Nightriders Cycle 'Cross The Mersey For Charity
FOLLOWING the success of the Liverpool's 1st Nightrider challenge back in
2016, the charity night ride is back by popular demand over 15 July to 16 July
2017. Over 350
intrepid cyclists are gearing up to pedal the moonlit streets of Liverpool and
the Wirral on Saturday night. Together they will raise ₤140,000 for 35 good
causes. Many local charities will benefit including:- Alder Hey Children's
Hospital, Claire House Children's Hospice and The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity,
as well as national organisations like Alzheimer's Society, Macmillan Cancer
Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and The National Autistic Society.
New for 2017 is a 50km route in addition to the original 100km distance,
offering something to suit all cycling abilities.
There are 2, 50km loops
through the City and the Wirral loop along with the Liverpool loop.
The former goes
through the Queensway Tunnel (closed to other traffic for the event) to Wirral
Peninsula. Highlights include:- the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, West Kirby and Port
Sunlight, plus there are spectacular views back over the City Centre.
Liverpool loop includes many of the City's well known landmarks and legendary
music venues:- Albert Dock, Echo Arena, Cavern Club, Empire Theatre, Penny Lane,
Aintree, Anfield Stadium and Goodison Park. The hub of the action is the
centrally located start / break / finish point, at Pier Head on Liverpool's
There will be an extra buzz before the ride as the Pier Head
Village summer festival will be in full swing for Nightriders to enjoy. All
roads remain open during Nightrider and the route has been designed to avoid
heavy traffic, where possible. The Liverpool loop, which passes through the City
Centre, is therefore introduced later on in the night when the streets are
quieter. The 50km and 100km routes are clearly sign posted so that Nightriders
can cycle at their own pace. All sections of the ride are street lit, except for
2 short stretches on the Wirral loop. There are regular break stops en-route
plus medical support and mechanical back up provided throughout the night.
Everyone receives a well earned breakfast and medal at the finish line.
Philanthropic adventurer, Bernie Hollywood OBE, had to pull out of last year's
ride due to bike issues, but is determined to cross the finish line this year.
He said:- "Nightrider is a fantastic way to explore the City and I'm
looking forward to riding through the moonlit streets of Liverpool again. There
are 10 of us supporting the Whitechapel Centre and together we'll raise
thousands for this great cause."
The event is organised by leading charity tour operator Classic Challenge. Event
partners include Cycle Republic, Virgin Money Giving and CYCL. Every Nightrider
will receive a free set of CYCL WingLights (LED handlebar indicators for safer
cycling at night) as featured on BBC's Dragon's Den.
For more information visit:-
NightRider.Org.UK. To register interest for Nightrider 2018 email:-
Taylor may deliver fairness in terms of
rights, but more work is needed for Tax fairness and simplicity
WHILST welcoming the Taylor Review's
proposals to bring greater fairness in rights to certain workers in the
'Gig Economy,' the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) advises that the
suggestion in the Taylor Review to keep the three categories of workers under
employment law; renaming 1 'dependent contractor' from
further work will still be needed to ensure fairness and simplicity in Tax
The Institute is supportive of the Review's recommendation that treating
different forms of employment more equally in the Tax system would be fairer,
and would better reflect the reality of the modern UK labour market.
Colin Ben Nathan, Chair of the CIOT's Employment Taxes Sub-committee, said:-
"Whatever it brings in fairness for the worker, unless the Tax status of 'dependent
contractors' is addressed at the same time as their employment and other
rights are established, the Tax system will remain complex and distorted.
Maintaining three different categories of workers (employed, 'dependent
contractor' and self employed) for employment law, but just 2 for Tax (employed
and self employed) is a mismatch which means confusion and inconsistency among
Taxpayers and their employers will continue. It is crucial that individual
Taxpayers and employers know what their responsibilities are to HMRC before any
such detailed change to the three employment categories goes ahead. We welcome
the desire of Taylor to take account of the Tax system on his changes to
employment definitions and agree that treating different forms of employment
more equally in the Tax system would be fairer, more economically efficient and
support better quality work. It is vital that any future changes to employment
Taxation to align with the three new bands of workers are thoroughly consulted
Colin Ben Nathan added:- "The imbalance between the Tax burden on
employment and self employment remains very large and may be the biggest issue
to be addressed if the Tax system is to keep pace with working practice. The gap
should be narrowed so as to remove incentives for one status over another from a
Tax viewpoint. The Government must develop an overarching roadmap for the
Taxation of labour in the 21st century. This must address what the key Tax
challenges are and how they are to be managed over the next 5 to 10 years. Not
lEast given increasing automation and off shoring, less people paying Tax and
National Insurance and so on the face of it less revenue flowing to the
While the CIOT has called for the Chancellor to look again at greater alignment
between the employed and self employed, it said in its submission to Taylor that
the key distortion is Employer's NICs, which applies to employees but not the
self employed. Government could consider broadening the scope of employer NICs
to make it a wider levy on business costs, the Institute suggested.
Brazilica ready to samba
Saturday, 15 July 2017, Liverpool will again be hosting the amazing Brazilica
Festival, the largest celebration of Brazilian culture within the United
Kingdom, held annually, in Liverpool, since July 2008. This amazing
event's highlight is the unique Samba Night Time Carnival a colourful
celebration of Brazilian music, dance and culture. This is not to be missed if
you have not seen it already! Starts from Abercromby Square at 8pm through
the city to end Williamson Square, at around 10pm. For full information visit:-