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Publication date:- 2017-14-10

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Lancashire Care has been shortlisted for the Excellence in Diversity Awards!

LANCASHIRE Care NHS Foundation Trust's Equality and Diversity lead has been shortlisted for the Head of Diversity and Inclusions Award, at 1 of the UK's most anticipated diversity awards.

Emma Allen, Equality and Diversity Lead has successfully been shortlisted for the 'Head of Diversity and Inclusion' at this year's Excellence in Diversity Awards, for her work in showing leadership, commitment and motivation and driving the diversity agenda throughout an organisation and the wider community. Emma is 1 of 5 people shortlisted, recognised for their hard work, passion and devotion to the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda through the promotion of all strands of diversity including:- age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, faith, religion and culture.

This year's Excellence in Diversity Awards will recognise and celebrate all of those who put diversity at the heart of everything they do and go above and beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of others in their communities and workplaces around them and will include a host of performances, inspirational stories and special guests.

Emma Allen, Equality and Diversity lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:- "I am so proud to be shortlisted for this award, especially because I absolutely love my job! Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to diversity and inclusion and I am enthusiastically supported by our Board, our Equality and Diversity Champions all over the organisation, and Jo Harrison who works alongside me. It's a privilege to have our work recognised by Excellence in Diversity and we are really looking forward to meeting and learning from fellow shortlisted nominees."

Paul Sesay, Chief Executive of the Excellence in Diversity Awards said:- "In difficult and challenging times, using the talent of a diverse workforce is more important than ever. Considering the diversity of your workforce and fostering an inclusive working environment can bring business benefits and provide a market advantage. The Excellence in Diversity Awards continue to be an exceptional way to celebrate the courageous actions of individuals and organisations, who are already striving for inclusion. Let's celebrate the tremendous feats of our incredible shortlisted nominees. Congratulations to all!"

To view the full list of shortlisted nominees, please visit the Excellence in Diversity Awards' website.  The winners will be announced the prestigious black tie ceremony at The Midland Hotel, Manchester, on 30 November 2017.


Council tackles environmental concerns over cockling

WIRRAL Council is working with partners from a number of organisations to address concerns about the impact of shellfish harvesting off the coast around Leasowe Bay. Licensed harvesting at Leasowe has been permitted since the start of September after it was found that cockles were of sufficient size and supply in that location to open the cockle beds up to commercial gathering. The activities are regulated by the North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) which works in co-operation with the local authority, Natural England and the Food Standards Agency to manage the harvesting activity. The Council has provided dedicated vehicle parking, bins and toilet facilities at a cost to the industry in an effort to ensure the activity doesn't impact negatively on the local environment and on residents and visitors. However, the arrangements are currently being reviewed as local people have expressed concerns over littering and other anti social activities taking place close to the harvesting areas.

Cllr Phillip Brightmore, Cabinet member for Environment, said:- "The people gathering shellfish off the coast at Leasowe have a legal right to be there, they are professionals and fully licensed by NWIFCA to operate. However, they also have a responsibility to be considerate to others; local residents, visitors and wildlife; as they go about their business and while the Council has put measures in place to assist them, we have receiving reports that give us cause for concern. With that in mind, we are re-engaging with our partners to remind the licensed gatherers of their responsibilities and we will seek to take enforcement action if littering or other issues continue around this location."

The harvesting season is open while viable stock is sufficiently plentiful or until April 30 2018, whichever comes soonest. The numbers of people permitted to work on the cockle beds is strictly controlled by NWIFCA and they are restricted as to how they carry out the harvesting; by hand only; and over how they access the beach. In addition to this, the industry has also agreed to take steps to reduce noise levels, particularly during the night time.

Cllr Brightmore added:- "We take the concerns raised seriously and while we have already put measures in place to help minimise the impact on local people and the local environment, it is right that we continue to monitor activities and take action where necessary.  If anyone commits environmental crime whilst in the borough they will be subject to fixed penalty notices and the costs associated with cleaning up after them recovered. Wirral Council will not tolerate environmental crime."

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