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Sefton joins Northern leaders in offer to work with Government to “level up” the North

Civic and business leaders from across the North are putting forward a collective partnership offer to Government, setting out how the North can lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution and deliver on the levelling up promise.

In a document published today by the Convention of the North and the NP11 group of northern local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), northern leaders set out the five “gamechangers” which, through collaboration across the North and with Government, will grow an inclusive economy that delivers for the North and the country, while also tackling the health inequalities that have been laid bare by COVID-19. Those game changers are:

  • Leading the Green Industrial Revolution
  • Closing the healthy life expectancy gap between the North and South through innovation
  • Closing the education and skills gap
  • Improving connectivity in towns and cities in the North
  • Increasing private and public investment in R&D spending in the North

The five gamechangers represent a combined Northern offer to Government to ensure the North plays its full part in levelling up the UK, leading the transition to a Net Zero economy and developing a competitive Global Britain.

Leaders have invited the Secretary of State for Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, to join them for a working Convention in Liverpool in January 2022, focused on turning the Government’s positive commitment to level up the North into action.

Liverpool City Region Mayor, Steve Rotheram, who will mark the document’s launch with a business roundtable in Liverpool focusing on the opportunities for the North to lead the transition to Net Zero, said:

“True levelling up has to mean tackling long-standing and structural inequalities that exist between North and South in this country on a wide range of issues, from healthcare and job prospects, to transport and infrastructure spending. This is not an issue of party politics but one of fairness and social justice.

“As leaders representing millions of people across the North, we want to work with government to make that a reality. The North has been hit harder than the rest of the country, but I believe that with proper support we also have the potential to bounce back further and faster than the rest of the country too.

“From levelling up to climate change and everything in between, the solutions to many of the fundamental issues facing the country lie in empowering local leaders to work with central government and take the decisions that our areas need to shape our own destinies and build a stronger, fairer, better balanced United Kingdom.”

 

Deputy Leader of Sefton Council and Cabinet Member for Locality Services, John Fairclough added:

‘Sefton Council  is facing huge financial pressures in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, which is still very much with us. Necessary Council Tax increases in the coming years, in part to meet the demands of caring for our most vulnerable residents, will inevitably place the burden of recovery on our residents and communities, at a time when many can least afford it.

“It doesn’t have to be this way. The Convention of the North andNP11 group are challenging Government to work collaboratively with Councils, other public bodies and business leaders throughout the region, while making proposals that, if translated into action, will truly mean levelling up in the North, including Sefton.

“From leading a green industrial revolution to reducing the gap in health outcomes for our citizens, supporting vulnerable adults, children and families, closing the education gap to having greater connectivity, these are aims that are already integral to Sefton’s Vision for 2030 and that we passionately echo alongside our peers.”

Today’s publication of Northern leaders’ collective offer to Government will pave the way for a Convention of the North with NP11 event, due to take place in Liverpool in early 2022.

Following the success of its inaugural event in September 2019, at which Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a series of commitments to the North, the Convention of the North with NP11 will work with Government to focus resources and investment on the North to allow it to level up.

 

Crosby Library joins national Census celebration by lighting up purple

Crosby Library and Civic Centre in Waterloo joined more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.

The event was organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of the census, a survey that happens every ten years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The iconic library, which has been lit up for a wide range of occasions, joined beloved national landmarks in celebration of the census, these included the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower.

The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve their communities.

 

Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:

“The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.

 “We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.

 “We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Sefton Council’s library service for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”

 

Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, said:

“The census is incredibly useful to us in Sefton, helping us to build a picture of the communities we serve in a borough for everyone, so please take part on Census Day.

“Sefton has supported the national push to reach as many parts of our communities as possible and it’s great to see such an iconic local landmark lit up as part of that support.

“While it’s been fun for the authority to support the Census in this way, there’s also a serious point to make. Please make sure you complete and return your census form as you can be fined £1000 if you don’t take part or share false information.”

Every household in England and Wales should have received their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online.  Paper forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support.

In the coming days, the census field operation will begin contacting households who have not completed their census. They will never enter a house, they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance.

If you need any help, or to request a paper form, you can visit the Census website  The census support centre (freephone 0800 141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales) is available if you can’t find the help you need online. 

Crosby Library and Civic Centre to go purple in celebration of Census 2021

Crosby Library and Civic Centre in Waterloo will join more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.Image of man on beach to denote that Census 2021 is coming

The event is being organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of Census Day on March 21, a survey that happens every ten years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The iconic library, which has been lit up for a wide range of occasions, will join landmarks in England and Wales include the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower – lighting up in the Census 2021 brand colour from Friday March 19 through to March 21.

The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve their communities.

Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:

“The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.

 “We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.

 “We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Sefton’s Library Service for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”

Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, said:

“The census is incredibly useful to us in Sefton, helping us to build a picture of the communities we serve in a borough for everyone, so please take part on Census Day.

“Sefton has supported the national push to reach as many parts of our communities as possible and it’s great to see such an iconic local landmark lit up as part of that support.

“While it’s been fun for the authority to support the Census in this way, there’s also a serious point to make. Please make sure you complete and return your census form as you can be fined £1000 if you don’t take part or share false information.”

Now that residents have their code to complete they can complete their form online at the Census website 

 

 

Important update when getting your SMART Covid test at Aintree Racecourse

Due to maintenance work taking place at Aintree Racecourse as part of preparations for the Grand National, Sefton residents accessing SMART Covid tests at this site will need to take a different route once inside the Aintree racecourse complex.

From Tuesday 16th to Tuesday 23rd March, instead of entering the test site via Grand Nation Way, visitors should look out for traffic marshals who will direct them along the alternative route.

The diversion will involve minimal disruption for visitors accessing their SMART Covid test.

SMART tests are available at Aintree Racecourse from 8am – 8pm – no appointment necessary.

Owing to the current national lockdown, only key workers and those with caring commitments no COVID-19 symptoms should now be going for SMART tests.

Full details about testing in Sefton are available on the Council’s website. 

 

 

Controlled explosion on Formby beach: update from Merseyside Police

Following the controlled detonation of an explosive device at Formby beach today (26 February), Merseyside Police have provided the following statement:

Merseyside Police can confirm that officers are in attendance at Formby beach today (Friday 26 February) following the discovery of a suspected unexploded ordnance device. 

Officers were called around 5.30pm yesterday (Thursday 25 February) after the device was found by a member of the public.

The device has now been safely detonated by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.  

A cordon remains in place in the Victoria Road area while safety checks are completed. 

We would like to thank the community for their patience while we deal with the incident.

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