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Issue:- Thursday, 22 September 2016

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Dobbies helps Southport to get growing

Staff and volunteers at Ainsdale Community Care ready to transform their garden for 150th Anniversary.

AS part of its community campaign, Dobbies Garden Centre Southport has helped to transform four local community gardens. Having urged local schools and community groups to get in touch, Dobbies Southport chose four inspiring projects to support. Macmillan Cancer Support Centre, St Marks Primary School, Ainsdale Community Care and Rethink all received over £500 worth of products, along with expert advice and assistance, to help bring their garden projects to life. The groups applied to Dobbies' Helping Your Community Grow campaign for support with their outdoor spaces that needed re-vamping. The programme aims to get communities growing and spending more time outdoors. This year it focused on 'welltality' gardens, aiming to improve health and wellbeing though gardening, from allotments in primary schools to dementia friendly gardens.

Zoe Stanmore, Community Champion for Dobbies Southport, said:- "It has been brilliant working with such a diverse range of projects and people. Gardening is a great activity for improving overall health and wellbeing for all ages, whether that is through growing your own veg or simply being able to enjoy a communal outdoor space“.

Dobbies has supported over 100 community garden makeovers around the UK this year.

1 in 10 renters victim to law breaking landlords in North West of England

NEW research released has revealed that in the last year alone 1 in 10 private renters in the North West of England has suffered from an illegal act, committed by a landlord. Nationally, over a million; or 1 in 8; private renters across England have suffered at the hands of a landlord who has broken the law. Alarmingly, the survey by Shelter and YouGov uncovered a range of problems with law breaking landlords in the North West of England, ranging from unlawful behaviour to serious criminal offences. While reports of landlords entering homes without permission and deposits not being properly protected were among the most common complaints from renters, many cases of shocking behaviour from rogue landlords were also uncovered in the survey. The most striking findings from the region included:-

The equivalent of almost 10,000 renters reported that a landlord has cut off their utilities without their consent and 7,400 said their belongings had been thrown out of their home and the locks changed

Nearly 50,000 renters have had their home entered by a landlord without permission or notice being given

7,300 reported having been abused, threatened or harassed by a landlord

Almost 15,000 renters felt they had been treated unfairly due to their race, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.

The housing charity is warning that a minority of rogue landlords are causing misery to the lives of renters by committing these civil and criminal offences. Often renters don't know what their rights are. In just the last year, Shelter's website has received over 220,000 unique visits to its advice pages for people facing problems with a private landlord.

Shelter's helpline adviser, Danielle Goodwin, said:- "Every day at Shelter we speak to people at the end of their tether after a law-breaking landlord has caused chaos in their lives. These range from instances where the renter has been unaware of their rights, to cases where renters are exploited and subjected to terrible experiences by a minority of law breaking landlords. Too many people simply don't know their rights as a renter; but Shelter is here to help anyone having landlord problems with free, expert advice. As a first port of call go to:- Shelter.Org.UK/Advice or for urgent problems call our helpline on:- 0808 800 4444."

Next of kin appeal:- "Barrara Kelsall"

THE Liverpool Coroner's Office are appealing for the public's help in tracing the next of kin of a woman who recently died. Barbara Kelsall, 74, of Gateacre Rise, Liverpool died at her home address, on Thursday, 15 September 2016. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. Anyone with information that could help the coroner trace relatives is asked to call Coroner's Investigation officer Simon Knuckey on:- 0151 225 5069.

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