Campaign Group asks Wirral Council councillors to “call in” £9.7 million contract award decision for construction of flood wall in West Kirby

Campaign Group asks Wirral Council councillors to “call in” £9.7 million contract award decision for construction of flood wall in West Kirby

Campaign Group asks Wirral Council councillors to “call in” £9.7 million contract award decision for construction of flood wall in West Kirby

                                                             

West Kirby Promenade on the Wirral, England, United Kingdom (April 2022)
West Kirby Promenade on the Wirral, England, United Kingdom (April 2022)

By John Brace – Editor

First publication date: Wednesday 13th April 2022, 22:51 (BST).

A campaign group are asking Wirral Council councillors to “call in” a recent Wirral Council decision to award a £9.64 million construction contract to Volkerstevin Ltd. The project is called the West Kirby Flood Alleviation Scheme and would involve construction of a flood wall and other changes to the West Kirby Promenade on the Wirral.

Wirral Council have further information about the West Kirby Flood Alleviation Scheme on their website.
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Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) lost First-tier Tribunal (SEC) appeal (of decision not to pay Personal Independence Payment (“PIP”))

Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) lost First-tier Tribunal (SEC) appeal (of decision not to pay Personal Independence Payment (“PIP”))

Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) lost First-tier Tribunal (SEC) appeal (of decision not to pay Personal Independence Payment (“PIP”))

                                                          

Birkenhead County Court entrance 5th October 2018 which was the venue for the First-tier Tribunal hearing (Social Entitlement Chamber)
Birkenhead County Court entrance which was the venue for the First-tier Tribunal hearing (Social Entitlement Chamber)

By John Brace – Appellant

First publication date: Thursday 7th April 2022, 12:01 (BST).

Previous reports on the prior hearings (both of which were adjourned) in this same appeal held on 14th December 2021 and 28th February 2020 at the same venue can be read at either of these links (which will open a new page).

Appellant: Mr John Brace (unrepresented)
Respondent: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) represented by Miss Green (Presenting Officer)
Case number: SC062/19/01113
Location: 76 Hamilton St, Birkenhead CH41 5EN (ground floor)
Mode of hearing: Hybrid (face to face/phone)
Date and time of hearing: Tuesday 15th March 2022, 10.00 am
Type: First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber)
First-tier Tribunal Judge: Judge Jenny Frances Lester-Ashworth
First-tier Tribunal Medical Member: Dr Simon Jerome Lundy
First-tier Tribunal Disability Member: Mrs M Walton

As I waited in the waiting area in the corridor before the hearing started, it was shortly after 9.40 am (just over two months) since Leonora had died and I felt upset. Leonora had represented me from the start of the appeal in November 2019 and during the previous two face to face hearings in 2021 and 2020) it was strange to be at this final hearing without her. This was an appeal of a mandatory reconsideration decision not to award PIP made by Jo Brown dated 24th October 2019.
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Councillors on Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority agreed to nearly 2% rise in fire element of council tax (from April 2022) for residents in Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley and Sefton

Councillors on Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority agreed to nearly 2% rise in fire element of council tax (from April 2022) for residents in Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley and Sefton

Councillors on Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority agreed to nearly 2% rise in fire element of council tax (from April 2022) for residents in Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley and Sefton

                                                             

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (Budget) 24th February 2022 Part 1 of 2

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (Budget) 24th February 2022 Part 2 of 2

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (Budget) 24th February 2022 Left to Right Phil Garrigan (Chief Fire Officer (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service) and Chief Executive (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority)), Councillor Leslie T Byrom (Chair, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority), Ria Groves (Monitoring Officer (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority)) and Shauna Healey (Democratic Services Manager (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service))
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (Budget) 24th February 2022 Left to Right Phil Garrigan (Chief Fire Officer (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service) and Chief Executive (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority)), Councillor Leslie T Byrom (Chair, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority), Ria Groves (Monitoring Officer (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority)) and Shauna Healey (Democratic Services Manager (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service))

By John Brace (Editor)

First publication date: Friday 25th February 2022, 2:44 (GMT).

Councillors on the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority agreed its 2022/23 Budget at a public meeting (which you can watch above) at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Headquarters on Thursday 24th February 2022. The Budget was proposed by the majority Labour Group (who hold 14 of the 18 councillor seats) but also received support from the opposition councillors (Conservative and Liberal Democrat).
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Councillors on Merseyside Police and Crime Panel agreed to Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell’s 2022/23 Budget to increase the police element of council tax by £10 a year (Band D) from 1st April 2022 for Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Knowsley residents despite cost of living concerns

Councillors on Merseyside Police and Crime Panel agreed to Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell’s 2022/23 Budget to increase the police element of council tax by £10 a year (Band D) from 1st April 2022 for Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Knowsley residents despite cost of living concerns

Councillors on Merseyside Police and Crime Panel agreed to Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell’s 2022/23 Budget to increase the police element of council tax by £10 a year (Band D) from 1st April 2022 for Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Knowsley residents despite cost of living concerns

                                                             

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Merseyside Police and Crime Panel (Knowsley Council) 3rd February 2022 Part 1

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Merseyside Police and Crime Panel (Knowsley Council) 3rd February 2022 Part 2

Left - Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Serena Kennedy, Middle - Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside Emily Spurrell at a meeting of Merseyside Police and Crime Panel (3rd February 2022)
Left – Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Serena Kennedy, Middle – Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside Emily Spurrell at a meeting of the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel (3rd February 2022)

By John Brace (Editor)

First publication date: Wednesday 23rd February 2022, 22:12 (GMT).

On the morning of Thursday 3rd February 2022, in Knowsley Council’s Council Chamber in Huyton, the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel met to consider the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Budget for Merseyside Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the 2022/23 financial year.
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Leonora Brace obituary: Beloved paramedic, campaigner & journalist

Leonora Brace obituary: Beloved paramedic, campaigner & journalist

Leonora Brace obituary: Beloved paramedic, campaigner & journalist

                                             

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Leonora talks to camera about a local flytipping hotspot

Leonora Brace (Challis Street, Bidston) campaigning against flytipping
Leonora Brace (Challis Street, Bidston) campaigning against flytipping

By John Brace (Editor)

Leonora Brace – Born – 1947
Died – 15th January 2022

First publication date: Sunday 16th January 2022, 16:20 (GMT).

Mrs Leonora Brace who died aged 74 on the Wirral was the youngest of many sisters. She grew up in a very rural part of Canada to a British mother and First Nation father & was always proud of her First Nation culture, language and roots. She was bilingual (her other main language (although not her mother tongue) was Canadian English) with a basic grasp of other languages too.

She had emigrated to the United Kingdom (UK) as a teenager and worked in the UK a variety of different healthcare roles, first as a carer (when she caught tuberculosis), then later she qualified as a paramedic (taking her paramedic exams on audio tape rather than in writing due to her dyslexia) followed by a long career as a paramedic.
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