Liverpool Economy – Liverpool IL http://liverpool-il.com/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 08:19:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://liverpool-il.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1-150x150.png Liverpool Economy – Liverpool IL http://liverpool-il.com/ 32 32 The train to nowhere – UK National Rail Strike Day 3 https://liverpool-il.com/the-train-to-nowhere-uk-national-rail-strike-day-3/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 08:19:06 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/the-train-to-nowhere-uk-national-rail-strike-day-3/ With zero movement on either side of the conflict, we came to Day 3 of the National Railway Strike. Which might be open if we’re lucky – Image, Network Rail – https://www.networkrail.co.uk/industrial-action/. If we’re lucky, 20% of trains will run on limited parts of the UK’s national rail network, with most main lines having some […]]]>

With zero movement on either side of the conflict, we came to Day 3 of the National Railway Strike.


Which might be open if we’re lucky – Image, Network Rail – https://www.networkrail.co.uk/industrial-action/.

If we’re lucky, 20% of trains will run on limited parts of the UK’s national rail network, with most main lines having some sort of service, while branch lines and regional services will see no service today today.

On open lines, expect very limited service during limited opening hours between 07:30 and 18:30.

A high resolution PDF map can be found here.

Which train companies are impacted?

The full list (with strike ratings from each site) is below.

Some companies do not experience strikes, however, are affected by the Network Rail strike (such as Transport for Wales and Govia Thameslink Railway), while some companies have ceased service during strike periods (such as Merseyrail).

To note, london underground is not affected by this strike.

For completeness, here are the confirmed plans from each train operating company:

When will the trains run?

Limited operations on these days will be from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during strike days. Expect the simplest of stripped down services, with capacity, with hourly or half hourly services, with late departure times and very early arrivals.

Even during these opening hours, expect services to start very late and end early so trips can be made before 6.30pm.

Are airport services impacted?

Yes. If you arrive outside designated service hours, you will need to find an alternate route between your airport and your final destination. The reverse applies if you are going to the airport.

Serving the London area:

  • Heathrow Express expects services to end early on the days leading up to strike days and offer service every half hour between 7.30am and 6.30pm.
  • Elizabeth Line is expected to be heavily impacted.
  • Gatwick Express will not operate any services. Use Southern or Thameslink services instead, with two trains per hour running over the London Victora/London Bridge to Brighton Line.
  • Stansted Express will operate two trains per hour between London Liverpool Street and Stansted.

The DLR to London City Airport is unaffected, however, it is expected to be much busier than normal.

Can I get a refund?

According to National Rail:

  • Refunds: If your service has been cancelled, delayed or rescheduled, you will be entitled to a change or refund from the original retailer of your ticket.
  • Changes to travel plans: If you have a ticket to travel on June 21, 23 or 25, you can use this ticket either the day before the date indicated on the ticket or until Monday and Tuesday inclusive of the following week ( excluding subscriptions). Please contact the original reseller of your ticket for more information.
  • Change train company or route: To minimize disruption, you may be able to use your ticket on another train company or route. Please contact the train company you need to travel with for more information

See https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/industrialaction.aspx.

What are the alternatives – if any?

At this point in the game it may be possible to take a Megabus, Flixbus or National Express service, but expect them to be crowded.

Local transport options such as buses and trams will feel the impact of the strikes, and they are expected to be much busier than normal.

For those looking to use taxis, rideshares, or even rent a car, expect surge rates to be your worst enemy.

As for hotels and such, expect pressure on them this week as well.

Plan well ahead or consider ditching your trip

I rarely suggest abandoning a trip, but this week’s rail strike is going to have a big impact on how you get from A to B this week.

If you don’t need to travel, or if you can fire up that copy of Microsoft Teams/Zoom you downloaded at the start of the pandemic and work remotely, I would.

If you must travel, keep an eye on https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/industrialaction.aspx first and plan your trip down to the minute.

Failure to do so could mean unexpected stops where you least want them.


