St Helens Council has unanimously voted to set a council tax rise of 1.99 per cent.
The MP for Ashton-under-Lyne is to stand down at the next General Election due to bad health. David Heyes has been the Labour MP since 2001.
The two Muslim fanatics who murdered soldier Lee Rigby, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, will be sentenced at the Old Bailey.
The Mayor of Liverpool's demanded an apology from Conservative MP Brandon Lewis, who accused the City Council of spending £2m on Beatles memorabilia. Joe Anderson claims the allegation is 'blatantly' untrue and says he wants a personal apology in Parliament.
Mayor Anderson said: “Once again, this Government is making scurrilous allegations about me and about the city of Liverpool which are blatantly untrue. This is appalling behaviour."
Authorities on Merseyside have decided council tax in Liverpool, Halton and St Helens will go up by almost two per cent. In Liverpool savings of 156 million pounds need to be made.
Meryl Streep, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, will be part of the first major film to be shot in Parliament.
Commercial film-makers have always been denied entry, forcing producers to build replicas of the home of British politics.
But MPs have allowed Suffragette, which follows the struggle for women to get the vote, to be shot in the historic chambers over the Easter recess in a bid to raise revenue.
Streep, who played Lady Thatcher in biopic The Iron Lady, will reportedly play another dominant figure in 20th Century politics, feminist trailblazer Emmeline Pankhurst.
British stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Whishaw also have leading roles.
The government has warned employers which fail to pay the minimum wage that they face higher fines after naming and shaming two in the region. HM Revenue & Customs say Peter Oakes of Peter Oakes Ltd, Macclesfield, and Lisa Maria Cathcart of Salon Sienna, Manchester, underpaid workers.
– Business Secretary Vince Cable
“Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal. If employers break the law they need to know that they will face tough consequences. We know that people are put off using a business’ service if it is found guilty of not paying its workers the minimum wage. This is a clear warning to employers: you will damage your reputation and face a stiff penalty, if you don’t pay the minimum wage. Any worker who is entitled to the minimum wage should receive it. It’s not only fair, it’s the law. ”
The government has named and shamed two businesses in the region which failed to pay the minimum wage. HM Revenue & Customs say Peter Oakes of Peter Oakes Ltd, Macclesfield, and Lisa Maria Cathcart of Salon Sienna, Manchester, underpaid workers. Higher fines are being introduced next month.
Council tax will be frozen in Chorley for the second year running The authority's budget was agreed on Tuesday night as bosses aim to help local businesses and residents.
– Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council
“We are facing extremely difficult times managing our finances like everyone else so we’ve set the budget with that in mind.
“We’ve faced a huge cut in our government grant of 13.5 per cent (£879,000) so not only have we been looking at how we can save money and do things more efficiently, it’s important that the council looks at ways of generating more income.
“The best example of this is the purchase of Market Walk – that provides us with an income of £500,000 per year and has helped us to balance the books so we can freeze council tax.”
The council say investment in priorities identified by local people will reach £4.1 million since 2013, with an emphasis on creating new jobs, supporting the local economy and helping those struggling with their finances. They include:
- Work starting on major improvements to Astley Park, including the play area
- Re-opening of the former eyesore McDonald’s site as four retail units
- £1 million investment in improving Market Street as part of the Asda developmen
- A campaign to bring more investment into the borough and create more jobs for local people
More than 1,000 jobs are set to be created in Liverpool through a £16 million project to help businesses expand.
Liverpool City Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership has successfully bid for almost £8 million from the European Regional Development Fund.
That cash is being matched with an additional £6 million from the private sector and £2 million of public funding.
The New Markets and Growth Business Programme, which runs until October 2015, is aimed at supporting small businesses to grow and access export markets.
The city council will be partnering with specialist business support agencies including the University of Liverpool Management School, the Women’s Organisation and Smaller Earth which helps young entrepreneurs.
They will provide advice and support to assist 1,190 businesses across Liverpool City Region, 714 of them in the city itself.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:
“At a time when public sector employment is reducing, it is absolutely vital that we do more to support businesses to expand and create jobs.
“Growing startup businesses and encouraging entrepreneurs is crucial if we are to make sure there are opportunities for our residents.
“The International Festival for Business taking place later this year is a huge opportunity for Liverpool to market itself to the world, showcasing the city as a great place to invest.
This scheme will help us support our own firms to take advantage of the profile and exposure that the event will create.”