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Government "supports decision" to extend Sellafield contract

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Baroness Verma, has released a statement expressing the Government's support for Nuclear Management Partners' extension of its management contract at Sellafield.

“Sellafield remains the Government’s top priority in our nuclear decommissioning programme.

"We support this decision to extend the contract which will build on skills and expertise at the site and the progress made so far.”

– Baroness Verma
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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announces Sellafield contract extension

It has been announced today that the consortium running the Sellafield nuclear site will be allowed to continue its role.

Nuclear Management Partners had been accused of mismanagement and wasting public money earlier this year.

However, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has announced that the consortium will have its contract extended for a second five year period.

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Wirral campaign against domestic abuse launched

Police and the local council on the Wirral are launching a campaign to combat domestic abuse. Research shows that reports of abuse tend to peak after children return to school. Victims are being urged to seek support.

"Domestic abuse has no boundaries and affects women of any age, living in all areas across Wirral. We understand how frightening living with domestic abuse can be. The fear of not knowing what will happen next is often the reason why some women do not feel able to tell anyone about what is happening to them. At the Family Safety Unit we will listen to you, believe your story and work with you to help you break free and live safely away from fear. We can support you with a wide range of options to reduce your risk. We work closely with Merseyside Police and support agencies."

– Jill Barr, manager of the Wirral Council Family Safety Unit

"No-one should have to live with the threat of domestic abuse. Very often, just picking up the phone will be the first step to safety, and the start of a life where the threat of violence or intimidation is a thing of the past. It is important to remember that you don’t have to be hit to be in an abusive relationship – domestic violence is also about emotional and psychological abuse. If you or someone you know is in a violent or abusive relationship, please ring the Family Safety Unit, even if it is just for a chat."

– Cllr George Davies, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Engagement
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