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People across North West urged to take part in Big Swim Day

PEOPLE across the North West are being urged to show their support for community swimming pools by joining in Big Swim Day. The event, being held on:- Friday, 24 February 2023, aims to demonstrate the level of local public support for swimming pools and other public leisure and cultural facilities, at a time of unprecedented pressure. And they are being urged to do so by...


Dunelm Sefton to help locals use their skills and spare time to generate extra income to combat cost of living crisis

AS the cost of living crisis continues to impact many across the North West, Dunelm, the UK's leading homewares retailer, is hosting a free workshop at its Sefton store to show local customers how they can put their handy...

Beales department store in Southport reveals exciting plans to transform 1st floor

BEALES Department Store, on Lord Street, Southport, has revealed exciting plans to transform the 1st floor of the building into a brand new outlet centre with huge savings for shoppers. The new venture will enjoy its official opening on:- Thursday, 16 March 2023. Customers will be able to enjoy up to 80% off across a range of women's...

PCC Emily Spurrell and Chief Constable Serena Kennedy.

Police Commissioner invites public to attend special budget meeting

MERSEYSIDE Police's Commissioner and Chief Constable will host a special public meeting next week at which the Police's budget will be set for the year ahead. Balancing Merseyside Police's budget is one of the Police Commissioner, Emily Spurrell's most critical roles. She sets and approves the budget...

"ALWAYS trust your instincts" - Train conductor's message to colleagues and customers following intervention that helped return missing vulnerable children to their homes

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Mayor Steve Rotheram launches £2million scheme to support hardest hit through cost of living crisis

A £2m support scheme has been launched by Mayor Steve Rotheram to help the Liverpool City Region's most vulnerable residents withstand the cost of living crisis. The Combined Authority (CA) has joined forces with The Women's Organisation and Citizens...

New Comedy Bingo Spring Socials are launching at Southport Market as a way for people to have fun and form new friendships

THE events have been created by Southport Festival and Big Comedy UK Director Brendan Riley as a way of bringing people together and tackling isolation during these cold months. The Spring Socials will begin on:- Wednesday, 1 March 2023, with the initial 3 being made possible thanks...

New Brighton Exhibition Showcases Powerful Art From Vulnerable People

A New Brighton art exhibition is showcasing some powerful pieces of art from vulnerable people who have suffered from homelessness and addiction. We've Got HeART is being hosted at:- Oakland Gallery, on Victoria Road, New Brighton, until Wednesday, 8 March 2023, by Merseyside Police in collaboration with Rockpoint...

The Southport Comedy Festival in association with Halliwell Jones BMW has announced the 1st big name to performing this year at the Festival!

THE King of the Southport Comedy Festival and 'Outright King of Comedy' Jason Byrne returns for a 9th year with a brand new show:- 'The Ironic..'


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Northern pre-empts season ticket 'scam' akin to 'Netflix password sharing'

NORTHERN has made it more difficult for fraudsters to cheat ticket checks on its trains in a scam the train operator says would have been akin to:- 'Netflix password sharing.' By introducing new Barcode Season Tickets, which 'live' within the Northern app and...

Barnardo's to help improve children's physical and mental health through launch of new Collaborative

CHESHIRE and Merseyside's Integrated Care System (ICS) has joined a Collaborative with the UK's largest children's charity, Barnardo's, and the UCL Institute of Health Equity (IHE) to improve the health of children and young people in the area and ensure they...

Eurovision recruitment fair to showcase Liverpool City Region tourism and hospitality jobs

A special Eurovision recruitment fair will showcase job opportunities and careers in Liverpool City Region’s £5bn visitor economy. Around 45 employers will highlight a wide range of jobs at the 1 March 2023 event at ACC Liverpool...

Gritty Crime Play 'Warnock' is heading to Liverpool's Hope Street Theater

THIS March City Theatre presents the gritty play Warnock at the Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool. Set in a youth detention centre for girls this will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Directed by Becky Moreland, with assistance...


