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2022-07-02

 
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SSAFA leads Southport's Armed Forces Day 2022

ON Sunday, 26 June 2022, veterans and cadets took part in a parade organised by the Merseyside branch of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, with friendly faces and enthusiastic lining the route in Southport. The day long event began with a drumhead service led by SSAFA volunteers David McGregor and Royston Smith Straney from Sefton, at which the branch's standard took pride of place. The proceedings where conducted by Father Tom Carpenter outside the Atkinson and the Town Hall, within the Princess...

 

Top tips for a pawfect day with your poochn

WITH dog ownership at an all time high, research has revealed 72% of dog parents in Southport admit to curtailing days out and feelings of guilt leaving their furry friends behind. The research by rail operator Northern reveals 1 of the top things people in Southport are keen to do more of is getting out and exploring new places, with City trips...

Dennis the Dachsund enjoys celebrity status as he wheels his way around Southport

MEET Dennis the Dachsund; Southport's:- "friendliest and bravest" new celebrity dog who you may well have spotted wheeling himself around the resort!  Dennis uses his wheels to allow him to get out and about, after suffering from a painful condition which sometimes affects dachshunds, but his...

UCLan Lecturer named PhD Supervisor of the Year

A Lecturer from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has won a national award in recognition of the outstanding support he provides for his students. Senior Lecturer Dr Clive Palmer has been named PhD Supervisor of the Year at the annual:- 'Find A...'

Formby's bollards get a Viking make over

AFTER a 1150 odd year absence, Forni has returned with his wife, Freya, and some other members of his clan... This work, to paint 5 random bollards around the Village Center, was completed by the artist Brigitte. This commission by Imagine Formby, is part of a larger project to bring colour and life back to the Village. Please do pop on down to...

 

Winner winner, weekday dinner at Morrisons

MORRISONS are introducing a:- 'meal of the day' for under a fiver to its cafés nationwide. Every weekday from 3pm, a:- 'Daily Special' will be discounted, offering a saving of up to £3.89 on the individual product price. The meal on offer will rotate each day and customers can choose from British roast chicken served with chips and coleslaw, a hearty chicken tikka masala, a 9 piece breakfast brunch, a...

North West Coast Research and Innovation Award winners

HEALTH researchers and innovators from around Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria were celebrated at an NHS awards event. The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards recognised outstanding work to improve...

Tesco makes it even easier for Merseyside shoppers to help local food banks and charities

TESCO is making it easier than ever for shoppers in Merseyside to give a helping hand to food banks and charities feeding people in their local community. The Tesco Food Collection is taking place in every large Tesco...

'Wok star' Dave Critchley joins top chefs at Southport Flower Show

TV Chef Dave Critchley is to appear at Southport Flower Show to show off the talents which have made him a:- 'wok star' of modern cuisine. Dave...

 

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Inflation pressures risk emergency budget cuts to key local services

RISING energy prices and spiralling inflation are forcing Councils to rip up financial plans set just 3 months ago with the potential of emergency funding cuts to local services to meet their legal duty to balance the books this year.  As more than 1,600 local Government leaders...

Flyposting circus promoter in another fine mess

AN event company that was fined earlier this year for illegally promoting a circus in Liverpool, has been prosecuted again! Just 2 weeks after being ordered to pay £1,500 in January, Exchange Events Ltd was again charged with illegally promoting Gandeys travelling circus. The...

New chair announced for Maternity Voices Partnership in Sefton and Ormskirk

NEW and soon to be parents and carers have a new champion to give their views and experiences of Maternity Services to for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Abi Cattlin, 30, from Southport has been appointed as chair of the Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) in...

riumphant return to live programme for Prescot Festival

1700 people flocked to concerts at the 1st fully live Prescot Festival in 3 years, equalling 2019's record attendance. Taking place mostly in and around the historic church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin Knowsley's only Grade I listed building, dating to 1610 the 10 day programme featured an estimated 350 musicians, opening on Friday...

 

Early bird discount extended for Landlord Licensing scheme

AN 'early bird' discount offer for the owners of privately rented properties to sign up for the City's new Landlord Licensing scheme has been extended until 31 July 2022. Landlords signing up before...

Results of Liverpool City Council governance consultation have been published

THE results of a consultation on how Liverpool should be governed from 2023 have been published. The option that received the most votes from residents was the Mayoral model.  In March, Liverpool City Council launched a 3 month consultation asking...

Specialist nurse named as Cheshire Woman of the Year at NSPCC fundraising event

THE winner of this year's Cheshire Woman Of The Year award was announced at a luxury awards lunch...

