Six weeks paternity leave for fathers
Liberal Democrats will give fathers an extra four weeks paternity leave under manifesto plans announced today.  Currently fathers are entitled to two weeks paternity leave but the Liberal Democrats want to go further and dedicate an extra four weeks exclusively to fathers. This will increase the protected paternity leave for dads to six weeks.  The coalition is already introducing shared parental leave in April 2015, with the first parents eligible for the leave finding out they are expecting now. Liberal Democrat Business and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said: “Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society where everybody has the opportunity to get ... More
N E Lincs Council’s Annual fraud report published
The on-going fight against the theft of public money has once again been documented in North East Lincolnshire Council’s annual fraud report. Covering the period from April 2013 to March 2014, the report sets out the council’s policy on dealing with those who try to steal money, both from inside and outside of the organisation. During this time, enforcement action has included investigations and subsequent disciplinary hearings where staff fraud or financial misconduct was suspected. Six council employees were dismissed without notice with one staff member resigning prior to a disciplinary hearing. Examples of the issues for which staff were dismissed include theft, ... More
Beware of cold-callers in N E Lincs selling replacement boilers
Householders in North East Lincolnshire are being warned about unsolicited doorstep callers offering replacement boilers at low costs. The warning from trading standards officers comes after instances of traders cashing-in on the government’s ECO/Green Deal scheme of subsidising energy efficiency improvements. The scheme now allows some people to have their old boilers replaced with new energy efficient ones for free, with many others eligible for Green Deal Loans. Recent reports have indicated that some customers have been duped into paying an up-front fee of up to £300 believing it covers the cost of the new boiler and installation, when it is merely to ... More
Date revealed for reopening of Grimsby ice rink
The ice rink at Grimsby Leisure Centre is expected to reopen early next month. Work on the temporary ice pad has progressed ahead of schedule meaning the new rink will now open at 6am on Friday, September 5. Ice Tech UK has been at the centre laying the ice pad after failure of the leisure centre’s refrigeration system forced the rink to close in June. Users have since been told they face increased fees when the rink reopens. Prices for disabled sessions have remained unchanged, with other individual sessions seeing price increases ranging from 70p for a junior casual skate, to an increase of ... More
Humberside Police: Seat Belt and Child Restraints Casuality Reduction Campaign
A forcewide seat belt campaign is due to run for a month from Monday 1 to Tuesday 30 September. 370 deaths and 7000 serious injuries could be prevented on the roads each year. Only 85% of front seat passengers and 50% of rear seat passengers comply with the seatbelt laws when travelling in a vehicle. From Monday 01 September to Tuesday 30 September Humberside Police will be running a seatbelt and child restraints, casualty reduction campaign. The month-long campaign will focus on educating people around the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt and making sure that children have the correct restraints in place, ... More
Grimsby town centre traffic update: Town Hall Street
Works to improve the junction between Town Hall Street, Town Hall Square and East Street in Grimsby were carried out last night The end of Town Hall Street is now a Give Way junction, allowing traffic to flow from Town Hall Square to East Street more freely. North East Lincolnshire Council, working in partnership with Cofely, recently carried out a £6m redevelopment of Grimsby town centre with a number of improvements to encourage investment, create new jobs and improve access to public transport. The junction was recently altered as part of these works when the traffic flow was reversed in the area. Traffic ... More
Tim Farron welcomes more help for families of missing people
Families of missing people will be given extra help when a loved one goes missing, under proposals announced by the government yesterday. These proposals have been welcomed by Liberal Democrat MP for Lonsdale and Westmorland Tim Farron. The government’s proposals, which fill a gap in the law, would create a new power for relatives of missing people. This would allow families to take care of legal and financial affairs following a disappearance – for example being able to suspend direct debits for mobile phone and utility bills or to make mortgage payments. It follows the introduction of certificates of presumed death which ... More
Liberal Democrats: Making our tax system fairer
The Liberal Democrats have set out plans to introduce a trio of wealth taxes which will help to cut the deficit whilst ensuring fairness in our tax system. Manifesto plans to increase taxes on the wealthiest will go alongside a pledge to further cut Income Tax and reduce National Insurance. Commenting Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: “Great progress has been made in tackling the largest deficit since the Second World War, but there is still more work to be done. “The Conservatives have indicated they will focus on spending cuts in the next Parliament to achieve the aim of eliminating the deficit, particularly through ... More
N E Lincs Council want your views on proposed changes to concessionary travel on bus routes
North East Lincolnshire Council is asking local people for their views on proposed changes to the current Concessionary Travel Scheme on local bus routes. Since April 2008 the council has provided free off-peak, local bus travel, to concessionary bus pass holders anywhere in England. Currently pass holders are charged a 50p flat fare to travel before 9am between Monday and Friday. However, from Monday, 29 September, the council is looking to extend this until 9.30am for North East Lincolnshire concessionary pass holders. After 9.30am pass holders will continue to travel for free on locally registered bus services. These changes will affect all concessionary ... More
Grimsby and Cleethorpes flood siren testing takes place this week
The Environment Agency will carry out its annual flood warning siren tests in Grimsby and Cleethorpes on Friday 29 August. Tests will be carried out between 10am and noon. People who hear the sirens during this time should take no action. In the unlikely event that a real flood emergency occurs during testing, loudhailers and local radio will be used to issue flood warnings. The Environment Agency will have staff at Freshney Place on Thursday 28 August between 9am and 5pm to answer questions and to provide further information. Environment Agency staff will be in Freshney Place shopping centre on Thursday 28 August ... More