something that everyone associated
with the school is rightly proud of. This award gives us a platform to share how
we are helping visually impaired young people achieve their potential and give
them the skills they need to go on to secure good jobs. Through our new
education and enterprise village, we aim to become a global centre of excellence
for visual impairment research and innovation, teaching and learning."
More information about St Vincent's School can be found
Pet Picture and Poem
Competition – Win £50 and Treats for your Local RSPCA or Animal Sanctuary
HOW much do we adore our pets? We'll do
anything for our furry little friends because they're such a huge part of our
family life. United Press are now offering you a free opportunity to enter a Pet Picture and Poem
Competition. So why not write a poem about them?
To enter this, all you have to do is send the cutest picture you can find of your
pet and write a poem about him or her to United Press.
Anyone can submit up to 3 poems for the competition. Don't forget to include
a clear photograph of your pet. (Unfortunately United Press are not able to return the
The winner will receive £50 and have the
picture of their pet on the front cover of the book containing their poem, they
will also receive a free copy, we will even throw in a bag of treats for your
Also, if you are chosen as the winner, your local RSPCA or Animal Sanctuary will
receive £20 worth of toys and treats, for furry friends who are waiting for new
homes, so please add details to your entry.
Your poem can be funny, heroic or emotional as long as it's about your pet. Send
up to three poems, of no more than 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160
words each, but if you prefer, you can submit just 1 poem. The Closing date is 6
May 2016. Send your entries via post to:-
Pet Picture and Poem Competition
Alternatively you can also send it
For more information about United Press, please visit their
Runcorn recycling boss who
stole employees' tax jailed
A businessman from Runcorn, who stole
more than £112,000 from his workers' pay packets, has been jailed for 2 years
after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) uncovered his crimes.
For over 5 years, Kevin Cheung, 41, director of Ace Recyclers Limited,
deducted Income Tax and National Insurance contributions (NIC) from his
employees' wages, but instead of paying it to HMRC he pocketed the cash.
Cheung also failed to fully declare his own income from 3 companies between
2008 and 2014. He understated his true income on Self Assessment (SA) Tax
Returns sent to HMRC and was also jailed for evading over £14,000 Tax he owed.
Cheung admitted that he was responsible for completing PAYE payroll, on behalf of
his business and that he had submitted false Tax Returns for himself. He pleaded
guilty to 3 Tax Fraud offences, at Chester Crown Court, on Monday, 11 April 2016. He
was sentenced, the same day, to 2 years imprisonment for the PAYE fraud and 10 months for each SA fraud to run concurrently.
The court took into consideration that his failure to pay Income Tax and NICs on
behalf of his employees resulted in their Tax and NICs records being incomplete,
thereby affecting the ability of the employees to access state benefits and
Renewals due for
garden waste collections
SUBSCRIBERS to Wirral's Garden Waste
Club will this week be receiving invitations to renew their membership of the
scheme. By renewing, residents will continue getting their garden waste
collected from home every 2 weeks, for 12 months from 1 June 2016.
The annual cost to be part of the Garden Waste Club is £35 to those who renew;
or join for the 1st time; using the online payment system. This represents a £5
discount on the £40 subscription fee for those who pay in person, or over the
The fee, which is in line with what other local authorities charge for their
garden waste collections, works out at £1.46 per collection. Residents can put
grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, leaves, weeds and flowers into their brown
recycling bin and it will be collected from outside of their property
In the last 3 years, the Garden Waste Club has collected nearly 33,000 tonnes of
garden waste from Wirral residents.
As well as being an easy way to dispose of
garden waste, the collection service also gives residents peace of mind that
their waste will be handled in an environmentally friendly way. If garden waste
was put into landfill, this would produce methane, which is a powerful
All garden waste collected from members of the
Wirral Garden Waste Club is taken to a centralised site where it is composted.
More information on the Garden Waste Club can be found on the Council's