Christmas and New Year’s local transport arrangements for N E Lincs

Stagecoach Grimsby Cleethorpes

Wednesday December 24th (Christmas Eve) – A normal Wednesday service will run until early evening.

Thursday December 25th (Christmas Day) – No buses will run.

Friday December 26th (Boxing Day) – Special buses will run hourly on routes 3, 4, 5 and 10. No other buses will run.

Saturday 27th December – Saturday Service.

Sunday December 28th – Sunday Service.

Monday December 29th – Saturday services will run on all routes except 1, 2, 20 and 25 which will run a normal Monday to Friday Service.

Tuesday December 30th – Saturday services will run on all routes except 1, 2, 20 and 25 which will run a normal Monday to Friday Service.

Wednesday December 31st (New Years Eve) – A normal Wednesday service will run until early evening.

Thursday January 1st (New Year’s Day) – No services will run.

Friday January 2nd – Saturday services will run on all routes except 1, 2, 20 and 25 which will run a normal Monday to Friday Service.

Services will be back to normal from Saturday 3 January

Phone n Ride

24th December – Operating as normal

25th December – No Service (Christmas Day)

26th December- No Service (Boxing Day)

27th December – Operating as normal

28th December – No Service (Sunday)

29th December – Operating as normal

30th December – Operating as normal

31st December – Operating as normal

1st January – No Service (New Years Day)

2nd – January – Operating as normal

Dial A Ride

24th December – Operating as normal

25th December – Limited Service – only TWO buses running

26th December – Limited Service – only TWO buses running

27th December – Limited Service – only TWO buses running

28th December – Limited Service – only TWO buses running

29th December – Limited Service – only TWO buses running

30th December – Limited Service – only TWO buses running

31st December – Limited Service – only TWO buses running

1st January – Limited Service – only TWO buses running

2nd – January – Operating as normal

Local Train Information

If you are planning to travel on local train services in the late afternoon or evening of Christmas Eve or New Years Eve please contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

North East Lincolnshire Council cannot be responsible for any problems caused by errors or changes in information given.

Contact Details

Stagecoach Grimsby Cleethorpes – 0345 605 0605

Phone n Ride – 01472 324440

Dial A Ride – 01472 269199

Traveline – 0871 200 22 33

National Rail Enquiries – 08457 48 49 50

Citizens Advice: Four in five deterred by employment tribunal fees

According to Citizens Advice, people are being put off holding unfair employers to account by too-high fees and a lack of awareness about support.

New evidence from Citizens Advice reveals just under half of people with an employment issue would have to save for six months to afford tribunal fees of £1,200. The findings are from a Citizens Advice survey of people with employment problems.

In July 2013 the Government introduced fees to access the employment tribunal. The latest official figures released last week show a 66% reduction in applications.

The Government introduced fees in order to incentivise earlier settlements, ease the cost to taxpayers and bring the employment tribunal in line with other justice systems.

The new findings out today are based on a survey of 361 people who have been having problems at work. The Citizens Advice report, Fairer fees: Fixing the employment tribunal system, finds:

  • More than four in five (82%) said the current fee prices would make them less likely to claim or deter them from claiming altogether.
  • The income of people with employment troubles highlighted the problems with the level of fees. Over four in ten (43%) had a household income of less than £46 a week after essential bills.
  • Only three in ten (30%) were aware of eligible financial support for those on low incomes. Half who thought they weren’t eligible actually were.
  • Over half (53%) didn’t know what they could get out of making a claim and therefore whether it was financially worth their while.
  • Four in five (80%) said they raised issues with their employer before taking further action.

The research also showed that whilst people were put off by too-high fees, a clear majority would be willing to pay a fee. Nine in ten (90%) said they would not be put off by a £50 fee.

Citizens Advice  wants fees to be aligned with county court fees to widen access. This would stop people losing out to unfair employers and avoid ‘justice tourism’ where people use less appropriate more affordable county courts.

Gillian Guy, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice  said:

“The employment tribunal system is imbalanced against claimants. Fees are pricing people out of basic workplace rights and a justice system that is supposed to protect them. Unfair dismissals, employers withholding wages and discrimination are problems that Citizens Advice is unfortunately hearing about all too often.

“Many claims go unheard as people simply can’t afford to pursue it and there’s a real risk that if they do employers still won’t pay up. Claims are often for amounts below the fees so this leaves some having to concede valid claims.