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Brits only have 100 days left to use these paper tickets https://liverpool-il.com/brits-only-have-100-days-left-to-use-these-paper-tickets/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 23:01:00 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/brits-only-have-100-days-left-to-use-these-paper-tickets/ Britons have until September 30 to spend or deposit their £20 and £50 paper notes, the Bank of England has warned. (Credit: Adobe) Brits will have just 100 days to get rid of their remaining paper £20 and £50 notes. New polymer banknotes have been issued in recent years by the Bank of England, which […]]]>
Britons have until September 30 to spend or deposit their £20 and £50 paper notes, the Bank of England has warned. (Credit: Adobe)

Brits will have just 100 days to get rid of their remaining paper £20 and £50 notes.

New polymer banknotes have been issued in recent years by the Bank of England, which will soon become the only physical currency accepted for those looking to spend £20 or £50 notes.

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The bank encourages people in possession of the paper notes to spend or deposit them before the 100-day deadline.

The Bank of England estimated that there were still around £6 billion worth of £20 notes in the UK, while there were £8 billion worth of £50 notes.

When will £20 and £50 paper notes be withdrawn from circulation?

It has been confirmed that you will need to spend your remaining paper tickets by September 30, 2022.

With around 300 million £20 paper notes and 160 million £50 paper notes still in circulation, consumers are advised to spend their remaining notes or deposit them into their bank account at a bank, building society or post Office.

However, you will no longer be able to deposit them after September 30, as paper notes are no longer legal tender after this date.

What did the Bank of England say?

The Bank of England’s chief cashier, Sarah John, said: “The change in our banknotes from paper to polymer over the past few years has been a significant development, as it makes them more difficult to counterfeit and means that they are more durable.

“The majority of paper banknotes have now been removed from circulation, but a significant number remain in the economy, so we ask that you check to see if you have any at home.

“For the next 100 days, these can still be used or deposited to your bank in the usual way.”

Which tickets are valid for use after September 30?

The Bank of England recently made the switch to move all banknote denominations to a more durable polymer design.

The £5 and £10 notes have already been fully replaced, with paper notes in these denominations being phased out in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

A year ago, the bank introduced the £50 polymer note featuring scientist and famous codebreaker Alan Turing.

The £20 polymer note, released in February 2020, features artist JMW Turner.

All Bank of England polymer banknotes will be eligible for use in the UK as legal tender after 30 September.

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More acts have been added to the LIMF 2022 lineup https://liverpool-il.com/more-acts-have-been-added-to-the-limf-2022-lineup/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 23:01:49 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/more-acts-have-been-added-to-the-limf-2022-lineup/ 06/21/2022 The already packed schedule of the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) has expanded with over 60 acts added to the line-up. Taking place from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July, the festival is getting a facelift in 2022 as a multi-site city center event with the aim of boosting Liverpool’s music sector which has […]]]>

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The already packed schedule of the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) has expanded with over 60 acts added to the line-up.

Taking place from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July, the festival is getting a facelift in 2022 as a multi-site city center event with the aim of boosting Liverpool’s music sector which has suffered from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tickets are already on sale for artists such as UB40 ft Ali Campbell, De La Soul and Heather Small, with two of the concerts – The Zutons and Girls Don’t Sync – already sold out.

The organizers have now announced that there is even more to enjoy, including a Back to watch event celebrating Liverpool‘s legendary 70s soul and R&B nightclub by legendary DJ Les Spaine and American rock band We are scientists will perform at the Arts Club Liverpool.

