finding has lead to a Warning being issued over electrical
safety concerns over hot tubs
WITH hot tub
sales booming across the UK amid heat wave temperatures, NICEIC
has been quick to point out the associated electrical dangers
with attempting to install home hot tubs and spas without
enlisting the support of a professional, registered electrician
contractor. Unsurprisingly, amid record high temperatures,
figures have shown, that with much of the British public now
resigned to a summer at home, many are splashing out on a hot
tub as a relaxing addition to their garden during the
Coronavirus pandemic. In fact, by as early as June sales of hot
tubs were up 490% according to eBay and almost every style was
sold out at Argos. However, with electricians now being able to
enter peopleís homes for electrical work, NICEIC has been quick
to advise the UKís hot tub enthusiasts to make sure this
equipment is installed safely and correctly by a qualified,
registered electrician contractor.
Paul Collins, Technical Services Manager at NICEIC comments:-
"Given the recent spates of warm weather, itís no surprise that
a record number of Britons; many of whom have been homebound for
months; are trying to get their hands on a hot tub. Although
many of these items can be purchased with a 13 Amp plug, it may
not be as simple as plug-and-play. It is very important to
understand if the installation you are planning to plug your new
hot tub in to is fit for purpose. There is a number of outside
socket outlets available, however, not all of them will remain
water resistant with the plug in place. Having this ability is
really important if itís planned to leave the hot tub in-situ
and switched on for long periods of time. If you are considering
going for a plug-in option you should consider having a
registered electrical contractor check your electrics before you
purchase to make sure you have an appropriate socket and the
additional safety features such as a Residual Current Device (RCD).
RCDís have the ability to switch off the electric within
milliseconds if a fault is detected. These devices can save
life. If you are looking for a more permanent solution you will
need to have an electrician review your current electrics to see
if fitting a new hot tub is possible. You may need to spend
additional money upgrading your existing electrics before you
can enjoy your new purchase. Itís really important to use a
registered electrical contractor for this type of work as the
Building Regulations may require the works to be notified to the
local building control body."
Using a registered electrician contractor such as those with
NICEIC ensures carrying out electrical work is done safely and
to the required standard. You can search for a registered
electrical contractor in your area by visiting:-
Tarleton and Hesketh Bank VJ
Day Anniversary Community Convoy hs been cancelled
THE Tarleton and Hesketh Bank
Community have announced that they will be holding a 75th VJ Day
Anniversary event was hoped to take place on 15 August 2020, but
has been cancelled today by Lancashire County Council. The
organises have posted the following message:- "Please take
notice that Lancashire County Council ("the Authority"), in
exercise of the powers conferred by regulation 5(1) of the
Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3)
Regulations 2020 ("he No. 3 Regulations"), has given the
a) That the Tarleton and Hesketh Bank Community Convoy Group's
Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the VJ Day Convoy
scheduled to take place on 15 August 2020 is prohibited from
taking place at all.
b) That no VJ Day Convoy vehicles may gather or parade along the
designated route for the intended Celebration at all.
c) That the organiser must advertise the cancellation of the
event through the same social media platform on which he
advertised the same.
d) The organiser must use his best endeavours to notify
attendees to the event in any other way that the event has also
been advertised, such as other social media platforms or via
direct contact with intended attendees.
This Direction is made in respect of The Tarleton and Hesketh
Bank Community Convoy Group's Celebration of the 75th
Anniversary of VJ Day Convoy.
This Direction is effective immediately. Therefore the event
must not take place as planned on the 15 August 2020 at 4pm or
any time prior to that time. The only action required to be put
into effect is the cancellation of the event. It shall be
reviewed every 7 days in accordance Regulation 2(2)(b) of the
No. 3 Regulations.
Please take actions to ensure the Direction is complied with
Trading Standards Manager
Lancashire County Council, 4th Floor, Lancashire Point, Preston,
North West water firm, United
Utilities, is taking on 120 new staff as part of a summer
THE company has
recruited 100 new customer agents and is now on the hunt for 20
people with unique digital skills to join its digital services
team. During June, July and August 2020, the firm has been
working with recruitment partner, Rullion, to interview and
recruit more than 100 new customer service personnel for its
teams based in Lingley Mere, Warrington and Whitehaven, Cumbria.
A socially distanced and virtual selection process was used and
included an application and CV pre-screen, a competency based
telephone interview, online tests to include numeracy, literacy
and call handling and finally a telephone or video interview
with a customer services manager.
Tracy Hands, Rullion client services manager for United
Utilities, commented:- "It was already clear that the
pandemic has resulted in a lot of people sadly losing their
jobs, but the volume of applications weíve received for these
roles is unprecedented. We started recruiting in June and
received more than 1600 enquiries. In the first week alone we
took more than 600 phone calls and answered over 1000 emails.
The response has meant we had to ensure we carried out a fair
and robust selection process at a supersonic pace."
People from the travel, hospitality, arts and culture sectors;
even some budding actors; have taken on a new challenge and
joined United Utilitiesí customer services team. The company is
also advertising for 20 new digital professionals with a unique
set of skills to join its recently restructured digital team.
United Utilitiesí Digital Services and Central Operations
Director, Simon Chadwick, commented:- "We're not the old
fashioned infrastructure business you may have thought we were,
weíre a FSTE 100 business thatís powered by technology. From the
sensors that sit in our pipes collecting over a million signals
a year, to connecting our 5000 employees with our customers;
we're a digital organisation with an industrial past. The people
who join us need to want to make a positive change in the world
through technology. We want a diverse range of people who arenít
afraid to disrupt us. Of course, there are certain technical
skills weíre looking for, but more than anything we want
business leaders who make change happen."
Further details of the digital services vacancies can be found
Letter to Editor:- "Take
time to talk and listen."
"I'M a woman on a
mission to use my past (shiny corporate girl to homeless and
suicidal) to help others in this particularly challenging and
uncertain time as we zig-zag our way towards seemingly bleak
future in the UK. Today marks the anniversary of my becoming
homeless and I note the date each year, not for sympathy or any
such maudlin reason, but simply to celebrate progress. It's a
time where I was hopeless, worthless, a burden to others and
ready to take my own life. Thankfully I never slept on the
street. A patchwork combination of a sofa here, a spare bed
there, a caravan on someone's drive even; just me, my dog and my
laptop; and thankfully an amazing bunch of folks who were truly
my 'social scaffold' and propped me up until I could sort myself
out. The 'former matrimonial home' had been sold and funds
blocked by 'the other party' leaving me in a desperate situation
and in a very bad place. The domestic abuse, psychological
torture, and absolute desperation took me to a secluded spot
where I had planned to end it all. Today 1 of my friends has
commented:- ''If I'm honest, there were times I wondered if
you'd have a future, whether you'd make it'' and she's not on
her own, as I wondered that too! But I'm here. I'm planning my
next house move and it's all do-able. But to get that social
scaffold that kept me afloat you have to be able to talk about
it; you have to be able to ask for help; it has to be OK to not
be OK. That is why I tell my story, warts, and all. 2 reasons.
Firstly so that if that's YOU right now, keep moving forward.
Just 1 tiny step forward. Or rest awhile where you are and then
head up, go again. Secondly because as a society we have to
normalize conversations about mental health and suicide ideation
or people won't all make it through. You don't have to be a
Counsellor or Therapist. Decent human beings make a life-saving
difference and you can too. The future looks very uncertain and
the media is reporting recession, redundancy, financial
difficulties on top of what we know is likely to be an
overwhelming need for support in mental health; from a service
that is underfunded, overworked and was already dysfunctional
BEFORE the pandemic brought about the 20% increase. Will you
help me get the message out there and shatter the silence,
please? It matters." Andrea Newton -
Letter to the Editor:-
"GCSE and A-Level result"
"IF your child has
just received their A-Level result, or is about to discover
their GCSE results, it will likely be an anxious time for them,
and you. Due to the unprecedented nature of this year, pupils
havenít been able to sit their exams; naturally, each young
person will have their own reaction to this, with more than
1,100 already contacting Childline to say they felt robbed of an
opportunity, or were otherwise worried about their results.
We've heard from many young people who said they felt
overwhelmed, anxious and stressed, depressed or unable to sleep
because of the worry, and it's important that adults are around
to support young people who are getting their results. The most
important thing you can do is to remind your child they're not
alone. There are lots of places to get advice and support,
including:- Childline, where they can discuss their anxiety and
look at potential next steps. If you know someone who didn't do
as well as they'd hoped, reassure them the results won't
determine the rest of their life. They can speak to a guidance
counsellor or careers advisor about their options; whether
thatís appealing, re-sitting, going to another University or
College or changing to a similar course. The important thing is
that young people should talk to someone they trust about their
concerns and get advice about what to do next. Remember, your
child may find it difficult to speak to you about their results.
All you can do is be patient and supportive until they're ready
to talk about their feelings. Let them know it's okay to take
some time to think about what they want to do next, and if
theyíd rather talk to one of our specially trained counsellors,
Childline is still here for children and young people on:-
08001111 or at:-
Bukowski, Childline Supervisor.
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
THE total UK daily
number of lab-confirmed positive test results:-
1,441. The total
overall UK lab-confirmed positive test results:-
number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total,
was sadly reported to be:-
11, with the total number of deaths of
people who have had a positive test result now standing at:-
In England, there are a total of:- 273,314
confirmed cases since the outbreak. North West - total of:-
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK
925. The current number of COVID-19 patients
currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
75. Daily number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
129. Due to new UK Government
system of reporting we are having to sort out a new system to
bring you the local area results, for the Liverpool City Region
and surrounding areas.
The number of laboratory
the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
2,679 confirmed cases.
Halton, 721 confirmed cases.
1,050 confirmed cases.
Sefton, 1,609 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 1,246
Wirral, 2,096 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory
cases within Local Authorities around
the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Blackburn with Darwen, 1,657 confirmed cases.
Blackpool, 1,074 confirmed cases.
Bolton, 2,144 confirmed cases.
Bury, 1,446 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,303 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester, 2,079 confirmed cases.
Lancashire, 7,656 confirmed cases.
Manchester, 3,720 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 2,567 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 2,048 confirmed cases.
Salford, 1,618 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 1,891 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 1,768 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 1,544 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,389 confirmed
Wigan, 2,238 confirmed cases.
Daily reported COVID deaths are now measured across the UK
as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the first
laboratory confirmed positive COVID test.