Care fee rates set to rise within the Liverpool
LIVERPOOL City Council is starting consultation over a
proposed above inflation increase in social care fee rates which would see the
local authority spending an additional ₤4.3 million a year.
The Cabinet has this morning agreed to engage with providers over an across the
board increase for rates paid for home care and residential and nursing homes.
The increase is to help providers cover the increased National Living Wage of
₤7.50 per hour, for over 25's, and allow a reasonable amount on top for
administration costs and return on investment.
The Council is proposing upping the hourly fee paid to home
care providers by four percent to ₤13.62 an hour.
Weekly care home fee rates are also set to increase by more than three percent,
with residential care going up from ₤394.33 to ₤407.16, dementia residential
care from ₤487.23 to ₤503.94, while nursing care is proposed to go up from
₤564.10 to ₤600.21 and nursing dementia care from ₤646.24 to ₤661.78.
Cabinet member for adult social care, Councillor Paul Brant,
said:- "Care workers do a tremendous job keeping some of our most
vulnerable residents safe and it is right and proper that we make sure they get
a pay rise. In calculating the revised rates we have looked closely at the
amount paid by other local authorities in the region, as well as taking into
account the increasing costs of operating in the care sector. Adult social care
is our biggest area of spend, costing significantly more than we raise in
Council Tax. The many millions we will spend on care next year will help to ease
pressure from rising demand in the City."
When the new fee rates are agreed, they will be backdated to 1 April 2017.
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CCTV images released following robbery in
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives have
issued CCTV images of 2 men they would like to speak to following reports of a
robbery, at a shop, in Aintree Retail Park, on Monday, 13 March 2017. We
are told that Officers were called to Carphone Warehouse, on Topham Drive,
Aintree, at around 12.30pm, following reports that 2 males had been seen using
bolt cutters in order to remove phone handsets stored on display. When the males
were confronted by a member of staff, the staff member was threatened before the
males left with a Samsung Galaxy 6 and a Samsung Galaxy 7 phone. It is
believed that the males left on mountain bikes.
An investigation is underway and
CCTV enquiries have been undertaken. 1 of the males is described as white,
in his late 20's, approximately 6ft 3in tall and of stocky build. He spoke with
a strong Liverpool accent. The 2nd male is described as white, in his early
20's, about 5ft 7in tall and of skinny build. He also spoke with a strong
Liverpool accent. Officers have issued CCTV images of 2 men who they believe
could help with their enquiries. Anyone who recognises the men or has any
information which could assist with the investigation is asked to contact
Detective Constable George Easterbrook, on:- 0151 777 3011 or via the
Crimestoppers phone line, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111 or via:-
2 arrested following
seizure of drugs in Southport
MERSEYSIDE Police has arrested 2
people and seized a quantity of Class A drugs in Southport, on Tuesday, 18 April
2017. We are told that the arrests took place after a Ford Focus car came
to the attention of patrols, on Neville Street, Southport and was stopped nearby
on The Promenade. We are told that a search of the car reviled 70 wraps of
what is believed to be cocaine, along with a large quantity of cash.
Merseyside Police have since told us that a 41 year old, male and a 26 year old
female, both from Southport, were then arrested on suspicion of possession with
intent to supply Class A drugs (cocaine). Police Officers in Southport are
continuing to urge anyone with information about drugs activity in their area to
get in contact with them. Merseyside police said:- "Officers will listen
to all information received and action can be taken to remove the blight of
drugs from our communities." Anyone with any information about drugs
activity in their area is asked to contact:- 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously
on:- 0800 555 111.
3 arrested as drugs,
weapons and cash seized during Police raids in Sefton
3 people have been arrested after
drugs, weapons and cash were found during Police raids of 6 homes, in Bootle and
Seaforth, on Saturday, 15 April 2017. Merseyside Police Officers, from local
Policing Teams executed the Misuse of Drugs Act warrants in response to
information from the public about drug dealing and organised crime. During searches of a flat just off Seaforth
Road, Officers found 40 bags of heroin, 40 bags of cannabis, 2 machetes and a
quantity of cash. 2 males, aged 17 were arrested on suspicion of possession with
intent to supply and taken to a local Police Station to be questioned by
detectives. At a house on Seaforth Road itself, where another warrant was
executed, 2 bags of heroin were recovered and another teenage boy was arrested,
this time on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug. 4 more warrants
executed in the surrounding area did not lead to any further arrests or
seizures. Chief Inspector Paul Court from the force's
community engagement unit said:- "I am delighted with today's results.
We've taken drugs off the street of Bootle, we've seized cash from suspected
criminals' hands and arrested three people. I am grateful for the support we
continue to receive from the community as it allows us to target those involved
in criminality so please keep the information coming in as it is invaluable.
Last weekend we used new and improved stop and search powers to go after those
who choose to deal drugs and carry firearms, putting the rest of the community
at risk. This weekend we have used other powers and tactics to take our message
through their front door. And the message is this... The people of Sefton won't
tolerate your behaviour and neither will Merseyside Police. If you chose to
continue with your criminal activity, then we will continue to work around the
clock to come after you at every opportunity we get."
National Newspaper under fire after
publishing newspaper comments
THE national 'newspaper' The
Sun has suspended Kelvin MacKenzie, after Merseyside Police said they were
investigating an online complaint from a member of the public that could:-
"constitute a racial hate crime." The Independent Press Standards
Organisation, has said will be looking at it, as well. Merseyside Police in a
press release said:- "We have received an online
complaint from a member of the public alleging that comments written about a 3rd
party constitute a racial hate crime. Enquiries are now being carried out to
establish the full circumstances of the incident. We take all allegations of
hate crime extremely seriously and would encourage anyone who feels they have
been the victim of a hate crime or who has witnessed 1 to contact us."
Roger Walsh sentenced for sex offences on
THE sentencing, on Thursday, 13 April 2017, of Roger
Walsh, aged 46, from Litherland, for a series of sexual offences, has been
welcomed by Merseyside Police. Roger Walsh, admitted 2 counts of rape and 8
counts of indecent assault, on 2 boys under the age of 16, between 1979 and
1990. He has been sentenced to a total of 7 years in prison at Liverpool Crown
Court and must also sign the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.
Detective Inspector Paul Grounds of the Merseyside Police UNITY team said:-
"Walsh's victims have shown incredible bravery to come forward. Time should
never be a barrier to obtaining justice and I hope this sentence gives his
victims some sense of closure. Merseyside Police thoroughly examines all cases,
whether or not they are recent, and has dedicated Officers within the Force who
are specially trained to investigate allegations. I would like to take this
opportunity to reassure anyone who has suffered a sexual offence that if you can
find the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will deal with you
sensitively and professionally."
People can call Officers in the Force's UNITY team on:- 0151 777 1382.
Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.