Life on the margins - 6,300 without a home in
the North West
A shocking new report reveals that
6,300 people are homeless in the North West. For the very 1st time, housing
charity Shelter has revealed the true scale of homelessness in the area by
analysing a combination of the most up-to-date government statistics, freedom of
information requests, and other published homelessness data.
To mark Shelter's founding 50 years ago today, the research is inspired by the
charity's original- 'Green Book' the report that launched the charity in 1966
and exposed the grim reality of life for homeless families at the time. Sadly,
the modern day study also paints a bleak and desperate picture of a 21st century
housing crisis affecting families across the nation.
The new Green Book also identified the North West's top 20 'homelessness
hotspots' where people are most likely to lose the battle to stay in their
homes. Manchester topped the list with 1 in 266 people living without a home.
This was followed by Salford (1 in 765), Trafford (1 in 1156) and Rochdale (1 in
Shelter Manchester Hub manager, John Ryan, said:- "Shelter's founding
shone a light on hidden homelessness in the 60s slums. But while those troubled
times have faded into memory, 50 years on a modern day housing crisis is
tightening its grip on our country.
Thousands of people in the North West will face the trauma of waking up homeless
this Christmas. Decades in the making, this is the tragic result of a nation
struggling under the weight of sky high rents, a lack of affordable homes, and
cuts to welfare support. We all face the consequences when so many grow up
without a place to call home. It breaks up communities and wreaks havoc on
family life. For the sake of future generations we must pull together to end
this crisis, and refuse to rest until every child has a place to call home."
Shelter's co-founder Des Wilson said:- "It would be pleasing if Shelter
were able to take time to celebrate its 50th year, but as this report shows, it
is too aware of what still has to be done. I hope the country will respond to
its urgent rallying call with the same combination of anger and compassion with
which it supported our work all those years ago."
To support Shelter's urgent Christmas appeal and help homeless families please
Shelter.Org.UK or text 'SHELTER' to 70555
to donate £3.
a life at the Hospice Switch On
THIS year's Light up a Life service and
Christmas light switch on take place, on Sunday, 11 December 2016, at St.
Joseph's Hospice, in Thornton, Merseyside.
Hundreds of local people dedicate a light on the Hospice's Christmas tree every
year to celebrate or remember the life of a friend, relative or colleague. Their
names are also entered into the Hospice's special Light up a Life dedication
The remembrance service will begin at 3.45pm and will be led by Monsignor John
Furnival. The St. Nicholas Singers, along with Danielle Thomas, will then lead
families in some seasonal carols before the Christmas tree lights are switched
on, at the Hospice, on Ince Road, Thornton, Merseyside.
Memory hearts will also be available at the service to write a personal tribute
to hang on the tree.
Dedications for Light up a Life can be made right up to the day itself and over
the Christmas period as a meaningful way to remember someone special, to
celebrate life or to give thanks.
Joe Lee, from Bootle, has been a volunteer gardener at the Hospice for 2 years
and has dedicated a light, this year, in memory of his wife Thelma, who sadly
passed away at the Hospice, in October, and their son Stephen who died back in
Joe said:- "We were aware of Light up a Life in previous years but have
never been before. After my wife passed away, we wanted to do something special
to remember Thelma. Lots of our friends and family have donated money for the
Hospice for the wonderful care she received and we have raised an amazing £1,000
in her memory. I have also arranged a memorial brick for Thelma in the hospice
fountain. Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year though and so we
felt that Light up a Life would be a lovely way to remember Thelma and Stephen
and we're really looking forward to seeing the tree light up in memory of so
many loved ones."
Mike Parr, Chief Executive of St. Joseph's Hospice, said:- "Light up a
Life is a wonderful way to give thanks, to celebrate a special event or remember
a loved 1 at Christmas time. It is a very festive occasion, not only for those
who have a connection to the hospice but for is anyone who would like to make a
dedication to someone they love or have loved."
Dedications can be made by downloading a form from:-
Jospice.Org.UK. Forms are also available
from Jospice shops and other locations around Merseyside.
Work begins on Prescot Fire
and Police Station
WORK on building a new Community Fire
and Police Station in Prescot will begin shortly as partners gathered at the
Manchester Road Site to celebrate a 'turf cutting' ceremony.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority, Merseyside Police, the Police and Crime
Commissioner, and Knowsley MBC have worked together to make the joint station a
The innovative community project helps the organisations involved meet cuts in
government funding whilst delivering a high quality community resource in
In Knowsley, this means that Huyton and Whiston fire stations will close when
the new Prescot station is operational and the site was chosen as it provides
the best emergency response cover to the Huyton and Whiston areas.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority has secured the site from Knowsley Borough
Council, and the Department of Communities and Local Government have assisted
with the build costs by the provision of a capital grant. The building will be
constructed by Wates Construction. Merseyside Police colleagues have been keen to collaborate on the project and
will operate a Community Police Station from the building.
Site preparation works will begin in November 2016, with the building work
starting early in 2017. It is expected that the Station will be fully
operational in February 2018.
Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said:- "I am pleased
that we are now in a position to officially get work underway on this new
Community Fire and Police Station for Prescot.
This joint community station is a good example of our shared commitment to
working together to provide the best possible service to people on Merseyside.
Not only will this Centre reduce costs and increase efficiency, it will also
enable officers and firefighters to work in closer partnership in facilities
which are modern and fit for purpose.
This sod turning ceremony is another step towards fulfilling my 10 year pledge
to provide the officers and staff of Merseyside Police the stations they need to
best serve the public, now and for years to come."
Wates was appointed to build the Prescot Community Fire and Police Station via
the North West Construction Hub (NWCH), a procurement body designed to save time
and money in the delivery of public sector building work in the region.
Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction North West, said:-
"When investment is made to enhance and modernise the operations of vital
front line services, the absolute priority is that best value for money is
achieved. Our longstanding partnership with Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Services, along with our local knowledge and reputation as a leading contractor
in the region, will enable us to once again deliver an essential emergency
services project efficiency and effectively."
For free fire safety advice or to request a home fire safety check, call:- 0800
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service also provides free smoke alarms for Merseyside
residents, aged 65 or over.
Regent Road closed for
emergency gas repairs
A major Northbound route out of
Liverpool City Centre is closed until further notice for emergency gas repairs.
National Grid have asked the City Council to shut the north bound carriageway of
Waterloo Road / Regent Road, between Bath Street and Paisley Street with immediate
effect due to a suspected leak. National Grid will be working 24 hours a day and
7 days a week to repair the leak.
Drivers are being advised to allow extra time for journeys and consider
alternative routes because the closure will lead to significant delays around
the area, particularly at peak times.
Diversions will be signed and are available via:- Leeds Street, Vauxhall Road,
Commercial Road and Sandhills Lane or Paisley Street, Waterloo Road and Regent
Road for non HGV traffic only.
Motorists are being warned that the alternative routes are already extremely
busy due to the closure of Great Howard Street for bridge replacement.
The Southbound Carriageway heading into the City is not affected.