Grants available to
Liverpool City Region businesses who recruit Apprentices
LIVERPOOL City Region businesses could
get up to £4,000 as an incentive for recruiting new Apprentices as part of the
implementation of the Liverpool City Region’s devolution plans for employment
The new Apprenticeship Grant for Employers is available to Small to Medium sized
Enterprises (SMEs) who haven’t recruited an Apprentice in the last 6 months.
SMEs, based in the Liverpool City Region and employing up to 249 employees,
could access £3,000 for employing an Apprentice aged 16 to 18 years. There’s
also an additional £1,000 available if the young person starts as an Advanced
Apprentice or Higher Apprentice (equivalent to A levels or a 1st degree).
Companies can also benefit by employing Apprentices aged 19 to 24, with a grant of
up to £2,500 with a similar bonus £1,000 if starting as an Advanced or Higher
Applications for the grants will need to be received and approved between 1
August and 31 December 2016. Employers will need to employ the Apprentice for
the duration of their training (a minimum of 12 months), but are eligible for
the grant after 13 weeks of Apprenticeship employment. Employers can apply for
up to five grants when employing Apprentices simultaneously.
Employers are required to pay Apprentices the National Minimum Wage for an
employee’s age in order to be eligible for the grant.
Councillor Ian Maher, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Portfolio lead
for Employment and Skills said:- “This scheme demonstrates the power of
local devolution. By tailoring national grants to meet the needs of local
priorities, the Liverpool City Region can support a wider range of small
companies to improve the skills of new staff. In addition, it gives young people
an opportunity to get on the career ladder, improve their job prospects and
earning potential whilst gaining invaluable skills and experience.”
To find out more about the Apprenticeship Grant for Employments scheme, visit:-
Pothole blitz beats target
A £3 million blitz to tackle a backlog of potholes across
Liverpool has exceeded its target. It was envisaged that the initiative,
which started in March, would see14,000 potholes repaired in 3 months; but
now it is estimated that 20,000 will be dealt with by the end of July. Around £1
million is being spent in each of the north, south and central/east parts of the
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- “Because of efficiencies in the
programme we have been able to repair a significantly higher number of potholes
something which will be welcomed by everyone in the City.
However, I know that despite this blitz the condition of our roads is not good
enough, to say the least. To put this programme in context; we are spending £3m
and we have a backlog of £269million in road repairs.
I have consistently lobbied the government over this issue to try and get the
necessary funding to make a real impact on this issue. Currently we only get
about £3m a year from the Department for Transport.”
The spending on pothole repairs is in addition to the £80 million that the
Council is spending over the next 5 years improving main routes in the City and
the annual resurfacing programme for local roads most in need of replacement
funded by the Department for Transport (DfT).
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport,
said:- “This has been an intensive programme of repairs which is dealing
with some of the most badly affected roads in the City.
Potholes are an issue which produces numerous complaints from motorists and
cyclists; and they give a poor impression to visitors to the City. We regard it
as very important that, despite the cuts which have been imposed on us, we try
and make a difference. All Councils are facing problems with potholes in their
roads, but we are adopting a vigorous approach in tackling them.
This programme is being funded through contributions from developers undertaking
regeneration projects, but it will also reduce the number of claims for
compensation we receive.”
The progress on the programme can be seen on the Council’s
Inter Mosque 5-a-side Football Cup
MERSEYSIDE Police’s Prevent team have pulled their
football boots on for a tournament with representatives from 7 Mosques, in the
Merseyside area. The 1st Merseyside Inter Mosque 5-a-side Football Cup took
place at Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, on Upper Warwick Street, on Sunday, 10 July 2016.
The Prevent team at Merseyside Police invited mosques from around Merseyside to
take part in the tournament. And after a gruelling competition which saw a
league of 8 teams each play a total of 7, 20 minute games, the team from Al-Taiseer
Mosque were crowned champions and presented with a glistening trophy and medals.
They had lined up alongside teams from Al Rahma Mosque, Whetstone Lane Mosque,
St Helens Mosque/Penny Lane Mosque, Abdullah Quilliam Mosque and 2 teams from
Ottoman Social Complex. The Prevent Team at Merseyside Police work with a wide
range of sectors including education, criminal justice, faith, charities and
health to provide advice and support to prevent people at risk from being drawn
into radicalisation, and improve community relations. Constable John Ward from
the Prevent team, who helped organise the event and played on the day, said:-
"This tournament is not only a great way for us to meet members of the Muslim
community in a fun setting, it also provides a good opportunity for
representatives of Mosques from across Merseyside to meet each other. It’s also
a great way of promoting fitness, friendship and most of all fun. We hope to
organise many more in future. It was a good natured, but fiercely competitive
day. The only downside was that the Prevent team didn't come out on top!"
