5 million want more work or
better jobs in UK's biggest Cities
OVER 5 million people want to work,
want more hours or are trapped in low paid and insecure work across the UK's 12
biggest Cities, according to a new report.
The report for the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) comes as new
metro mayors, elected in May, complete their 100th day in office and the monthly
employment figures are published.
Although the employment rate is the highest on record, the analysis of official
statistics shows the scale of the challenge facing City leaders and national
Government to ensure everyone has the opportunity to get a good job.
In total, the analysis shows there are 5.3 million people missing out because of
a 'more and better jobs gap' across the UK's 12 major City Region areas.
The gap is the number of people who are unemployed, underemployed or inactive
because of barriers such as caring or disability, but who would want to work if
jobs were available (the more jobs gap); and workers earning less than the
living wage and those on insecure contracts who would prefer permanent contracts
(the better jobs gap).
The report found:-
► In Manchester and Birmingham, where metro mayors were elected in May, more than
½ a million people are seeking more and better paid work.
► In Birmingham, 356,000 people are either not working, but want to work, or are
working but want more hours.
► In Manchester, 1 in 5 people who are in the workforce; 291,000; are in low pay
or insecure work.
► In Liverpool and Sheffield, ⅖ of the workforce are not, working but
would like to, want more hours, or are trapped in low pay or insecure work. This
amounts to 303,000 people in Liverpool and 391,000 people in Sheffield.
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JRF is calling on City leaders to work with
the Government on devising local industrial strategies that prioritise creating
more and better jobs. The Government's forthcoming report to Parliament on its
progress to full employment should consider the disparities in employment rates
between places and the quality of jobs on offer.
Dave Innes, economist at JRF, said:- "Britain has enjoyed a jobs miracle
and the national picture on jobs is good; more people are in work than ever
before. But these figures show millions of people across our big Cities are
missing out on this success and there is still a long way to go. The
priority for City leaders and the Government is to use the industrial strategy
to create the conditions for more and better jobs, and ensure people who have
been left behind can find work."
Access to medical technology
in Southport and Formby among best in the country
PATIENTS in Southport and Formby have
some of the best access in the country to vital medical treatments such as:-
pacemakers, cataract surgery, and hip and knee replacements, a new study by the
Medical Technology Group has revealed.
The report examined data from all 209 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) from
across England to find out how effective they are at giving patients access to
It found that NHS Southport and Formby CCG was in the top 10 CCG performers when
measured against the NHS 18 week 'referral to treatment' target and the
NHS Atlas of Variation, which measures how patients' access to NHS services
varies across the country.
The report revealed wide regional variation in patient access to medical
technology and a distinct North South divide, with 9 out of the 10 of the
worst performing CCG's located in the South. In cardiology and cardiothoracic
medicine for example:- figures ranged from 100% of patients receiving treatment
within 18 weeks, in North Durham, while Medway CCG failed to hit the target for
½ of its patients.
Patient waiting times are steadily increasing across all CCGs, the MTG study
found. NHS performance reached a peak in late 2012 when nearly 19 out of 20
patients (94.8%) were referred to a consultant within the 18 week timeframe.
However, in April 2017, the figure had declined to 9 out of 10, with almost
3 times more patients (380,000) waiting longer than 18 weeks for treatment
compared with 130,000 in November 2012.
Chair of the MTG, Barbara Harpham, said:- "Delivering high quality
healthcare, no matter where you live, is one of the fundamental principles of
the NHS. But budget cuts and rationing is having a huge impact on the service
patients receive, and the outcome they can expect. This enormous
variation can't simply be explained by the regional differences in populations.
There is an unprecedented strain on the health service and patients are not
being given equal access to the treatment; and most importantly; the technology
they need." The MTG makes seven recommendations to address the issue of regional variation,
including publication of aggregate waiting time figures, so patients can compare
the performance of their local NHS against other regions and inspections of the
worst performing CCGs by NHS England.
