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Labour's Bill Esterson has given the new charging point at Meadows Leisure Centre the thumbs up.

Green motorists are getting a buzz when they go to Maghull's Meadows Leisure Centre, and Labour's Bill Esterson has given it the thumbs up.

A new electric vehicle charging point has been installed in the leisure centre car park.

It is designed to encourage people to convert from using polluting petrol cars to more environmentally friendly electric vehicles.

Labour's Bill Esterson has given the new charging point at Meadows Leisure Centre the thumbs up.Labour's Bill Esterson welcomed the scheme.

Bill said: "Anything that encourages us to start using more environmentally friendly vehicles the better. Charging points are needed to keep electric cars moving and I am sure this new point at the Meadows is just the start.

"I welcome this initiative. It can only be a good thing for the environment."

Bill said he would be tempted to even go electric if there were more charging points throughout the region.

Bill said: "I love the idea of electric vehicles. They are coming down in price and with the proliferation of these charging pints, they are becoming a valid alternative to petrol cars.

"This is something I am sure we would all welcome, particularly with the ever fluctuating price of petrol.

"What this charging point at the Meadows does is give people the chance to charge up while they're working out. So the environment benefits as does the owner's health. Of course, there's an even better way of improving your health and the environment, both at the same time - and that is to walk to the gym."

 

Labour's Bill Esterson has given the new charging point at Meadows Leisure Centre the thumbs up.

Labour's Bill Esterson gives new electric vehicle charging point at Maghull's Meadows Leisure Centre the thumbs up

Green motorists are getting a buzz when they go to Maghull's Meadows Leisure Centre, and Labour's Bill Esterson has given it the thumbs up.

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Labour's Bill Esterson met with Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy to discuss plans to bring Community Police Stations to Maghull, Crosby and Formby.

Drastic cuts have led to the closure of police stations and enquiry offices throughout Merseyside.

Police stations affected by the cuts include Formby, Crosby and Maghull.

Commissioner Jane Kennedy has unveiled a major shake-up of the force's estate to mitigate the effects of the government's cuts. Her plan will see the creation of community police stations in communities throughout Merseyside.

On a visit to stations that serve Sefton Central, Bill Esterson met with the Commissioner to discuss her plans and urge her to ensure new Community Police Stations are sited in Crosby, Formby and Maghull.

Bill said: "Merseyside Police Chief Constable Jon Murphy has warned that cuts by the Tory-Lib Dem Government to the force's budget is going to make it increasingly difficult to fight crime.

"Those cuts are resulting in stations and enquiry desks being closed. We've seen that here in Sefton, where desks have been closed at Formby, Maghull and Crosby.

"I met with Commissioner Kennedy to ensure that everything possible is being done to mitigate the worst effects of the cuts.

"On visits to each of the three police stations that currently serve my constituency, she outlined her plans to deal with the Tory-Lib Dem cuts to Merseyside Police's budget while retaining our excellent local community police - in fact enhancing our local service with new community police stations.

"Merseyside Police were forced to close the enquiry desks at Crosby, Formby and Maghull a number of years back because of the cuts. Commissioner Kennedy is planning to bring community stations back to our communities.

"People in Crosby, Maghull and Formby want to know they have access to their community police. The new community police stations will provide just that to people in these communities."

Merseyside Police have lost 1,200 staff members under the Tory-Lib Dem cuts. They will lose a further 800 if the Tories get back into Downing Street on May 8.

Bill Esterson added: "Merseyside Police have suffered huge cuts at the hands of this Tory-Lib Dem Government. Since 2010 they have lost 41% of their budget. If the Tories get back in they have already announced a further 20% cut.

"That will equate to around 2,000 fewer members of Merseyside Police staff. As Chief Constable Jon Murphy has already warned, that will impact policing.

"Our public enquiry desks  were closed as they were the first victims of the Tory-Lib Dem cuts, so it can only be good news that as part of Commissioner Kennedy's plans, new stations will be based at the heart of our communities and accessible to those who need them.

"I share the concerns of the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Tory-Lib Dem cuts have been drastic and damaging. Planned further Tory cuts would just be dangerous."

 

Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy with Labour's Bill Esterson on visits to police stations in Formby, Crosby and Maghull.

  

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Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy meets Labour's Bill Esterson to discuss plans to bring Community Police Stations to Maghull, Crosby and Formby

Labour's Bill Esterson met with Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy to discuss plans to bring Community Police Stations to Maghull, Crosby and Formby.