A new BBC Quiz Show is looking for you!

THE Casting Assistant Producer at Triple Brew Media, which is part of Objective Media Group Scotland has contacted us about a new BBC1 Saturday night gameshow. The team behind it, Triple Brew Media, are currently looking for fun, confident teams of 2. The format will see 3 teams of 2 compete for a chance to win...

Maghull Ladies & Girls FC u10s won their league for 3rd time

CONGRATULATIONS to Maghull girls u10blues, who have recently won the winter league at Hightown. This is not the 1st time they have taken the trophy, in fact this has been the 3rd time they have won it! Trish who is the Team’s Manager said:- “They are a fantastic group of girls who come from different parts..."

CIOT calls for equal tax treatment of employee benefits

TAX exemptions should apply equally to employees where the cost of benefits such as flu jabs is reimbursed by their employer as where their employer provides it directly, says the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). Under current rules, a range of:- "benefits in kind," are exempt from tax on the employee if they are paid for directly by employers, or via a voucher scheme arranged by the employer. However, if the same benefits are paid for by an employee and later reimbursed by their employer...

Drugs death challenge for Cheshire and Merseyside innovators

INNOVATIVE healthcare companies in Cheshire and Merseyside can bid for a slice of a £5m fund to help prevent fatal drug overdoses. The Reducing Drug Deaths Innovation Challenge focuses on innovative interventions to prevent drug-related deaths. The Addiction Healthcare Mission, led by the UK Government Office for Life Sciences and the Scottish Health Industry Partnership, is funding the challenge. The challenge consists of 2 Small Business Research Initiative...


A Southport man has been sentenced for anti-Semitic abuse at a bar in Southport Town Centre

IN In the Court, 68 year old, Edward Ossian, who is from Southport, admitted racially and religiously aggravated harassment, and has been has been handed a 12 week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months. Ossian has been ordered to complete 20 days of rehabilitation activity...

Green maritime tech of the future to become reality thanks to £60m boost

THE UK's race to decarbonise the maritime sector has been given another vital boost, with £60 million in Government funding distributed to innovative companies nationwide developing futuristic green technology. For the 1st time, the UK Government is funding the development of new clean..

More than 19,000 victims offered support as Victim Care Merseyside hub marks 3 month anniversary

MORE than 19,000 victims of crime have been offered specialist advice and support from the Victim Care Merseyside hub since it was launched by the Region's Police Commissioner, on Friday, 17 February 2023. Of those, more than 2,650 have taken up the offer of support...

52,710 families in the North West saved on childcare costs with Tax Free Childcare

MORE than 52,500 families in the North West saved on childcare costs in December thanks to Tax-Free Childcare and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging those yet to sign up not to miss out.  The latest figures revealed by HMRC show an increase of 9,840 families in the North West using the scheme....


76% of employers think that the sides involved in strike action should seek mediation from Acas

A new survey has found that 76% of employers think that the various sides involved in strike action should seek mediation from Acas to resolve their dispute. Acas offers a free service called collective conciliation that can mediate between employers and trade unions to help resolve...

Over £82 million to boost drug and alcohol treatment and recovery in the North West

LOCAL Authorities across the North West will benefit from over £82m Government funding through to 2025 to improve drug and alcohol addiction treatment and recovery, the Government announced today (16 February 2023). The funding will enable Local Authorities to recruit...

Expand free School meals to save nearly £500 per pupil for under pressure families

ALMOST a quarter of a million children are missing out on free School meals worth nearly £500 per child due to the lack of an automated sign-up system, Councils warn recently. This is money which under pressure families could otherwise be spending on other essentials, amidst...

Expand free School meals to save nearly £500 per pupil for under pressure families

ALMOST a quarter of a million children are missing out on free School meals worth nearly £500 per child due to the lack of an automated sign-up system, Councils warn recently. This is money which under pressure families could otherwise be spending on other essentials, amidst....


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