“Black History Month, a time to shine a light on our shared British history” Robert Brennan

During Black History Month we have been highlighting historic moments, events, achievements and contributions of black people in our communities and across Merseyside, as well as shining a light on people who are striving for equality and diversity in our borough. As part of this we caught up with Robert Brennan, Equality Lead for CVS. Robert has worked closely with Sefton Council for over ten years, helping to support black and ethnic minorities in the borough with issues including social welfare matters and barriers to services. Robert sits on the Sefton’s hate crime multi agency group, MARAC and has developed ...
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Public consultation on possible improvements at Southport Golf Links now underway

Sefton Council’s Green Sefton team has launched a public consultation on ways to improve the course and facilities at Southport Golf Links. As well as the tees, greens and fairways, people taking part are asked to rate current facilities including the reception and shop, changing rooms and toilets and parking and signage. Participants are asked to indicate and prioritise on possible future improvements they would like to see at Southport Golf Links, including a new driving range, a chipping and bunker area, a putting green and floodlights. They can also comment on improvements they would like to see to the ...
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Sefton Council work with HSE to ensure businesses are COVID secure

Sefton Council have been working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) checking on businesses to make sure they are COVID-secure. Sefton Council’s Environmental Health officers and HSE inspectors have been conducting spot checks and inspections on businesses from all different sectors in the area to check they are following government guidelines. Being COVID-secure means that businesses need to put adjustments in place to manage the risk from coronavirus to protect workers, visitors and customers. Sefton Council is responsible for the enforcement of health and safety legislation in sectors which includes shops, pubs and restaurants, whereas HSE regulates health and ...
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Autumn edition of Aiming High for Disabled Children newsletter out now

The Autumn 2020 edition of Sefton Council's Aiming High for Disabled Children newsletter is out now and available for you to read. Aiming High for Disabled Children is a service provided by Sefton Council to make sure disabled children, young people and their families have the same access to fun, fulfilling activities and life chances as those without disabilities. It provides specially tailored sessions during term-time and holidays that young people can access, and specialist support when young people reach key transition points, such as moving from education in to employment. Aiming High’s newsletter is produced three times a year ...
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New refuse and recycling collections for Sefton

Changes to Sefton’s refuse and recycling service mean residents at thousands of homes across the borough will receive new brown and grey wheeled bins. The bins replace sacks previously delivered to residents and will be collected on alternate weeks, with brown recycling bins collected one week and grey residual bins collected the next. Around 4,000 households in Linacre, Derby, Litherland, Ford, Church, Blundellsands, Netherton and Orrell & Victoria are receiving bins as part of the new scheme. The aim of the initiative is to create cleaner neighbourhoods across Sefton, reduce the risk of vermin and fly-tipping and introduce a safer, ...
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Government agrees City Region gyms will re-open

On BBC Radio Merseyside this morning, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region said: I’d like to read a short statement on behalf of; Cllr Rob Polhill (Halton) – Cllr Graham Morgan (Knowsley) – Mayor Joe Anderson (Liverpool) – Cllr Ian Maher (Sefton) – Cllr David Baines (St Helens) and Cllr Janette Williamson (Wirral), which reads: “On behalf of the Leaders and MPs across our City Region – I entered into further talks with 10 Downing Street last night to highlight the inconsistencies of the measures that we had been placed under – following the Government’s decision to impose ...
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Is your two-year-old entitled to free early education and childcare?

In Sefton, some two-year-olds are eligible for 15 hours of free early education and childcare a week for 38 weeks of the year. This can be taken up with an Early Years provider such as a childminder, nursery or pre-school that is registered with Ofsted and Sefton Council to offer funded places. Is my child entitled to a free place? You can claim a free place for your child if you receive one or more of the following benefits: Income support Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Universal Credit – if you and your partner ...
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Two new walk-through Test Centres for Sefton

Sefton is benefiting from two new, walk-through Local Testing Sites, at Crosby Library and Netherton Activity Centre, for people who have the Coronavirus symptoms. Open from 8am to 8pm, they provide easy access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have coronavirus symptoms and should not travel by public transport. Each Test Site has between four and eight testing bays which can each test up to three people an hour. Users will be asked to self-swab when attending and visitors will need to wear a mask or face covering which ...
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City Region leaders demand ‘immediate review’ of gym and leisure centre closures

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council has joined The Metro Mayor, City Mayor and other Liverpool City Region Council leaders to ask the Government to conduct an ‘immediate review’ of its decision to close gyms under Tier 3 restrictions. As part of the review, Government ministers are being asked to provide the scientific evidence to support the City Region’s gym and leisure centres being closed. If they are unable to do so, they are being asked to change the law so they can open again. In the letter, the Metro Mayor, City Mayor and other Liverpool City Region Council ...
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Cllr Ian Maher

City Region Secures £44 million Tier 3 Covid-19 Support Package

Liverpool City Region has secured an additional £30 million in COVID-19 business support from the Government. It comes in addition to the £14 million already received to support the local Test, Trace and Isolate system and local enforcement efforts, to make a total of £44 million in additional funding secured in support of the Tier 3 restrictions. The City Region also received £7m when it went in to Tier 2 status, meaning a total package of £51m so far. The funding comes after the City Region was the first to be placed on the Tier 3 ‘very high’ Covid alert ...
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