Campaigners say:- "20,000 voices cannot be ignored!"

"ENOUGH is enough." These are the words etched onto paper by over 20,000 people in an open letter, published by Target Ovarian Cancer, urging the Government to take action on the ovarian cancer awareness crisis; a disease which kills 11 women every day. Target Ovarian Cancer campaigners marched to...

 

Urgent warning after spate of electric bike and scooter fires

A Merseyside family was lucky to escape with their lives when an electric bike caught fire in the front room of their Huyton home last week, in the 1 of the most recent serious incidents attended by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) involving electric bike and scooter batteries. MFRS has issued an urgent warning...

SSAFA shows continued support for UK military at Liverpool Armed Forces Day Parade

UNDER fine skies on Armed Forces Day was held on 25 June 2022, veterans and cadets were greeted by with friendly faces and enthusiastic cheering in Liverpool. Representatives of the Merseyside Branch of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity were also present. To rousing tunes played by the Band of the...

UCLan ranked 3rd in UK for mental health support

THE University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been ranked 3rd in the UK for the mental health support it gives to students. In the 1st ever University Mental Health League Table, published today (29 June) by HUMEN, UCLan was placed in the top 3 after a survey of more than 7,200 students across 80 Universities. In addition, UCLan came top for the...

Meditate on this - Northern launches commuter perks

WITH the average local commute time in Southport over 32 minutes; equating to up to 11 whole days over the course of a year, rail operator Northern has launched a:- 'Perk Up Your Commute' scheme to help its users...

 

"Taking your dog to work shouldn’t be a novelty, it can be a long term arrangement for some businesses," says Dogs Trust

AFTER the enthusiastic response to national:- ‘Bring Your Dog To Work Day,’ Dogs Trust, the UK’s biggest canine charity, urges UK businesses to consider the possibilities of allowing staff to bring their dogs to work.  43% of the respondents to a poll carried out on Dogs Trust’s social media last week had taken their dog into work to mark the day. Of these, 87% said it was a great experience.  Katharine Creagh, Canine Behaviour Officer at Dogs Trust, has...

Patients in the North West are the most affected by longer than expected A&E delays, new research shows

BEEN Let Down, the medical negligence team at Bond Turner, analysed latest A&E performance statistics for 111 NHS Trusts to determine which areas of the country have been most affected by delays, and how the situation has changed over the past month. Over 99% of NHS Trusts in England aren't hitting the NHS operational standard for A&E waiting times, with patients in the North West most affected by longer-than-expected delays, according to analysis of NHS England data by the Been Let...

Mentor sessions to inspire Lancashire's next engineers

STUDENTS in West Lancashire are being inspired to become the county's next generation of top engineers, mathematicians and scientists. Pupils at Schools and Colleges across Lancashire, including:- at Lathom High School, St Bedes and West Lancashire College have been taking part in a mentoring programme with some of the Region's leading STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) employers to encourage students to think about a career in the industry once they leave School. The sessions, funded by Future...

Knowsley MP Sir George Howarth launches new local Skills Centre supporting young people into construction careers

KNOWSLEY MP Sir George Howarth joined ForHousing at the launch of a trailblazing scheme designed to open up construction career pathways for young people who are finding mainstream School difficult. Based in Stockbridge Village, Knowsley's new Skills Centre has been launched as part of ForHousing's School Links project. The landlord has teamed up with local Schools including:- Meadow Park School, Kassia Academy and...

 

Pre-recorded evidence for rape victims rolled out to more North West Courts

MORE victims of rape and sexual violence will be spared the stress of being cross examined in Court under a scheme rolled out to a further 10 Crown Courts. The measure, which has already been successfully introduced in 37 Crown Courts, allows victims and witnesses of crimes such as rape and modern slavery to have their cross examination video recorded and played later during trial. This is subject to a successful application to the Court. The recording takes place as close to the time of the offence as...

Digital revolution to bust COVID backlogs and deliver more tailored care for patients

PEOPLE across the country will benefit from faster, more personalised healthcare, following a digital revolution to make the health and social care system fit for the 21st century. The Plan for Digital Health and Social Care, was published on Wednesday, 29 June 2022, sets out the Government's ambitious vision for transforming health and care with digital technology; which give patients access to quicker and more effective care at their fingertips and will save the health and care...

Sharp rise in children with special needs approaching Councils for support

THE number of children in England approaching Councils for special needs support has increased by almost a quarter in a year, latest figures reveal, with 170 young people now starting support plans each day. This comes as the Government is currently consulting over its proposed special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms that it set out earlier this year. Education and Council leaders are gathering at the Local Government Association's Annual Conference in Harrogate to discuss the...