Care Act has made little
difference: Local charity agrees with Carers Trust study
REVITALISE FOI requests reveal disabled
people and carers actually worse off since the launch of the 'Care Act.' National
charity Revitalise; which runs the Sandpipers respite break centre in Southport; has responded to a new study on the first anniversary of the
'Care Act', has published by Carers Trust.
In its own study, Revitalise found that, 1 year on from its launch, the
long awaited 'Care Act', billed as the most significant reform of social care law
in over 60 years and promising to safeguard the well being of disabled people
and carers, had failed to live up to expectations in its first year.
The Revitalise research found that 55% of England’s local authorities had spent
less overall on services for disabled people and carers since the 'Care Act' came
into being than in the year before; to the tune of an incredible £397 million;
and 42% had reduced their spending on respite provision by an average of nearly
A central pillar of the 'Care Act' was the legal entitlement of all disabled
people and carers to an assessment of their support needs. However, the
Revitalise study, based on Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, found that
local authorities gave fewer 'Needs Assessments' for disabled people during the
1st year of the 'Care Act't than in the year before it, and 48% had carried out
an average of 22% fewer Carer Assessments during the same period.
A parallel survey of disabled people and carers mirrored the FOI findings. 53%
of the disabled people and carers surveyed by Revitalise said the funding they
received had been reduced or not kept pace with inflation over the past year. As
a consequence, 66% said they felt more isolated and had been forced to reduce
their time spent taking valuable respite, and 44% said they were now struggling
to make ends meet.
Despite prominent support from central government, the failure of the 'Care Act'
was amply demonstrated by Revitalise’s research. 69% of disabled people and
carers told the charity they were unaware of any changes to their entitlements
as a result of the 'Care Act' and 49% said the services they received had got
worse since the 'Care Act's' introduction.
The 'Care Act', part of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s:- “Revolution in the
health and social care sector”, came into force on 1 April 2015 and was
year old', in April 2016.
Revitalise’s study, based on FOI requests and its own
research, looked at the impact of the 1st year of the 'Care Act' compared with
the preceding year.
In light of the study’s findings, Revitalise is calling for an overhaul of the
'Care Act' to ensure that all the disabled people and carers within local
authority jurisdictions are approached and offered Carer or Needs Assessments,
and more funding from central government to enable local authorities to fulfil
all the pledges contained within the 'Care Act'. The charity is also reiterating its
call for sufficient funding for respite breaks to be a fundamental element of
all social care provision.
Revitalise Chief Executive Chris Simmonds commented:- “It has become
abundantly clear from our own research and the new Carers Trust study; that
the Care Act has failed to make any meaningful impact on the quality of life of
the people it sets out to support, and in many respects their situation appears
to have got worse.
The similarities between our research and that of Carers Trust are astonishing;
they paint a sobering picture of a missed opportunity to make a material
difference to the lives of disabled people and carers across the country.
Central government and local authorities must both shoulder their share of the
blame for this failure. There is a massive and growing shortfall in adult social
care budgets, which is expected to be around £4.3 billon by 2020, so it is
hardly surprising that local authorities are struggling to implement the Care
However, we also urge local authorities to improve their rather lukewarm
implementation of the Care Act and get squarely behind this ground breaking new
piece of legislation.
As a respite provider, the importance of regular time off; for carer and cared
for alike; is well known to us, so it is very disheartening to find out that
adequate funding for respite is one of the services that has diminished under
the Care Act. Despite its very laudable intentions, our fear is that until all those
agencies with a stake in the Care Act really invest in its success, disabled
people and carers will continue to struggle to achieve even the most basic
quality of life.”
Revitalise is a national charity providing respite holidays for disabled people
and carers. Revitalise provides short breaks, with 24 hour nurse led care
on call and personal support, at Sandpipers and 2 other accessible centres in
Chigwell and Southampton. Each centre offers a wide range of accessible
activities and excursions in a holiday environment.
Cannabis recovered and arrests made in Bootle
MERSEYSIDE Police arrested 2 men and recovered what is
thought to be cannabis, on Thursday, 6 July 2016, following the execution of 2
warrants, in Bootle, on 6 July 2016. The 1st address was located on Monfa Road,
Bootle and the 2nd was also on the same road. At the 1st property, a 22 year
old, male, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply
cannabis. We are told that officers found boxes containing around £300 worth of
cannabis, scales and other drug supply paraphernalia that have been seized. He
was then taken into custody for questioning. The other property searched lead to
after the recovery of a bag of cannabis. We are told that a 31 year old male was
then interviewed under caution, on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug.