Thursday, 27 September 2012
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
• Large building materials such as plasterboard, plaster, wall tiles, roofing materials, windows, doors, timber/wood, flooring (not carpets).
• Bathroom suites
• Kitchen units
• Soil including turf
• Asbestos cement based products
The average householder delivering his usual waste items in his own car will be largely unaffected.
Labour led Liverpool City Council has awarded £1 million to a consortium of seven Credit Unions to help more than 20,000 families and hundreds of small businesses.
The aim is to prevent people taking out unaffordable loans at extortionate interest rates, running the risk of falling prey to loan sharks.
Some companies offer loans with massive interest rates of up to 16,000% APR– driving desperate people even further into poverty.
But Liverpool Labour is standing up to these loan sharks, and providing help for vulnerable people through the city’s credit untions.
It is estimated that over a three year period the scheme will support over 23,000 people on Merseyside.
And it is estimated that the £1 million investment will lead to around £3 million of money being lent. This is because the Credit Unions will be able to recycle the money once loans start to be repaid.
Labour’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Paul Brant, said: “This is a pioneering initiative which will help and support the most vulnerable in our communities who are being hit by a triple whammy of rising unemployment, increased costs for food and fuel and cuts in welfare benefits.
“The banks have also toughened up their lending criteria and this means many people and small businesses are unable to get affordable credit.
“All of this means that the temptation to go to a loan shark or pay day lender is higher than ever, and people are increasingly resorting to them out of desperation.
“We want to provide a support route for vulnerable people to help them out of crisis and get their finances back on an even keel.
“I am delighted that seven of the city’s Credit Unions have come together to put together a bid for this funding.
“They are based in the heart of communities and so are well placed to provide funds and advice to those who are most in need.”
“They are going to be making a massive difference to people’s lives and will prevent some on the breadline from going under.”
The seven Credit Unions are:
· Riverside Credit Union
· Enterprise Credit Union
· Knowsley Mutual Credit Union
· Partners Credit Union
· Lodge Lane Credit Union
· Central Liverpool Credit Union
· Norris Green Credit Union
Monday, 24 September 2012
Cllr Shafique Choudhary with Councillor Roxanne Mashari
At Netball Certificate distribution ceremony
The tournament was organised with help of Barnhill and Welsh Harp ward working funds by Ms. L. Xavier, who is truly a motivating resident of Chalkhill and is full of energy and ideas for helping local kids. She works closely with Chalkhill Centre where netball is usual played and practiced. I will explain below what is Netball
Netball is a ball sport played between two teams of seven players. Its development, derived from early versions of basketball, began in England in the 1890s. By 1960, international playing rules had been standardised for the game, and the International Federation of Netball and Women's Basketball (later renamed the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA)) was formed. As of 2011, IFNA comprises more than 60 national teams organised into five global regions.
Games are played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring. Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. During general play, a player with the ball can hold onto it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player. The winning team is the one that scores the most goals. Netball games are 60 minutes long. Variations have been developed to increase the game's pace and appeal to a wider audience.
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Local authorities are taking a prominent role in cutting pay gaps by promoting living wages and cutting chief executive salaries, research has revealed. Campaign group One Society analysed pay policy statements from 173 of the 174 local authorities in England and Wales and submitted freedom of information requests. It found more than 20% of councils are committed to ensuring staff are paid a living wage. Some 12.5% have taken steps to cut chief executive salaries, while more than 10% also plan to enforce fixed ratios between the worst and best paid.
Source: Yorkshire Post,
Nick Clegg’s phoney apology on the eve of his Party conference was neither genuine nor heartfelt. It is nothing more than a cynical attempt to protect his perilous and weak leadership.
People have made their mind up about him, the weak Liberal Democrats, and their broken promises. This is their Government and they should take responsibility for it.
The Lib Dems have not been a brake on this Government. Whatever their claims, they can’t avoid their responsibility for their weakness and this Tory-led Government's failures:
- The longest double-dip recession since the Second World War.
- Tax cuts for millionaires while millions pay more.
- A wasteful, top-down reorganisation of the NHS.
None of these would have happened without Liberal Democrat support. And they are responsible for their broken promises:
- The trebling of tuition fees, that they said they would scrap.
- The rise in VAT they said they would stop.
- The 15,000 cut to police numbers, that they promised would be a 3,000 increase
Friday, 21 September 2012
Source: Evening Standard,
Schools and councils are taking legal action against exam chiefs over their refusal to regrade thousands of this summer's GCSEs. A group of about 150 schools, councils and education bodies have written to Ofqual and two exam boards, announcing they will seek a judicial review. They want revised grade boundaries for June's exams to be brought into line with those imposed in January. The challenge is thought to be being led by Lewisham Council.
Source: The Independent,
Eric Pickles has announced that planning regulations which require express consent for flag flying will be scrapped in England from October 12. Mr Pickles said he was “looking forward” to seeing more flags flying around the country following the change in the rules.
Source: The Daily Telegraph,
Source: The Daily Telegraph,
Public sector net borrowing hit a record £14.41bn in August, the Office for National Statistics revealed today, compared with £14.37bn at the same time last year.
According to the Public sector finances bulletin, borrowing by central government rose by £700m to £13.5bn as spending increased faster than income. Expenditure rose by 2.5% and receipts by 1.8%. In the same period, local government borrowing fell by around £1bn, while public corporations borrowed around £400m more.
courtesy of Public Finance210912
courtesy of Public Finance210912
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
It is good news that the introduction of the new trains on the Metropolitan line is now virtually complete; but the upgrade of the line will continue for some time with track renewal and a new signalling system to be installed. This will inevitably require some closures, although Brent is promised far fewer disrupted weekends than with the recent Jubilee line upgrade.
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
As pupils returned to school this week, London Councils warned that the shortage of school places could hit 90, 000 by 2016. Long-term demand for places will continue to grow across the capital, with the cost of meeting this expected to reach £2.3 billion within the next four years, according to our analysis. Meanwhile, councils have been working hard to provide a total of 241 new classrooms across London to meet the demand for pupils beginning reception class in the next week. Cllr Steve Reed, London Councils’ lead member for children and young people, said: “Today’s figures confirm what councils across the capital have been saying for months. Many of our schools are full and we are running out of spaces where children can be taught. The government needs to continue investing in long term investment of the capital’s schools to create more places and ensure that every child has access to primary and secondary school education
Monday, 3 September 2012
The latest quarterly survey of 369 manufacturing businesses by BDO and the EEF has found that manufacturing output is likely to shrink by 1.5% this year, a worsening of its previous 0.3% forecasted fall. The manufacturers revealed that their UK order books have turned negative for the first time in ten quarters. Tom Lawton of BDO commented: “With this extremely testing global backdrop it is crucial that manufacturers remain not only lean but also nimble enough to respond to future opportunities as and when they arise. Larger companies that have the ability to invest are continuing to do so and smaller companies are wary of not suffering a skill shortage by ensuring that they employ the best talent." Elsewhere, BDO has reported that the British success at the Olympics had little impact on high street sales. Last month’s like-for-like sales at mid-range retailers fell by 0.5% compared to the same period last year with fashion sales 1.3% lower and homewares down 8.7%. Meanwhile, the latest Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking & Markets Business Barometer has shown that businesses are more optimistic about their own prospects as well as the economy’s.
Source: Financial Times,
The Daily Express claims that up to 450 council bosses have been handed “golden goodbyes” of at least £100,000 in the last year. It says the biggest pay-off went to the former managing director of Kent County Council, while Lancashire County Council is said to have awarded remuneration packages of more than £100,000 to 36 members of its staff. Bob Neill, the minister for local government, and the Taxpayers’ Alliance’s Matthew Sinclair provide opinions.
Source: Daily Star