Barbara Harpham added:- "Quicker and better access to medical technology
can save the NHS money in the long term, by avoiding complications and
additional treatment and by getting patients out of Hospital and back to work
and into the community. It's time to reassess how medical technology is
commissioned and to call these underperforming health services to account." A copy of the MTG report:- 'The North South NHS divide: how where you
are; not what you need; dictates your care' can be
Liverpool City Council seeks operator
for Croxteth Hall and Park
A Europe wide search has been launched
to find an operator to manage Liverpool's Croxteth Hall and Country Park.
Liverpool City Council has published a tender with the European Journal (OJEU)
to find a partner to manage the historic estate on behalf of the authority.
The tender, which would see the Hall and Liverpool's only country park remain
open to the public, aims to secure new investment, increase activities and
visitor numbers and save the Council ₤1m a year in running costs.
Bids will be overseen by a panel including local stakeholders:- the Friends of Croxteth Park, Croxteth Hall Volunteers and the West Derby Society alongside
Council Officers and elected members.
Liverpool City Council, which has already undertaken a soft marketing exercise
to gauge interest, are looking to undertake a staged procurement process leading
to a winning bidder.
The new contract commencement is currently estimated as
February 2018 with the new operator taking over the management of the estate
from this date.
The estate, which covers just over 500 acres featuring the the Grade II* listed
Hall, Croxteth Home Farm, a Victorian Walled Garden and the Park itself;
Liverpool's largest, had been the stately home of the Molyneux family, the
Earls of Sefton, since 1575, but has been in public ownership since 1972.
The Hall and Country Park, which also accommodates:- an adventure playground,
Shop, aerial rope adventure course, Horse Riding Centre and Cafe, attracts in
excess of 600,000 visits a year and the Council has branched out to create
income by promoting the Hall, as a setting for things like:- weddings, film
exhibitions and concerts.
The tender will not affect a ₤3.5m plan by Myerscough College, who provide
further education to local young people on the site, to create a new Animal and
Equine Centre on the site of the former grounds maintenance depot. Home Farm
will also continue to be operated by the Neighbourhood Services Company (NSC).
Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet Member for neighbourhoods, said:-
"Croxteth Hall and Country Park is a jewel in Liverpool's crown and we need to
get the management of its future absolutely right.
This a very complex estate containing multiple dwellings, covenants and leases
with a whole raft of conditions limiting what can and cannot be done.
Those interested parties who are looking to submit a bid are going to need a lot
of time to understand the inner workings of the estate and what the stakeholders
are looking for to ensure their proposed business plan is workable and
I look forward to working with the stakeholders in Croxteth Park on this process
and we are determined to find a sustainable solution for the estate, and take
care to get it right."
Councillor Peter Mitchell, Mayoral lead for parks, said:- "The
preservation of Croxteth Hall and Park as a public asset, with free public
access, is our number 1 priority and after years of searching for a partner we
are very close to securing a win win situation. The estate has been enjoyed by
millions of people for generations and holds a unique place in the City's heart,
so it is vital we have the voice of the community at our side when we come to
choosing the new stewards of this estate. We've been hugely encouraged by the
interest in the estate and we look forward to assessing exciting plans that will
breathe new life into one of Liverpool's finest crown jewels."
Stephen Guy, West Derby Society chairman, who will sit on the selection panel,
said:- "We hope this initiative can secure the future of Croxteth Hall.
Many parts of this historic building, dating from Tudor to Edwardian times, are
in urgent need of refurbishment. This is Liverpool's own stately home and has
enormous significance in its cultural history.
The Molyneux family were in Liverpool continuously for more than 900 years;
from the Norman Conquest to the 1970's. Hugh Molyneux, 7th and last Earl of
Sefton, left the people of Liverpool a wonderful legacy which we cherish.
The new partner must recognise the special place Croxteth Hall and Country Park
hold in the hearts and minds of our citizens."
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