With a focus on making music as accessible as possible, many of the new LIMF additions are completely FREE. These include:

  • A set at The Merchant with DJ Greg Wilson who is considered one of the most important figures in the British dance scene.
  • A special nod to the impact of the festival’s talent development program with The LIMF Academy Presents… which will see Academy talent showcased at the Kazimier Stockroom throughout the weekend. Expect performances from the current cohort and some alumni making special appearances including Jalen Ngonda, IAmKyami, Amber Jay, Ni Maxine and many more.
  • Always do the right thing – LIMF partners with BOLD and Liverpool John Moores University to deepen the relationship between music, art, fashion and activism using Spike Lee do the right thing as a stimulant. Creative responses will be on display and panel discussions will take place on Saturday. Sunday will see the live element of the program with performances at the District by the hip-hop duo Children of Zeus, Grammy-winning jazz duo Blue Lab Beats and emerging reggae-soul artist, Aleighcia Scott among others.
  • Dark Nights Trail – A tour around Liverpool 8 to explore and find out why most people in the African Diaspora chose to party closer to home on weekends back then, and the role these clubs had on the local community and the wider Liverpool music scene. It is led by poet, author, musician and presenter Curtis Watt.
  • DJ sets at the Bombed Out Church in the afternoon and early evening on Sundays offer a variety of musical genres for all tastes. It is hosted by Sisu which is dedicated to showcasing women and non-binary DJs and Keep it cryptic who are the masters of secret dance parties. The musical program with star DJs from both teams.

Venues include M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Bombed Out (St Luke’s) Church, Invisible Wind Factory, 24 Kitchen Street, District, Arts Club Liverpool, Camp and Furnace, The Merchant, Kazimier Stockroom, LJMU John Lennon Art & Design Building, Ettie’s and Chapters of Us.

In addition to scheduling concerts at venues, the LIMF team has also supported a number of promoters across the city to enable them to stage their own events as part of LIMF 2022, adding more to the offering for music lovers during the weekend. Some of these shows including EVOL presents… We are scientists plus support for Arts Club Liverpool, and A jazz event courtesy of The Wombat at Etties.

Liverpool Cabinet Member for Culture and the Visitor Economy, Councilor Harry Doyle, said:

“Music lovers are truly spoiled for choice with LIMF’s programming! There’s so much going on in a weekend and I’m glad to see there are so many free events.

“LIMF’s ethos has always been to make live music as accessible as possible and so ticket prices are always kept low. Although this is a venue-based event this year, we are sticking to this ethos and at the same time ensuring that we attract much-needed attendance to venues – large and small – who have been hit so hard by the pandemic.

“It’s going to be a great weekend and with two of the events already sold out, I urge people to get their tickets as soon as possible.”

LIMF Curator Yaw Owusu said:

“LIMF programming has been very rewarding this year and we have received excellent support from our venues who are excited about the economic boost they will receive from being part of the LIMF team.

“It’s also great to be supporting the city’s music promoters with a dedicated fund to help them organize events under the LIMF banner – it feels like we’re making a conscious and concerted effort to inject renewed energy into our musical ecosystem.

“As always, it’s a diverse LIMF lineup with so many musical genres highlighted over the three days, so there really is something for everyone. I’m really proud of how this year has turned out and it’s great to bring live music back to the city on such an impressive scale again.

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Ni Maxine of The Wombat, who is partnering with LIMF to host A Jazz Happening, said:

“For so long we have wanted to create a space in Liverpool for jazz artists to come together and collaborate and be fairly paid for their contributions and this would not be possible without the generous support of the Liverpool International Music Festival. We look forward to to be able to contribute to the wonderful offer of the LIMF 2022!

Ticket prices vary by venue, with prices ranging from just £5 to £35 plus booking fee. Some events will be free but tickets are still required for many of them. #LIMF2022

For details on the lineup to date and to qualify for Early Bird tickets, visit the LIMF website here.

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Nottingham Forest sent a contract plea to Brice Samba amid Man Utd transfer blow https://liverpool-il.com/nottingham-forest-sent-a-contract-plea-to-brice-samba-amid-man-utd-transfer-blow/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 15:03:22 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/nottingham-forest-sent-a-contract-plea-to-brice-samba-amid-man-utd-transfer-blow/ Nottingham Forest fans are calling on the club to review contract talks with goalkeeper Brice Samba after they reportedly received a blow in their transfer talks with Manchester United over a loan deal for Dean Henderson. The 25-year-old England international has been linked with a temporary switch to the City Ground this month, but the […]]]>

Nottingham Forest fans are calling on the club to review contract talks with goalkeeper Brice Samba after they reportedly received a blow in their transfer talks with Manchester United over a loan deal for Dean Henderson.

