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Publication date:- 2017-25-11

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Community invited to public meeting to hear about College's plans for Bootle's St Winefride's Roman Catholic Church

HUGH Baird College is inviting members of the local community to an open public meeting to hear about their plans to transform the former St Winefride's Roman Catholic Church in Bootle into a state of the art Health, Engagement and Training Hub complete with Mersey Care Life Rooms. The College appreciate the importance of the site to local people and they are encouraging those with concerns, questions, comments, ideas and feedback to attend to have their say. Present at the meeting will be Project Managers, Architects, College staff and representatives from Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust who are working with the College on the Life Rooms aspect of the project. The meeting takes place at Hugh Baird College's University Centre L20 Building on Stanley Road in Bootle on Thursday, 7 December 2017, at 7pm. Refreshments will be available and all are welcome. Yana Williams, Hugh Baird College Principal and Chief Executive, said:- "The redevelopment of the St Winefride's Roman Catholic Church will bring back to life an important community venue and will provide vital life changing services and welcoming shared spaces. I'd personally like to encourage members of the local community to come along to the meeting so they can have their input on the project and hear about the exciting and positive plans we have."

Metro Mayor sets out City Region asks ahead of Budget

LIVERPOOL City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has set out his key asks from the Chancellor ahead of this week's budget, focussing on the issues that will test the Government's genuine commitment to devolution and economic re-balancing. The City Region's asks to Treasury were submitted back in September, but Steve Rotheram is now anxious to see whether the Government's devolution rhetoric will be matched by actions.  Amongst the Metro Mayor's key priorities are major infrastructure projects including:- rail investment, digital connectivity and tidal energy, housing and homelessness and skills.

The City Region's asks to Treasury for additional infrastructure investment include:- a clear commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail, support for transport improvements within the City Region, enhanced digital connectivity, backing for the region's burgeoning science assets and feasibility spending towards the proposed Mersey Tidal Energy project.

Steve Rotheram said:- "We are still facing a situation where for every ₤1 spent on infrastructure in the North, ₤6 is spent in London and the South East. This is not just about fairness, it's about recognising that rail connectivity, a modern and efficient transport system, state of the art digital connectivity and exploiting our renewable energy and science assets are absolutely fundamental to our economic future. Government needs to start thinking about our regions in a more entrepreneurial way. If you want to improve productivity, and re-balance our economy, then you have to invest in the things that are going to drive and accelerate growth."

The City Region has asked for additional devolved powers and resources for housing where it believes it could make a massive difference locally, and really get to grips with the shortage of affordable accommodation and the scandal of homelessness.

The key housing asks are:-

► The creation of a devolved Housing Investment Fund to the City Region to allow money spent by Government and the Homes and Communities Agency in the region to be targeted to where it is most needed.

► A collaboration with Government to pioneer a radical Housing First model to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

► A Stamp Duty Holiday to allow the City Region to create a fund to remediate uneconomic brown field land and boost house building in urban neighbourhoods.

Steve Rotheram said:- "This is a real no brainer and an obvious area where modest additional resources, financial flexibility and a real commitment to devolution would give us the tools to tackle 1 of our biggest policy priorities. It is obviously an area where local people know best, and local decision making can deliver a great deal more."

In addition to his asks on infrastructure and housing, the Metro Mayor is calling for greater flexibility on skills expenditure including local control over the underspend on the national apprenticeship levy.  Steve Rotheram said:- "Allowing us to spend money paid by businesses from the City Region, within the City Region is both logical and efficient. It's such a small ask, and for that reason it really does provide a measure of the Government's willingness to relax the Whitehall knows best mantra."

47% of Graduates in the North West Acknowledge They're No Better Off Having Studied

MUCH of the region's graduates have not benefited from or used their degree in the world of work. New research conducted by Able Skills, surveyed graduates across the region and found that many had regrets. 47% feel they could be in the same position without a degree whilst 20% said their degree was a waste of time. 28% of those surveyed in the area believe they could be earning more if they started working straight from school and 17% wish they didn't go to university at all. Perhaps because they are not using their degrees, 34% of North West graduates have never used their qualification at work. But this doesn't look set to change, 72% of employed graduates in the North West have no plans to move jobs to make use of their studies.

The study also revealed the top 10 most useless degrees, as voted for by employed graduates in the North West:-

► Film Studies.
► Art History.
► Fine Arts.
► Fashion.
► Media Studies.
► Drama.
► Philosophy.
► Sports Management.
► Advertising.
► PR and Communications.

Gary Measures, Managing Director of Able Skills says:- "The education, education, education boom in the 90's has had a knock on effect. Many graduates seem to have taken this on board without seriously considering what they wanted to do post study. Evidently, further education is not the best career route for everyone and is such an investment that young people seriously need to consider their skill set and future before taking on such a commitment of their time and money. More needs to be done to educate young people on the other options available to prevent another generation making the same mistakes when they could be earning and on a career ladder."

A lack of planning could be the problem as 48% didn't know what they wanted to do with their degree after studying, or ended up doing something else entirely.  Able Skills offer construction training courses in:- electrical, plumbing, gas, plastering, carpentry, tiling, decorating and bricklaying. To learn more about Able Skills training or courses please visit:- AbleSkills.Co.UK.

Digital economy; new paper a useful contribution to reform debate

TAX advisers have welcomed the Treasury's 'Position Paper' consulting on ways of modernising the international Tax system to Tax the 'digital economy' more effectively.  Glyn Fullelove, Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, commented:- "Governments continue to struggle to reconcile the perception from their citizens that 'internet giants' have a significant 'footprint' in economies where they have a lot of sales but relatively little other presence, with an international corporate Tax system that Taxes value creation, and attributes little if anything of that to sales activity."

The CIOT welcomes the Government's statement in the Position Paper that the UK remains committed to the principle of Taxation where value is created. It is realistic and sensible to try to sustain the internationally negotiated and agreed basis for allocating Taxing rights between countries. But the Institute recognises that further work is needed internationally on modernising this framework, and the Position Paper represents a useful contribution to this process. The Chancellor announced in his Budget statement that the UK will in any event proceed with one unilateral measure, a withholding Tax on intellectual property ('IP') royalty element of payments for digital services provided to the UK from abroad, where the IP is held in a low Tax jurisdiction. The CIOT notes that the revenue forecasts from this measure contain a cautionary message about the effectiveness of unilateral measures without broader international agreement. It is expected to raise ₤285m in its first year, declining to ₤130m, in 2022 to 2023, its 4th year of operation, in part because the affected multinationals can be expected to adjust their structure and behaviours to mitigate the effect of the Tax

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