Sefton Central Labour's Bill Esterson talks about Christians Against Poverty's work in East Sefton with East Sefton counsellor Lynn Woods, Lynda Cooper who runs the CAP service in North Liverpool and South Sefton and debt coach Jean Beazley.

Sefton Central Labour's Bill Esterson has given his backing to a national debt charity that has received nearly 400 calls from people in the constituency since 2013.

A total of 372 calls for help from people in Sefton Central were received by National Debtline, the free advice service run by charity the Money Advice Trust, during 2013 and 2014.

In addition, the charity’s Business Debtline service, which advises the self-employed and other small business owners, received 30 calls from businesses in the constituency last year.

The charity also revealed that as only 17 percent of people with unmanageable debt in the UK seek advice, the need for debt help in Sefton Central is likely to be far higher than these figures suggest.  

The Money Advice Trust says that higher awareness of free debt advice in and around Sefton Central could “mean the difference between financial recovery and financial disaster” for thousands of people.  

After contacting National Debtline, 82 percent of people say they feel more in control and knowledgeable in managing their money.

Bill Esterson said he backed calls for debt assistance charities to be given wider promotion.

Bill said: "The National Debtline's figures are shocking. But with almost 400 people contacting the charity in under two years, I fear that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

"People have contacted me over the past few years with issues relating to debt and seeking help to get their finances straight. I have been able to signpost many to help, including to the National Debtline and also the fantastic Christians Against Poverty (CAP), who do great work in our communities here in Sefton Central.

"But I agree that more needs to be done to promote their work more widely so that people do know that they have got somewhere to turn to, somewhere they will get the help they need to turn unmanageable debt into manageable debt which they can pay off.

"I have worked closely over the years with CAP who have told me that they have seen a sharp rise in the number of people struggling with their finances. That is a concern for people in each community in this constituency who over the past five years have seen their incomes fall by on average £1,600.

"Sefton Central has more than 15,300 people on less than the living wage. That is over 40% of people in work - the fourth highest proportion of people on low pay in the country.

"More needs to be done to tackle the scandal of low pay and more needs to be done to help people who find themselves in the spiral of debt."

Bill said the Business Debtline's figures also raise concerns about the tough times local businesses find themselves in.

Bill said: "I have had countless meetings over recent years with local business people and groups representing local and small business. They each tell me the same things. Times are tough for local business.

"Local business is the backbone of the economy nationally and locally. It provides much-needed employment locally for many thousands of people.

"But local business is still finding it hard. They are not feeling any upturn in the economy.

"That is why I have continually supported the shop local campaigns and raised the issue of getting help to support local business in Parliament.

"And it is why I support Labour's plan to boost local and small businesses, which includes a cut in business rates for more than 1.5million small businesses.

"It is this help that will support struggling small businesses and in turn reduce the number of small business owners struggling with debt.

"Debt is a problem here in Sefton Central and nationally which is currently not being sufficiently addressed by David Cameron, Nick Clegg and George Osborne. We need an economy that works for everyone, not just the few at the top and we need help for people find themselves struggling with their finances.

"I will continue to push for greater help from government and I will continue to support the excellent work of our debt help charities."

Joanna Elson, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debline and Business Debtline, praised the work that MPs do to proactively support and promote debt advice charities.

Joanna said: "Whoever is elected as Member of Parliament for Sefton Central on May 7 needs to put promoting free debt advice in the area near the top of their to-do list after the General Election.  While National Debtline has given nearly 400 advice sessions to people in Sefton Central in the last two years, we know that potentially thousands more are suffering in silence.

"MPs can play a crucial role in the fight against problem debt – not only by directing people who come to them for help to the free advice they need, but also through raising awareness of services such as National Debtline in the local community.

"Our message to anyone in Sefton Central who is struggling to cope with problem debt is simple: seek free advice from a debt charity such as National Debtline as soon as possible.  The earlier you seek advice, the quicker and easier the problem will be to solve."

National Debtline offers free advice via 0808 808 4000 or www.nationaldebtline.org.  Its sister service Business Debtline can be contacted via 0800 197 6026 or www.businessdebtline.org

Sefton branch of Christians Against Poverty can be contacted on freephone 0800 328 0006.

Labour's Bill Esterson gives his backing to debt charity which has helped 400 people in Sefton Central since 2014

Sefton Central Labour's Bill Esterson has given his backing to a national debt charity that has received nearly 400 calls from people in the constituency since 2013.

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