The 25-year-old England international has been linked with a temporary switch to the City Ground this month, but the move would no longer include the option to buy which could open up the possibility of bringing James Garner back again. These early rumors emerged in light of reports that Samba, who has just 12 months left on his contract, turned down an extension offer from the club.

Forest fans will be hoping this reported move from Man United will inspire the Reds to redouble their efforts to retain their current keeper this summer. Here is a selection of the reaction to the latest Henderson update on our Forest news Facebook page and the Nottinghamshire Live comments section.

READ: Forest suffer Man Utd transfer blow as Henderson update emerges

READ: Forest ‘pushing’ for key Man Utd transfer details

REVD : You don’t want or need Henderson – settle a contract with Samba and save tens of millions in the process. Heard Henderson was on £100,000 a week – he’d have to take a 75% pay cut before we even considered joining him. IMO – we have a great keeper in Samba.

mikkhntl : I would like to know the truth about Brice, he is a greedy agent, he is homesick or what? Surely he wants to play in the best league in the world.

Forestkev : If we can’t get that with a call option, maybe we could start looking elsewhere or try to get Samba to change its mind.

juba : No headache if it’s a choice between a dubious English goalkeeper or Jimmy Garner COYR KEEP SAMBA.

ChrissyD : So hard to know which is better as we haven’t heard directly from people in the know so we can only speculate. I never thought that when we got a promotion we would talk about a Samba move and we still don’t know if that’s going to happen or not. If he’s away, I’d be worried about having a first-choice keeper on a loan-only deal.

There would be at least two games he couldn’t play for us (Man Utd home and away) and our second keeper (Horvath) also seems unsteady in wanting regular football. What a mess! IF Samba leaves and IF we go for Henderson, we need an option to buy clause. It would open up a potential Garner loan and give us more security in this pivotal role. Let’s not give in to every Man Utd wish – we have to stick to our guns around what’s best for us!

Sean Patrick: We are not going to sign it.

Aaron J. Owen: It’s all about Garner. Apparently I’m trying to buy it. We’ll see.

Redisthecolor : Still in shock about Samba, but if we can get Henderson, we really must. I expect a wave of announcements on July 1 when the contracts end. There have been very few confirmed signings in the PL so far. We shouldn’t panic at all. Concerning the situation of the goalkeeper; I can see Hovarth asking for a loan until January to get some games, with the WC coming up. This could leave us with Smith as a backup keeper for 6 months – not ideal!!

Who do you want as Forest’s number one next season? Have your say in the comments section…

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PRESS RELEASE: Building a Great Workplace at Seisma Group https://liverpool-il.com/press-release-building-a-great-workplace-at-seisma-group/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 22:40:44 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/press-release-building-a-great-workplace-at-seisma-group/ TERMS OF USE By sending a press release and/or subscribing to our service spread the wordyou agree to the following terms of use, limitations, quality policy and fair use policy. spread the word reserves the right to suspend or delete your account if any of the conditions below are not met. spread the word reserves […]]]>

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Delays in sales could bring Wirral Council some much-needed cash https://liverpool-il.com/delays-in-sales-could-bring-wirral-council-some-much-needed-cash/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 15:49:04 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/delays-in-sales-could-bring-wirral-council-some-much-needed-cash/ The sale of two plots of land which could bring hundreds of thousands of pounds to Wirral Council has been delayed. The authority’s economy, regeneration and housing committee was due to approve proposals to hand over its freehold interest in Dominick House, Liscard, for £230,000 and land on Cross Lane, Wallasey, for £150,000 at its […]]]>

The sale of two plots of land which could bring hundreds of thousands of pounds to Wirral Council has been delayed.

