Mental health and child sexual exploitation will be discussed at the next Cheshire Police and Crime Panel and residents are invited to get involved.
The panel s next meeting is on Friday 25 September which will be taking place at 10am at Wyvern House, Winsford. Residents are invited to attend or watch the meeting on the webcast.
Councillor Howard Murray, Chair of the Panel, has called on the members of the public to submit their views and or questions. He said:
There are many different ways to take part and get involved of the work of the panel.
You can send us your questions and comments, attend the meeting, watch our live stream or keep up to date on social media. You can also read minutes from panel meetings on our website www.cheshirepcp.org.uk1. I would encourage local people to get involved in panel meetings and find out what is happening in their area.
Attend the meeting at 10am at Wyvern House, The Drummer, Winsford, CW7 1AH on Friday 25 September
The panel maintains a regular check on the performance of the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Commissioner consults with the panel on plans and budget for policing, as well as the level of council tax and the appointment of a Chief Constable.
Neighbourhood police teams will be visiting six of Marsden Building Society s branches; Barrowford, Colne, Burnley, Nelson, Lytham and Garstang throughout the week from 10am to 2pm to chat to members about various potential frauds and scams.
Whilst anyone can be a victim of a fraud or scam, a high percentage of these are targeted at the elderly. The Marsden work hard to train their staff on knowing their customers so that they are aware should any unusual behaviour or activity occurs. The team can be alerted by changes in transactional behaviour such as increased cash withdrawals over a period of time or a change in circumstances for their members
Inspector Martin Kane of Lancashire Police says: The week is all about educating people to be vigilant and to always question anything that doesn t look or feel right.
Scams can come in many guises, from online dating, door to door cold calling, to phishing emails asking for bank details, but the message is clear.
Remember: Think, Check, Act.
Heather Crinion, General Manager (Operations) at he Marsden Building Society added: As a local mutual for 155 years we have built up trust with our members. Our focus is to ensure that members are protected and their finances are safe. The week will be a great opportunity to educate our members on how to keep their homes safe and to be vigilant around their finances.
We are pleased to be partnering with Lancashire Constabulary over this week to build awareness for a cause that is very important to the Society, our staff and most importantly, our members.
Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner will be visiting the Burnley branch from 11.30am on Monday 10 August to chat to members about any fraud concerns.
Neighbourhood teams will be at the branches on the following dates, giving out fraud and anti-burglary literature.
Monday 10 August
James Street Burnley BB11 1NJ
Tuesday 11 August
Lytham, 10 Market Square Lytham FY8 5LW
Wednesday 12 August,
Barrowford, 80 Gisburn Road Barrowford BB9 6DT
Wednesday 12 August,
Colne 24-26 Albert Road Colne Lancs BB8 0AA
Thursday 13 August,
Garstang, Cherestanc Square, Park Hill Road, PR3 1EF
Friday 14 August,
Principal Office, 6-20 Russell Street Nelson BB9 7NJ
All events will be running from 10am – 2pm
The Society is inviting customers to pop into branch and meet their local neighbourhood police teams to make sure they re doing everything they can to remain vigilant.
Should you have any questions, get in touch with your local Marsden team.
Taking action on climate change is the “ultimate insurance policy” to protect UK families and businesses, Amber Rudd will say.
In her first major speech on tackling global warming, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary will say measures to curb rising temperatures are about ensuring economic security. She will tell business leaders at an event in the City of London that unchecked climate change would have a profound economic impact, leading to lower growth, higher prices and a lower quality of life. And, after a series of announcements of cuts to green policies, she will insist that the Conservatives are committed to taking action on climate change, in ways that will keep bills down and encourage businesses to innovate, grow and create jobs.
She is expected to say: “The Conservatives are committed to taking action on climate change and we are clear that our long-term economic plan goes hand in hand with a long-term plan for the climate. “Climate action is about security, plain and simple – economic security. “The economic impact of unchecked climate change would be profound: lower growth, higher prices, a lower quality of life.
“So I see climate action as a vital safety net for our families and business, protection for our homes, our livelihoods, our prosperity. “It is the ultimate insurance policy.” And Ms Rudd will say that if climate change action aims to preserve economic prosperity, measures to cut emissions must be “pro-growth and pro-business”.
“That is why the Conservative approach will keep the costs of bills down and encourage businesses to innovate, grow and create jobs.” Securing an ambitious new global deal on climate change, which it is hoped will be agreed at key international talks in Paris at the end of the year, is the best way to convince the private sector and investors that the world is serious about the issue, she will say. Her comments come after the Government has announced cuts to subsidies for new onshore wind schemes, large scale and smaller solar farms and a decision to drop targets to make new homes “zero-carbon” from next year.
She will tell the audience that the Government can create the framework and provide support, predictability and stability for the shift to a low-carbon economy. “But that support must help technologies eventually stand on their own two feet, not encourage a permanent reliance on subsidy,” she will warn. And the best way to deliver the low carbon economy is by using free markets, free enterprise and competition to drive down the costs of climate action and develop new technologies, and with businesses recognising the opportunities of a clean economy, she will say.
Friends of the Earth chief executive Craig Bennett said there was a “huge gulf” between the rhetoric of the new Tory Government on climate change and the reality of what it was doing. “It’s hard to have too many problems with the rhetoric Amber Rudd is saying. The problem is the reality, and almost everything the Government has done on this agenda since May 8 contradicts delivery on that rhetoric.
“They have already dismantled much of the framework to create a low-carbon Britain which had been put in place by Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat governments.” Moves such as cutting renewable subsidies and scrapping energy efficiency measures and low-carbon home targets were creating huge investor uncertainty and doubts in the business community on how serious the Government is on the agenda, he said. “The reality is the UK will go to Paris as a huge embarrassment to the rest of the world.”
His comments came as Prime Minister David Cameron insisted his administration had lived up to his promise to be the “greenest government ever”.
But Mr Bennett said: “If this Government carries on the way it has for the last few weeks it will be unquestionably the greyest government ever.”
And he accused ministers of hypocrisy for saying technologies must eventually stand on their own two feet and not be always reliant on handouts as they cut renewables payments, while preparing to subsidise well-established but still costly nuclear power and giving tax breaks to fossil fuels.