North West low paid unaware
of NMW rules
MOST low paid workers in the North West
would be unaware if they were being illegally denied the National Minimum Wage,
it has been revealed.
HM Revenue and Customs, which investigates National Minimum (NMW) and Living
Wage (NLW) breaches, revealed a survey of low paid workers across the region
found most were unaware of the rules and how their employer could be underpaying
The survey findings follow the launch of a nationwide Government campaign to
increase low paid workers' understanding of their rights around pay.
Jennie Granger, Director General for Customer Compliance at HMRC, said:-
"Almost all workers must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage; it's the
law and there are no exceptions. It really is that simple.
We are determined to ensure working people understand their rights; if you
think you are getting ripped off by your employer, tell us. We have a really
straightforward online form that anyone can use.
HMRC respond to every complaint we receive. In 2016 alone we helped over
58,000 workers get more than ₤10 million in underpaid wage arrears, putting
money back in their pockets."
Business Minister, Margot James, said:- "There are no excuses for
underpaying staff what they are legally entitled to. While most employers get it
right, there are still a small number who fail to play by the rules. I would
encourage anyone who thinks they may be paid less to contact Acas as soon as
Every call is followed up by HMRC and we are determined to make sure everybody
in work receives a fair wage."
The survey of workers earning less than ₤15,000 in the North West revealed:-
► 57% did not know staff earning the minimum wage must be paid for tasks or
checks done before or after they officially start work.
► 48% did not know an employer cannot charge someone receiving the minimum wage
for a uniform.
► 57% thought workers could agree to be paid less than the minimum wage.
► 54% believed apprentices were not entitled to the NMW.
► 73% did not know staff on the minimum wage must be paid for time spent
travelling between work assignments.
► 40% did not know anyone paid less than the minimum wage can legally claim back
The most common excuses from employers paying workers less than the minimum wage
include using tips to top up pay, making staff pay for their uniforms, not
paying for time spent shutting up the shop or clearing security checks, or time
spent travelling from one appointment to another.
HMRC helps people denied the minimum wage receive the money they are owed with
more than 300,000 people receiving more than ₤68 million of pay they wouldn't
otherwise have got since 1999.
A national advertising campaign; which is carried on public transport, in
shopping centres and other public places; has been on going ahead of the
Government's National Minimum and National Living Wage rates rising on 1 April
To complain about being paid less than your legal entitlement, ring the ACAS Helpline, on:- 0300 123 1100.
Merseyside Police have hosted national
conference on:- 'The Criminal, Dangerous and Anti Social Use of Motorcycles'
MERSEYSIDE Police on Thursday, 30 March
2017, have hosted a national conference on:- 'The Criminal, Dangerous and
Anti Social Use of Motorcycles.' at Haydock Park.
The conference, brought together representatives from each of the 43 Police
Forces, within England and Wales, alongside representatives from partner
agencies and the motor industry, including:- Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service,
Crown Prosecution Service, local authorities, who are committed to tackling the
problem which is the blight of communities across the country.
Speakers at the event included:- Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police,
Ian Critchley; Paul Reddy from Slater and Gordon solicitors; Dave Luscombe from
the Motorcycle Industry Association; Anne Studd QC; Chief Constable of West
Mercia Police Anthony Bangham and Dr Daniel Silverstone from the Liverpool
Centre for Advanced Police Studies.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley, said:- "For the last 6 years
Merseyside Police has run Operation Brookdale, targeting the anti social and
criminal use of motorbikes, but despite some real successes the problem still
persists. But the problem isn't specific to Merseyside, other areas of the
country have been plagued by irresponsible bike riders, who terrorise
communities and prevent people from enjoying local parks. On Merseyside we have
seen 3 members of the public killed and other members of the community seriously
injured as a result of the recklessness of these individuals, despite some
considerable success in disrupting their activities. In 2016 Operation Brookdale
saw the seizure of 234 motorbikes (95 of which were stolen); 156 arrests; 50
warrants executed and 72 Section 58 warnings issued. The activity was supported
by an extensive media campaign, which was well received by our communities, but
still the problem persists. So we wanted to take this opportunity to come
together and not only share good practice, but work with motor industry
specialists to see if there is any innovation that we can tap in to which will
help us tackle the problem and whether our partners have access to different
types of legislation that could have an impact on those involved in the criminal
and anti social use of motorcycles."
We have asked Merseyside Police to let us know what developments happen as a
result of this conference and will let you know when that information becomes
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
runs throughout April
SCREENING works, so take the test!
That's the message from medical experts who are using Bowel Cancer Awareness
Month to highlight the importance of people over 60 completing the free national
It is the UK's second biggest cancer killer claiming a life every 30 minutes yet
bowel cancer spotted in the earliest stages can be successfully treated in over
95% of cases, say NHS figures. But Bowel Cancer UK says that only a 3rd of
people who receive a free test in the post, sent every 2 years to people aged
between 60 and 74, actually go on to complete it.
"That means... That a vast majority of people are just not
being tested. Screening can detect bowel cancer before any symptoms appear which
means it is much easier to treat and success rates are very high." says Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Mr Fraser Smith.
Mr Smith, who practices at Spire Liverpool Hospital in Greenbank Road, also
urged people of all ages to be on the lookout for symptoms so they could act
quickly if they spotted anything out of the ordinary.
He said:- "A change in your bowel habit that lasts for 3 weeks or more and
blood in your poo are warning signs that need acting upon as soon as possible.
Other signs include unexplained weight loss, feeling tired without reason,
stomach pains or a lump in the stomach.
Your 1st stop is your GP who, after an initial examination, will send patients
with bowel symptoms to be assessed in clinic by a colorectal surgeon usually
meaning a colonoscopy (flexible camera test of the bowel) or a CT scan."
In many cases there is not a clear cut reason why some people develop bowel
cancer, but you can reduce your personal risk of developing cancer by making
some simple lifestyle choices...
► Stop smoking:- Long term smokers are more likely than non-smokers to
develop bowel cancer.
► Watch your weight:- After not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is the
most important thing you can do for cancer prevention.
► Cut down on alcohol:- Bowel cancer has been linked to a heavy intake of
alcohol. The more you cut down, the more you reduce your risk.
► Exercise regularly:- Besides using up extra calories and helping you avoid
gaining weight, being physically active also helps food to move through your
digestive system more quickly.
► Eat healthily:- Make sure you eat plenty of dietary fibre from whole
grains, seeds, fruit and vegetables. This helps to move waste quickly through
your digestive system. Also drink plenty of water.
Mr Smith added:- "The most recent figure show bowel cancer claims the
lives of around 16,000 people in the UK every year so Bowel Cancer Awareness
Month is a good time to let people know they can actually do positive things to
improve their health and increase their chances of successful treatment."
Wanted in connection with rape and false imprisonment
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives are
investigating a rape and false imprisonment offence that is reported to have
happened in Huyton, in December 2017. As part of the investigation Police have
re-issued a photograph of a man they want to speak to in relation to the
incident. Officers are keen to hear from Michael McLelland, aged 28, from
Aigburth, or anyone who knows his whereabouts as they believe he may be able to
help them progress their investigation. He is known to frequent the Widnes and
Huyton areas. Detectives have carried out extensive enquiries to investigate the
incidents and are keen to hear from Michael McLelland or anyone who can help
them trace him. Officers would ask McLelland himself, or anyone who knows of his
whereabouts or recognises him from the attached photograph and knows where he
is, to call Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 6573 or Crimestoppers, anonymously,
on:- 0800 555 111. Alternatively, provide information to Crimestoppers