The authority’s economy, regeneration and housing committee was due to approve proposals to hand over its freehold interest in Dominick House, Liscard, for £230,000 and land on Cross Lane, Wallasey, for £150,000 at its meeting on Monday evening. However, it was confirmed that due to an impending by-election in Liscard, the Dominick House transaction would be put on hold.

The continuation of the sale of Cross Lane is now also postponed due to technical problems. Committee chairman Cllr Tony Jones said further reports on the issues would be presented to the group.

READ MORE:Four things we learned from the Liverpool Council planning committee

Cllr Ian Lewis said while he understands the postponement of cases in Liscard he was “concerned for a number of reasons” about the halt in proceedings around Cross Lane. The Tory MP for Wallasey said he had cast doubt in the minds of people looking to buy and sell properties on Cross Lane and felt there had been no adequate notification to ward councilors .

He said: “Further delays will cause further problems for residents.” Alan Evans, Regeneration and Venue Manager, said the matter had been delayed as the council was working on technical issues with its local plan and would return to the committee at its next meeting.

An election is being held in the Liscard district following the resignation of Dave Brennan, just over 12 months after being elected. Mr Brennan, who said he would continue to campaign for Labour, resigned earlier this month for personal reasons.

Voters will go to the polls in the ward on Thursday July 14 and as a result full ownership of Dominick House will remain under council auspices until then at least. Liscard is currently a safe seat for Labor and the party will expect to retain it when voters go to the polls.

Wirral Council is seeking to dispose of Dominick House ‘to generate capital income from the sale of the council interest and to enable the tenant to have a sufficient legal interest in the property to justify its refurbishment’. According to an internal report, its sale of land in Cross Lane “would provide a major business investment and job creation opportunity for West Wallasey Car and Van Hire (WWCVH)”.

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Liverpool’s tallest hotel with panoramic views set to open next month https://liverpool-il.com/liverpools-tallest-hotel-with-panoramic-views-set-to-open-next-month/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/liverpools-tallest-hotel-with-panoramic-views-set-to-open-next-month/ The opening of what will be Liverpool’s tallest hotel has been confirmed. The brand new Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village hotel is located at the eastern entrance to the city and is one of the tallest buildings in the area. As the 16-storey building is located on a hill, its top floor will offer the highest […]]]>

The opening of what will be Liverpool’s tallest hotel has been confirmed.

The brand new Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village hotel is located at the eastern entrance to the city and is one of the tallest buildings in the area. As the 16-storey building is located on a hill, its top floor will offer the highest hotel rooms in the city, with stunning panoramic views of Merseyside.

The 221-bed hotel is due to officially open this summer on July 4 and will be the flagship hotel for the £1billion Paddington Village development. Last year, the Spine Building also opened on the site which is now the northern headquarters of the Royal College of Physicians and the Pandemic Institute.

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In December, plans were also announced for a new building called Hemisphere which could one day join Novotel and The Spine on the development site overlooking Liverpool Royal Hospital.

ECHO was recently invited on a tour of the new Novotel which showed the range of impressive views that can be seen from the upper floors. The hotel also has a large common area in its lobby, with its bar and restaurant located on the upper level.

Completed by Morgan Sindall Construction, the Liverpool City Council-owned hotel is franchised by Accor and will be managed by Legacy Hotels & Resorts on behalf of the authority. The hotel was designed by Ryder Architecture, with Faithful+Gould acting as project manager.

Last month, ECHO reported that the hotel is expected to cost Liverpool City Council £43million. A 2019 cabinet report estimated the construction cost of the project at £40 million.

Howard Lewis will be the hotel’s general manager and lead the team overseeing the project once it opens to the public next month. He said: “The Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village will be a game-changer for Liverpool and bring something new and exciting to the already world-class hotel offering for which the city is renowned.

“As one of the first brands to be part of the £1 billion Paddington Village development, we are also in a unique position as a key player in the town’s vision to be a major international destination for the life sciences, healthcare and technology industries.