Interventions Alliance thanks volunteers helping to stop re-offending and keeping communities safe

A year on from when the Government renationalised its offender management and all associated rehabilitation work, returning it to the Probation Service, Interventions Alliance is celebrating its 1st year of service. Interventions Alliance was launched by the Seetec Group, after it had quickly identified the gaps in support that the unification of the service would bring, after it had successfully managed Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) across the South East and South West...

 

£1 billion technology investment to bring railway into 21st century

MORE than £1 billion of Government funding will be used to replace outdated Victorian infrastructure with cutting edge digital signalling technology. of the nation's population live within 20 minutes of a Station on the East Coast Main Line and, together, produce more than 40% of the UK's GDP, making it 1 of the UK's busiest rail routes while also playing a vital role in the prosperity of the nation's economy. The technology, which will be rolled out across the entire southern section of the line...

DWP agrees to remove Chinese surveillance cameras from Department buildingsr

THE Department for Work and Pensions has agreed to remove Chinese state owned surveillance cameras from its Department buildings following calls from rights groups who warned that the cameras are the same as those overseeing serious human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Big Brother Watch sent a letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Therese Coffey, co-signed by Stop Uyghur Genocide, Free Tibet, Hong Kong Watch and Arise, expressing concern that Hikvision cameras were in...

Not enough money for adult social care reforms, say 98% of Councils in LGA survey

ALMOST all Councils (98%) responding to a Local Government Association survey on the Government's adult social care reform agenda say they do not have confidence that the funding earmarked for the reforms is sufficient. Concerns have grown among Councils in recent months that the Government's adult social care charging reforms are potentially hugely underfunded, which will risk their implementation as well as exacerbating existing...

Letter to the editor:- "Patients with coeliac disease deserve better"

"WITH great sadness and frustration, I read recently about an inquest into the death of an 80 year old with coeliac disease who was fed cereal containing gluten in Hospital. The patient fell ill within hours and started to vomit. She died 4 days later from aspiration pneumonia. As someone with coeliac disease myself, it is upsetting to realise that even among medical professionals there is such a lack of understanding of this serious autoimmune disease. 1 in 100 people have coeliac disease, and there is no cure. The only..."

 

Government launches review into short term tourist accommodation

A review into the effect of short term holiday lets will seek to improve the holiday letting market for those living in popular tourism destinations. The scheme, proposed in a new Government review looking at the impact of increases in short-term and holiday lets in England, could involve physical checks of premises to ensure regulations in areas including:- health and safety, noise and anti social behaviour are obeyed. Further measures the Government is...

7 in 10 Councillors have experienced abuse and intimidation in the last year - LGA survey

7 in 10 Councillors reported experiencing abuse and intimidation within the last 12 months, with 1 in 10 experiencing abuse frequently, a new Local Government Association (LGA) Councillor Census has just revealed.  Responses to the Local Government Association's call for evidence of abuse and intimidation have also indicated that many Councillors believe abuse...

Best of Liverpool City Region's Housing 1st programme taught to teams tackling chronic homelessness across Europe

LIVERPOOL City Region's radical programme to tackle chronic homelessness is being showcased in Europe. Housing 1st Best Practice Lead Amanda Bloxsome was in Bologna, Italy, last week to share the best of the City Region's programme with teams from across Europe. Successful methods used in the City Region will now be implemented in Housing 1st...

Steve Rotheram announces £15.5m investment to create 900 jobs on former Halewood International Huyton HQ site

STEVE Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, has announced a £15.5m loan expected to create nearly 1,000 jobs and enable the transformation of the former Halewood International HQ in Huyton. Under the plan, Network Space, who acquired the 44,000 square metre Sovereign Distillery site when Halewood International closed its Huyton HQ in August...

 

 Sci-Tech Daresbury 1st to sign up to LCR Connect for future proof connectivity

SCI-Tech Daresbury has become the 1st location in the Liverpool City Region to install LCR Connect full fibre, doubling capacity and future proofing connectivity for more than 150 world leading science and technology businesses based on the campus. Launched last year by Liverpool City Region Mayor...

Vegan? There's been a mis-steak!

MEDIUM rare has been named the UK's most popular way of cooking steak, as 28% of Brits opt for their steak a little pink. However, despite being 1 of the most likely generations to opt for a vegetarian or vegan diet, 27% of Gen Z prefer their steak cooked rare, while 20% enjoy blue steak. The study, conducted by leading UK grill specialists Greene King Pub and Grill, investigated the...

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