“It is concerning that people are often unsure on what they are entitled to claim and so find it difficult to judge whether or not to pursue a case. We know that some must save for months to afford a tribunal. People must be made aware of the help and support available to them if they are on low incomes.

“The Government needs to take an urgent look again at how the fee system benefits those workers who feel the prices are a barrier to justice.”

Citizens Advice is calling on the Government to:

Set employment tribunal fees in line with county court fees to widen access. This would stop ‘justice tourism’ which occurs when people use less appropriate county courts because the fees are more affordable. Currently people pay more to get job justice than they would to get compensation for a faulty good in the small claims court.

Promote awareness of the remissions system, and consider renaming it to make its function clearer. We found that only three in ten were aware that remissions were available. They should be renamed full and partial fee reductions and should be better promoted. Gov.uk should develop a web tool allow people to check whether they would be eligible for full or partial fee reductions. Claimants must read a 32 page document to check their eligibility.

Commission research to get a clear picture for the first time of claims that are really weak or spurious. Currently the system is imbalanced against claimants, and this cannot be fully restored without knowing what puts off weak and genuine claims. The research should establish what proportion of employment tribunal claims can be considered unjustified and what measures could be taken to protect employers without deterring legitimate claims.

£12m to help people with mental health issues return to work

Liberal Democrats in government have announced a further £12 million investment to help people with mental health conditions get back into work.

This ties in with the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to bringing treatment for mental health problems out of the shadows and in line with physical health.

You can back our campaign to help us stamp out the stigma attached to mental health here.

The funding will be used in four pilot areas to test whether better coordination of mental health and employment services can help people to find and stay in work, whilst improving their mental health.

The pilot areas include Blackpool, Greater Manchester, North East Combined Authority and West London Alliance. They will trial a number of approaches, including:

  • Support packages to help claimants create bespoke action plans and coordinate exisiting local support services
  • Support for new employees to make sure they can stay in work and cope with anxiety and other ongoing problems
  • Training employment advisors to identity mental health problems and for GPs to recognise the importance of work in improving mental health

Nick Clegg said:

“It is shocking to think that mental health is now the leading cause of illness in the workplace. It’s even more shocking that many of the people suffering are simply not getting the support they need.

“That’s why I’m working hard in government to bring mental health out of the shadows. I’m heading up a dedicated mental health taskforce and pushing for investment in pilots like this to help create a fairer society where people get the right support and treatment they need, when they need it.”

Going out on a work Christmas night out or reveling with Friends? Make it a night to remember for the right reasons

As part of Humberside Police’s Operation Yuletide this festive period, party goers are being urged to make sure they stay safe on their big festive nights out.

The festive period is a great time to socialise with friends and work colleagues in the run up to Christmas. Unfortunately these nights can lead to revelers drinking excessively which leave them vulnerable of becoming victims of crime and occasionally leading to serious assaults and sexual assaults.
As usual high visibility policing patrols will be working in drinking hotspots across Humberside in partnership with multi-agency partners and licensed premises in order to keep the public safe. The aim of this partnership working is to ensure we support people who may be vulnerable and positively deal with a small minority of people who misbehave. In addition we have distributed crime prevention advice to members of the public on how to stay safe on a night out.
To support us in keeping you safe we are urging you to adopt the following crime prevention advice for your Christmas nights out:
• Do not leave your drinks unattended or accept drinks from strangers as this could lead to your drink being spiked.
• Stay with your friends on nights out as there is safety in numbers and try to avoid arguments – people often say things they regret or become more aggressive while drinking
• Plan your journey home in advance by arranging to book a taxi home or making use of any night bus services. Never work home alone.
• Never use an unregistered taxi.
• Do not drink and drive or travel with anyone drinking and driving
• Remember to alternate your drinks with soft drinks as these will help you stay hydrated.
• Make sure you wrap up appropriately for a night out.
For further advice on keeping yourself and property safe in the run up to Christmas visit our virtual advent calendar which was launched at the beginning of the month http://ow.ly/F20NG. Behind each window of the calendar you will find useful messages, images and videos that are aimed at helping to keep you safe and sound throughout the holiday season.
We will also be talking about our campaigns and operations on Twitter and Facebook so follow us @Humberbeat and look out for the hashtag #xmascrime, like our page www.facebook.com/humberbeat.