“We are more than just a hotel, and I look forward to guests walking through our lobby for an unforgettable hospitality experience, with that world-renowned Scouse welcome. I want this hotel to be a destination that the local community can be proud of and can call their own.

Cllr Sarah Doyle, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Development, said: “The opening of the city’s new Novotel will be a big moment for Paddington Village and the wider knowledge district. I wish the hotel every success and all those who are employed to work there.

“Successful regeneration programs provide opportunities that change not only the economy, but also people’s lives and careers, and that’s exactly what Paddington Village does.”

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Royal Liverpool could take over Hoylake Municipal course https://liverpool-il.com/royal-liverpool-could-take-over-hoylake-municipal-course/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 15:15:03 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/royal-liverpool-could-take-over-hoylake-municipal-course/ Deeside.com > News Job : Fri, June 10, 2022 The Royal Liverpool Golf Club wants to take over another course nearby to energize the site of the Open Championship. Hoylake Open Championship Host Golf Club wants to take over Hoylake Municipal to help provide better facilities for golf’s most prestigious competition. The Royal Liverpool Golf […]]]>

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The Royal Liverpool Golf Club wants to take over another course nearby to energize the site of the Open Championship.

Hoylake Open Championship Host Golf Club wants to take over Hoylake Municipal to help provide better facilities for golf’s most prestigious competition.

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club is seeking to acquire the public course, one of two which closed on April 1 after the Wirral Council withdrew its funding.

The golf club’s bid would see it run a short course of up to nine holes and a driving range that would be accessible to entry-level golfers and elite players alike.

Royal Liverpool would use the Hoylake Municipal clubhouse for a golf shop, which would sell food and drink, and wildlife habitats and nature trails accessible to the local community would also be created on the land currently occupied by the course audience.

Royal Liverpool said the Wirral Council Hoylake Municipal is a key part of The Open Championship infrastructure, providing among other things training facilities and the ‘tent village’, and that without this they cannot organize this global event in the city.

The tournament brings in around £100m to the economy of Wirral and the Liverpool region as a whole. But Royal Liverpool must get approval from the Wirral Council for their plans.

On June 16, the authority’s tourism and recreation committee will decide whether to approve the club’s plan and take it to the next stage. The Royal Liverpool plan is not the only one on the table.

Two bids to operate Hoylake Municipal as a non-profit 18-hole course and develop grassroots golf in the area have also been received.

Both deals seek to use the clubhouse to sell food and drink and host community events.

But Royal Liverpool’s offer is the highest based on the Wirral Council’s criteria and the committee is recommended to take their offer to the next stage.

George Morgan – Local Democracy Journalist

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A housing assistance plan to be used to buy homes will be announced today, according to reports https://liverpool-il.com/a-housing-assistance-plan-to-be-used-to-buy-homes-will-be-announced-today-according-to-reports/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 01:55:10 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/a-housing-assistance-plan-to-be-used-to-buy-homes-will-be-announced-today-according-to-reports/ Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce plans to allow low-income workers to use housing benefit to help buy their own homes. Mr Johnson is expected to argue that the £30billion in housing benefit that currently funds rent payments could help people take out mortgages. The Prime Minister is also expected to announce […]]]>

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce plans to allow low-income workers to use housing benefit to help buy their own homes. Mr Johnson is expected to argue that the £30billion in housing benefit that currently funds rent payments could help people take out mortgages.

The Prime Minister is also expected to announce an extension of the right to purchase for tenants of housing associations. Mr Johnson is expected to make the announcements in a major speech in Lancashire later today.

The news was first reported by The Times, which added that a plan to give millions of renters the chance to pay for housing association properties with discounts of up to 70% will be likely limited to pilot programs at first, with no additional government funding.

The housing reforms come as Mr Johnson seeks to repair his fortunes after a deadly Tory revolt against his leaders. He survived a vote of no confidence despite the fact that 148 of his own MPs – or 41% of Tories – said they wanted him removed from No 10.

