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Issue:- 10 July 2014

Commissioner successful in victims' funding bid

VICTIMS of domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation are set to benefit after Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner secured more than £500,000 of government funding.  Clive Grunshaw successfully submitted three bids to a fund set up by the Ministry of Justice to help Police and Crime Commissioners support victims in their area. The Commissioner competed against Police and Crime Commissioners from across the country to be awarded a share of the fund, with victims of domestic abuse set to benefit from improved support and counselling services and enhanced Womens' Centres as a result.  A grant of £35,000 has also been awarded to fund Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) family support workers; strengthening both the Commissioner and Lancashire Constabulary's commitment to tackling CSE in the county and supporting victims and their families.  Mr Grunshaw said:- "I am delighted to have successfully bid for £545,000 to provide vital support for victims in Lancashire.  As Police and Crime Commissioner I am committed to enhancing the services on offer to victims of crime in the county to help them better cope and recover, and this money is vital to ensure we are able to do that.  I bid for £579,000 to fund four projects aimed at improving the support available for victims in the county, and it is testament to the hard work of my office that three of those bids were deemed strong enough to secure the government money.  Thanks to extensive consultation with service providers and victims, my office and I have developed a clear idea of how victims' services in Lancashire should look, and the support they need to provide. I have identified the areas which need improvement, and this money is an important step towards addressing some of the county's greatest needs.  I have made a clear commitment to supporting victims of domestic abuse in my Police and Crime Plan, so I am delighted to be able to announce this money will pay to refurbish Womens' Centres and refuges, as well as provide the support and counselling which is essential to help survivors cope and recover, to move on and rebuild their lives.  The money to support CSE victims is also vital. My office and Lancashire Constabulary are running an ongoing campaign to raise awareness and encourage victims to seek help, and this funding will ensure that those vulnerable young people and their families receive the support they need."  In total, the Commissioner has been awarded £208,000 to provide 1 to 1 and peer group support and counselling to domestic abuse victims, £302,000 to enhance womens' centres and accommodation for domestic abuse victims and £35,000 toward PACE family support workers.  The money needs to be spent within this financial year, and discussions will now take place with services county wide to establish who should benefit.

Morrisons Southport takes out trolley locks

MORRISONS will remove all trolley locks at its Lord Street store in response to Southport's customer feedback, which has called for quicker and easier shopping trips.  A team will visit the store on 7 July 2014 to update all of the store's trolley fixtures. This will remove the need to insert a £1 coin or token to release a trolley from its bay.  Simon Reading, Store General Manager for Morrisons Southport said:- "Our nation is getting busier and we have less free time than previous generations.  Customers in Southport have told us that they want a quicker shop. The removal of trolley locks is just one of the many improvements we are making to our store; to make for a faster and easier shopping trip."  Morrisons is leading the way in the removal of trolley locks across its stores nation wide. 150,000 locks will be removed from stores this July.  The activity forms part of a significant investment programme to make shopping trips easier for customers. Improvements include the redesign of stores, the extension of opening hours, the updating of car park controls and improvements to baby change and toilet facilities.

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