Record number of disadvantaged students getting university places

As the number of university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time this year, the gap between the most advantaged and the most disadvantaged students is at its lowest.

Liberal Democrats put safeguards in place to encourage disadvantaged young people to go to university. Setting the system on a sustainable footing, with the poorest 30% of graduates paying less overall than under the old system. 

According to a UCAS report released today, disadvantaged young people are over 10% more likely to enter higher education than they were a year ago.

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The Liberal Democrats recognise that we couldn’t deliver our policy on tuition fees. The truth is that both Labour and the Conservatives supported higher fees, so we were unable to carry out our promise without backing from the two parties.

However, we have worked to make sure the system is as fair as possible in order to protect lower earning graduates. No student pays up front and they only pay back once they’re earning over £21,000.

Click here to find out more about tuition fees.

 

£12m to help people with mental health issues return to work

Liberal Democrats in government have announced a further £12 million investment to help people with mental health conditions get back into work.

This ties in with the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to bringing treatment for mental health problems out of the shadows and in line with physical health.

You can back our campaign to help us stamp out the stigma attached to mental health here.

The funding will be used in four pilot areas to test whether better coordination of mental health and employment services can help people to find and stay in work, whilst improving their mental health.

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The pilot areas include Blackpool, Greater Manchester, North East Combined Authority and West London Alliance. They will trial a number of approaches, including:

  • Support packages to help claimants create bespoke action plans and coordinate exisiting local support services
  • Support for new employees to make sure they can stay in work and cope with anxiety and other ongoing problems
  • Training employment advisors to identity mental health problems and for GPs to recognise the importance of work in improving mental health

Nick Clegg said:

“It is shocking to think that mental health is now the leading cause of illness in the workplace. It’s even more shocking that many of the people suffering are simply not getting the support they need.

“That’s why I’m working hard in government to bring mental health out of the shadows. I’m heading up a dedicated mental health taskforce and pushing for investment in pilots like this to help create a fairer society where people get the right support and treatment they need, when they need it.”

N E Lincs Trading Standards warn against rogue traders

Trading Standards officers are warning households in North East Lincolnshire to be wary of cold callers offering to carry work on their homes

The warning comes after reports of a man calling at a home in the Grimsby area offering to carry out roofing repairs and felting services.

He had no identification or calling card for his business and was reluctant to give the householder any further information other than offering repair work.

People are reminded of the additional protection which came in on 13 June 2014 that gives consumers 14 days cooling off period for contract signed away from business premises, providing the consumer does not sign a waiver to these rights.

Neil Clark, Trading Standards Manager at North East Lincolnshire Council said: “There’s only one way to stop yourself from being ripped off on your doorstep and that’s by saying ‘no’ to cold callers. At best they’re an unwanted nuisance, at worst they are ruthless criminals preying on the vulnerable. Either way, our advice remains the same – don’t do business on your doorstep.”

People who are concerned about rogue traders operating in their area should contact trading standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or online at www.adviceguide.org.uk.

Detection dogs help sniff out £23,000 of illicit tobacco in N E Lincs

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team has confiscated about £23,000 worth of illicit tobacco in an operation in the borough on Tuesday, 16 December – the largest haul so far this year

As the result of a partnership between North East Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Health and Well Being Board, and the North East Lincolnshire Tobacco Alliance, tobacco detection dogs have discovered 37,200 cigarettes and 18.3kg of tobacco that would cost £23,000 to buy legitimately.

The illicit products have a street value of about £8,255 and were seized during inspection visits in the borough, conducted by North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team with support from Humberside Police, during Operation Nightshade II.

Operation Nightshade is an on-going initiative in North East Lincolnshire that aims to crack down on the supply of illicit tobacco.

Tobacco detection dogs Phoebe and Scamp, two enthusiastic Springer Spaniels, provided by BWY Canine, helped detect the concealed stashes of tobacco at the premises that were visited.

The premises included three shops in Freeman Street and a private house.

The seizure included some products which are suspected of being counterfeit, and other non-duty paid products which cannot be legally sold in the UK.

Neil Clark, community protection manager responsible for Trading Standards at NELC, said:

“We appeal to anyone to get in touch if you have information about any people or businesses selling counterfeit or illicit tobacco products in your community.”

Report it to North East Lincolnshire Council Trading Standards on 01472 326299 (option 3).

Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or complete the online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

These raids are the latest in a number of high profile seizures of illicit tobacco products in the borough.

More than £27,000 worth of illicit tobacco products were confiscated during similar operations in the borough during the past couple of months.

Inspection visits in October led to the seizure of 21,071 cigarettes and 17kg of tobacco. These would cost £16,500 to buy legitimately and had a street value of about £6,000.

Officers confiscated 5,500 illicit cigarettes and 3.5kg of illicit tobacco during an operation in mid-September and a further 7,500 illicit cigarettes and 21.05 kg of hand rolling tobacco were confiscated during a police operation in Freeman Street on 26 September.

N E Lincs Quit and Get Fit Campaign – sign up for the new year

Smokers who sign up to quit with North East Lincolnshire’s Stop Smoking Service will have the opportunity to receive a free 12-week gym membership at Lincs Inspire’s Grimsby Leisure Centre when they kick the habit

The new campaign, which launches on Monday, January 5, is available to smokers living in North East Lincolnshire who attend weekly stop smoking sessions at Grimsby Leisure Centre. Smokers are being encouraged to beat the new year rush by booking now to guarantee a place on the scheme.

David Hardy from North East Lincolnshire Council’s Lifestyle services , said:

“We know how hard it can be to stop smoking but this programme is designed to give smokers all the practical support and help they need as they take their first positive step to quit their addiction to tobacco products.”

Giving up tobacco is a major step towards making improvements to health and well-being. This campaign aims to help smokers do just that and it also encourages people to go that extra mile by offering them free leisure service memberships. Not only does regular exercise boost endorphin levels – that give you that feel good factor – it can also help minimise the weight gain that some quitters experience.

Andrea Shreeve, aged 53 and from Cleethorpes, kicked the habit after 40 years of smoking and now is a regular swimmer. She said:

“I was determined to quit smoking after a bad case of bronchitis restricted my breathing. It was incredibly scary and the doctor offered to help. He recommended I contact the local Stop Smoking Service. They supported and encouraged me and took me through the options. I decided to attend the support programme and took champix tablets, which helped block the cravings. On day two, October 30, this year I made up my mind that I would no longer smoke and since then I haven’t looked back and I can’t stand the smell of cigarettes now.

“As for exercise, I love swimming and it’s ideal for me as I suffer with back and hip problems. When I started swimming before I quit in September this year I could only manage 20 lengths in one hour. I have now doubled this and swim two to three times a week.

“For anyone considering quitting the habit I would say give it a go. It is hard, but if you’ve got the determination and the support of the stop smoking service you can do it.”

The Quit and Get Fit campaign will give customers on the scheme free access to Grimsby Leisure Centre for up to 12 consecutive weeks. They can access a range of exercise options which include: fitness gym, exercise classes and public swimming sessions. To qualify for your free leisure pass you need to attend the 12 weeks stop smoking programme, have given and stuck to a quit date and become smoke-free. For those successfully completing the scheme, discounted leisure membership will be available thereafter.

Weekly stop smoking support sessions will be held at the Grimsby Leisure Centre each Monday starting on January 5, at 5:30pm Anyone considering taking part in the Quit and Get Fit campaign can contact the stop smoking team now on (01472) 325500 or 08456032166.

Calls for science toys for boys and girls this Christmas

Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Jo Swinson is calling on the retail sector to do what is best – ensuring the greatest choice by marketing toys for all children, rather than for boys and girls separately.

Many girls still believe that some science subjects are not for them – almost half of all state-schools had no girls taking A-level physics in recent years. Campaigners have suggested that this is in part because the future aspirations of girls and boys are set at a very early age.

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Jo Swinson said:

“Parents know that boys and girls love all kinds of toys. With children developing very clear ideas at a young age about what jobs boys and girls can do, we can all help to send a clear signal that nothing is off limits. It is great that fewer retailers are defining toys as ‘for boys’ or ‘for girls’, which shows they are responding to their customers’ demands for more choice.

“But there is still more to do. I hope this Christmas companies will be conscious of how they are marketing their products and make sure they aren’t accidentally limiting customers’ and children’s choices.”

Jo Swinson is asking both manufacturers and retailers of toys to get behind the Your Life campaign – which is encouraging young people, especially girls, to consider science, technology, engineering and maths careers – and pledge to take action to increase the numbers of women working in the sector.