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On Wednesday, Mr Johnson said the government would ‘expand home ownership to millions of people’.

In his speech today, Mr Johnson is set to say: ‘We have the tools we need to bring rising prices under control. Global headwinds are strong, but our engines are stronger.

“And, while it’s not going to be quick or easy, you can be sure things will get better, that we’ll come out of this a strong country with a healthy economy.”

Shadow minister Jess Phillips wondered how the housing assistance policy would work as people with more than £16,000 in savings and investments are not eligible for Universal Credit. The Labor MP said: ‘It’s almost as if Boris Johnson isn’t doing a lot of work on benefits.

Plans to allow tenants to buy their social housing at a discount were included in David Cameron’s Tory manifesto in 2015, but the pledge has not materialised. Mr Johnson has pledged to consider new pilots for the program ahead of the 2019 general election.

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Metro strike: Urgent warning as travel chaos erupts again tonight as workers walk off the job https://liverpool-il.com/metro-strike-urgent-warning-as-travel-chaos-erupts-again-tonight-as-workers-walk-off-the-job/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 16:02:00 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/metro-strike-urgent-warning-as-travel-chaos-erupts-again-tonight-as-workers-walk-off-the-job/ Commuters face travel chaos again tonight amid the misery of the Tube strike – and tomorrow morning’s travel will also be affected. Britons ‘fed up’ returning to the office after the four-day bank holiday have faced huge delays as Transport for London (TfL) workers depart. ten Commuters face hardship after subway workers leave ten Huge […]]]>

Commuters face travel chaos again tonight amid the misery of the Tube strike – and tomorrow morning’s travel will also be affected.

Britons ‘fed up’ returning to the office after the four-day bank holiday have faced huge delays as Transport for London (TfL) workers depart.

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Commuters face hardship after subway workers leave
Huge queues have formed for bus services at Victoria Station as the 24-hour strike continues

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Huge queues have formed for bus services at Victoria Station as the 24-hour strike continues
London Bridge was also busy as workers waited patiently for buses

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London Bridge was also busy as workers waited patiently for busesCredit: LNP
The pavements outside Liverpool Street station were packed with people waiting for buses

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The pavements outside Liverpool Street station were packed with people waiting for busesCredit: Alamy
Thousands of TfL workers quit in a row over pensions

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Thousands of TfL workers quit in a row over pensionsCredit: Tom Bowles / Story Picture Agency

The strikes won’t end until 8 a.m. tomorrow, which means those who go home tonight and return tomorrow will have even more problems.

Downing Street slammed the ‘deeply disappointing’ decision today after cops were called to stations to deal with furious Londoners, and office workers were told to stay home to avoid delays.

Meanwhile, there was confusion and anger after the TfL website and app wrongly suggested some services were still running – only for passengers to find out they were in fact suspended.

Queues piled up as travelers tried to enter train stations before pouring into bus stops and taxi ranks.

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Some have even compared the battle for an Uber to the Hunger Games, with hour and a half delays for a car.

Once they found their vehicle, they faced queues on the roads. Congestion was 41% higher at peak times compared to the same time last week, according to TomTom.

Up to 4,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have quit their jobs in a bitter row over jobs and pensions.

And today’s action could be just the start of a dreaded ‘summer of discontent’.

Unions recently threatened a nationwide railway strike, which would force Network Rail to operate on a skeletal timetable to reserve tracks for the movement of goods.

Civil servants have also threatened to call a nationwide strike that could disrupt ports, courts and airports after being offered a 2% pay rise.

Boris Johnson’s spokesman said today: ‘This type of action is deeply disappointing and it is not what the public wants to see, not what we want to see for businesses still trying to recover after the pandemic, with people’s lives being disrupted in London.

“Obviously industrial relations at TfL is the business of TfL and the Mayor, but it is clear that under the current funding regulations TfL must take all reasonable steps to avoid industrial action.”

The DLR, London Overground and trams are still running, although services are packed.

Commuters recounted their “bloody nightmare” this morning.

