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Edition No. 107

Date:- 12 July 2003

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DJ Juniors go Ga-ga 4
Culture
 

HUNDREDS of budding DJ's went radio ga-ga at an awards ceremony earlier this week to celebrate the achievements of a project. 

Pupils in more than 20 secondary schools across Liverpool were rewarded for taking part in a radio project that asked them to pen a bulletin on why the city deserved to be European Capital of Culture in 2008.

But the project itself also shared the rewards. Having received a £5,000 grant from the Liverpool Culture Company as part of Liverpool's Year of Learning, it is now set to go Merseyside-wide from this September.

The 'Interactive Radio for Schools' project created by The Ariel Trust has won a grant from the Merseyside Schools Learning Council to help young people develop literacy skills as part of the National Curriculum.

Sue Woodward, Liverpool's Creative Director, said:- ''This project highlights how working with the private sector we can use creative formats to broaden the education of Liverpool children and engage them in our culture. The fact that this project is going Merseyside-wide is one of the first tangible successes in our aim to create a legacy from the culture bid that will go way beyond 2008.''

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CITY COUNCIL LAUNCHES ONLINE PAYMENTS SCHEME

LIVERPOOL City Council is taking the complication out of council tax, the pain out of parking fines and the headache out of housing rents!

A brand new on-line payment service introduced on July 10 means a range of payment services for all council services are now just the click of a mouse away to make life simpler for us all.

Simply by logging on to the council's internet site and following the on-screen instructions, Liverpool people can now make payments from their own homes, or from one of the 230 computers at libraries across the city. 

It is giving people much more freedom about how and when they make payments, and is a real boost for people who find it difficult to get to their local one stop shop or wish to avoid travel into the city centre. 

City Council Chief Executive, David Henshaw, said:- "The new on-line payments service means we are offering even more ways to access council services, make payments, and get information.

It's all about using new technology to give people more choice. Customers can now either contact our call-centre, Liverpool Direct, visit one of the city's one stop shops, or log on to our on-line service. It's the next stage of our drive to deliver all possible services electronically, making life easier for local people and businesses."


The city council's executive member for resources, Councillor Chris Curry, said, "I'm delighted that our on-line payments service is up-and-running. It will help bring council services even closer to our customers.

Thousands of Liverpool people now have access to a computer, at home, or through their local library, and we are offering a convenient, accessible service, which will allow them to pay their council tax, or a fine, or rent, at a location and time that suits them."


Through the new system, the city council hopes to save thousands of pounds, banish paperwork to the bin, and reduce bureaucracy. The on-line service means, for the first time, people throughout Liverpool can make a range of council payments from their desktop.

Report with thanks to Liverpool City Council.

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