UK workers to face biggest wage fall of any advanced economy in 2018, finds OECD

UK workers will face the biggest real wage fall of any advanced economy in 2018, according to OECD figures released today (Wednesday). The figures show that UK real wages will fall by 1.1% in 2018 – putting the UK and Finland at joint-bottom of the league for wage growth among OECD countries. All other OECD … Read more

A European Defence Fund: €5.5 billion per year to boost Europe’s defence capabilities

Today the Commission is launching a European Defence Fund to help Member States spend taxpayer money more efficiently, reduce duplications in spending, and get better value for money. Announced by President Juncker in September 2016, and backed by the European Council in December 2016, the Fund will coordinate, supplement and amplify national investments in defence research, in the … Read more

Children celebrate the Earth at town hall music concerts

A showcase of young musicians from across St Helens was held at the town hall recently, telling the story of the Earth, its inhabitants, and the effects humans have on the environment. The concerts featured local primary school choirs, professional and upcoming soloists all accompanied by St Helens Youth Orchestra and their professional music mentors. … Read more

School cuts a priority after the election

The problems for our schools are very real and very immediate, ranging from no money for glue sticks right up to considering closing earlier in the day simply to save money. All parties should commit to tackling this growing crisis. The joint union website www.schoolcuts.org.uk has been highlighting the extent of the problem. With 93% of schools … Read more

Local NHS calls for views from local patients

The local commissioners for health services, NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is looking to improve children’s continence service and is calling for views from local patients and carers. If a child in your family or care is supported by a continence service, the NHS would like to hear from you. Children who would … Read more