Tracy Brown, 45, a mum-of-three from Acton, said: “Getting three kids ready in the morning for school is hard enough without a subway strike making it harder.

“I’m sick of running around to get my kids to school on time because some people are so greedy.”

Paul Glennon, 52, a construction worker in central London, said: “It’s a reality check for all of us. No more parties and parades.

“I spent my whole morning riding and waiting for crowded buses in the rain. A bloody nightmare.”

Others were stunned and confused by TfL’s travel advice on their website, as commuters crowded around the tube entrance at Waterloo station.

William said he had read the TfL website, which advised commuters to travel between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Mondays.

However, when he reached the Waterloo tube, it was closed.

“I just wish they had put the right information in place,” he said.

“I personally don’t agree with the strikes as they stand anyway.

“However, if they strike and they’ve gone through the right process to do so, it’s out of my control.

“So the information online should be the correct information that allows people to plan their trip.”

There was also misinformation about the TfL Go app which incorrectly planned people’s journeys as though certain lines were still running.

THE MISERY OF THE TUBE

A weary commuter tweeted: ‘If you assumed Finsbury Park tube stop was open because the TfL website said so… it’s not.

Another added: “The TfL app and website showing that the Elizabeth line is operating as normal, when in fact it doesn’t stop at Liverpool Street, seems like an important detail to miss when there’s a subway strike.”

TfL claims the strikers were misinformed. Bosses say there are no proposals to change pensions or conditions, and no one will lose their jobs.

Instead, the organization has proposed that 500 to 600 positions go unfilled when they become vacant as people leave or change jobs.

But the RMT said that under the current proposals 600 jobs will be lost, employment agreements will be torn up and the looming threat to pensions remains.

Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, said: “I would like to apologize to London for the impact this strike will have on travel.

“We know this is going to be detrimental to London and the economy, at a time when public transport is playing a crucial role in the capital‘s recovery.

“While our aim is always to help everyone get around London when they want, the expected impact of the RMT’s action means we have to advise people to only travel if necessary, as many stations can be closed.

Metro alternatives, including bus and train networks, are likely to be much busier than usual

Andy LordTfL Chief Operating Officer

“Alternatives to the metro, including the bus and train networks, are likely to be much busier than usual and we expect the severe disruption caused by this strike to continue into the morning of Tuesday 7 June.

“No changes have been proposed to pensions and no one has lost or will lose their job as a result of the proposals we have made.

“Working with us to find a solution is the best course of action, avoiding the disruption this strike will cause to Londoners and the economy.”

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “We demand a direct face-to-face meeting with Mayor Sadiq Khan to settle this mess.

“There is no point in our union continuing to sit in front of management representatives who have neither the desire nor the authority to negotiate a settlement, when the power rests with the mayor.”

Richard Burge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are extremely disappointed that the RMT has called for a massive walkout by TfL workers close to the Queen’s Jubilee weekend, when London will be full of visitors.

“The past two years have hit London disproportionately and the capital is desperately trying to regain some sense of normality after two tumultuous years.

“This strike now puts TfL in the position of having to recommend that Londoners work from home.

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“Ultimately, this will only hurt London’s economy and it’s time for TfL to settle its dispute with the RMT so we can start building prosperity again and show the world that London is an open business. “

RMT members on the metro are also taking action ahead of a strike – meaning station staff may not work overtime until Sunday July 10 – leading to last-minute station closures.

Congestion soared 42% by this time last week.  There were long queues on the A102

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Congestion soared 42% by this time last week. There were long queues on the A102Credit: LNP
Incorrect information on TfL's website this morning added to the confusion

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Incorrect information on TfL’s website this morning added to the confusion
Commuters lined up in the rain for the crowded buses

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Commuters lined up in the rain for the crowded buses
Londoners took refuge at Tottenham Court as they faced miserable weather

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Londoners took refuge at Tottenham Court as they faced miserable weather
Victoria Station has closed its underground services

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Victoria Station has closed its underground services
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