Savers to be able to access £1,500 tax-free for pension advice

People planning their retirement will be able to withdraw up to £1,500 from their pension pots tax-free to pay for financial advice, under plans unveiled by the government today. The new Pension Advice Allowance, first announced at Autumn Statement 2016, will enable people to withdraw £500 up to three occasions from their pension pots tax-free … Read more

UK steps up work to protect women and girls from trafficking and provide winter care for vulnerable refugees

PM announces new package of UK aid to provide desperately needed assistance to refugees and migrants. The UK is helping migrants return home rather than risk their lives continuing perilous journeys to Europe, and protecting men, women and children in danger of trafficking and sexual violence, Prime Minister Theresa May announced today. Speaking at the … Read more

Our West Lancashire welcome new steam room at Park Pool

Council Independents highlight the change in attitude to the Park Pool facility since public outcry saw closure proposal dropped Users of the health suite at Park Pool will benefit from a new steam room which is being installed next week (6thFebruary), in the latest of a series of improvements at the popular Ormskirk facility. The … Read more

Pupils’ work of art brightens up Hope House

Pupils from St Helens Council’s Tuition Service have been showing off their arty side after producing artwork to help brighten up Hope House. Following a pupil-organised charity event before Christmas which saw winter packs distributed for the town’s homeless, pupils Anais Grierson, 13, Ellie Taylor, 13, Emily Philbin, 16 and Kay Foster, 16, decided they … Read more

Examine your options this winter

Winter can be a particularly challenging time for the regions health services, but health chiefs in West Lancashire, Southport and Formby are urging local residents to examine their options to help ease pressure on your local A&E and 999 services. The Examine your Options campaign, aims to give people information so that they know where to … Read more