Just 1 in 5
recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes have it under control
BARELY 20% of people
diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes during the last 4 years have their
condition under control, according to a new analysis by Diabetes UK.
The analysis, based on National Diabetes Audit data, shows that just
22.4% of those who have had Type 2 diabetes for up to 4 years
(thought to be about 1 million people) meet recommended levels for
blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure.
This is a concern because people not meeting the recommended levels
are at increased risk of future complications such as kidney failure
and amputation. And there is evidence that unless Type 2 diabetes is
controlled well at the start, the body adapts to having high glucose
levels and so the longer this goes on the more difficult it is to
get under control.
This highlights the importance of giving people with Type 2 diabetes
the support they need as soon as they are diagnosed. But at the
moment just 14% of people with Type 2 are offered diabetes education
soon after being diagnosed, despite the National Institute for
Health and Care Excellence recommending that this be offered to
everyone with diabetes. Diabetes UK is calling for the Government
and the NHS to do more to ensure people get the support and
education they need to be able to quickly take control of the
Diabetes UK has also announced a national series of free educational
events about Type 2 diabetes. The Living with Diabetes Days, funded
by Diabetes UK's National Charity Partnership with Tesco, will give
information about how people can better manage their condition.
While they are available to everyone with Type 2 diabetes, they are
aimed in particular at those who have recently been diagnosed with
the condition. The events are being held at 80 locations across the
UK and it is expected that 10,000 people with Type 2 diabetes will
attend them over the next 2 years. People can register their
diabetes.org.uk or by
calling:- 0345 123 2399.
The Living with Diabetes Days will give people the chance to learn
how to maintain a healthy diet and become better able to manage
their diabetes; ask health professionals questions and get practical
up-to-date information; and meet other people with the condition.
Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said:- "With
increasing evidence about the importance of getting Type 2 diabetes
under control as quickly as possible, it is extremely worrying that
just 1 in 5 people diagnosed with the condition in the last 4 years
have it under control.
This means many hundreds of thousands of people are at increased
risk of developing health complications such as kidney failure and
amputation, which have a devastating impact on people's lives and
are fuelling the high death rate in people with the condition. And
while it's important that everyone with diabetes has their condition
under control, if people with Type 2 do not get it under control
quickly then it becomes progressively harder to do this so speed is
vital in terms of getting people the support they need.
Unfortunately, a big part of the reason that so many people with
Type 2 are starting off on the wrong path is the lack of available
diabetes education. It is unrealistic to expect people to be able to
manage their condition well if they are not given information about
how to do this and so it is not surprising that so many people do
not have it under control. This is why we want the NHS to give every
person with diabetes the chance to have this kind of education.
We also hope that our Living With Diabetes days will give people the
information they need to become more confident in managing their
diabetes and so better able to get their condition under control and
so give themselves the best possible chance of a long and healthy
life. It is a great example of our National Charity Partnership with
Tesco delivering real benefits for people with diabetes.”
Restaurant bosses in Wales,
London, Lancashire and Liverpool banned as directors over illegal
restaurant bosses who broke UK immigration laws by employing 15
illegal workers in London, South Wales, Lancashire and Liverpool
have been disqualified as directors for a combined 24 years
following collaboration between the Insolvency Service and Home
Office Immigration Enforcement. This announcement was released
to the media on 16 July 2014 and stated that:-
Manchester based director Cho Nam Kwan, 35, employed seven illegal
immigrants at his Tai Pan Restaurant in Liverpool, while Oxford
resident Eric Chung Man Ho, 35, employed two workers illegally at
his Chinese restaurant the Oriental Gardens II, in Cwmbran, Wales.
Mohi Uddin, 31, of London employed 3 illegal workers at Massala
Caterings Ltd in Romford. Zafar Mahmood, 39, also employed three
illegal workers at his takeaway American Chicken Hut in Preston,
The 4 directors are banned from managing or controlling a company
for 6 years each until 2020. Mr Kwan's disqualification started on 7
July 2014, Mr Ho's on 15 July 2014, Mr Uddin's on 18 July 2014, and
Mr Mahmood's on 25 July 2014.
Business Minister Jo Swinson said:- "People who employ illegal
workers are not only breaking the law, they are also damaging their
local economy. From stopping people from getting honest jobs to
undermining businesses in their communities, the costs are huge.
These four disqualifications give a strong warning that the
Government is determined to stamp out these illegal practices and
will take tough action against anyone flouting the law."
All 4 restaurants were visited by Home Office Immigration
Enforcement in 2012 when the illegal workers were discovered.
Commenting on the
disqualification, Richard Mulligan, Deputy Head of Company
Investigations at the Insolvency Service, said:- "The
Insolvency Service rigorously pursues directors who fail to pay
fines imposed by the government for breaking employment and
immigration laws. We have worked closely in this case with our
colleagues at the Home Office to achieve this disqualification. The
4 directors sought an unfair advantage over their competitors by
employing individuals who did not have the right to work in the UK
in breach of their duties as directors. The public has a right to
expect that those who break the law will face the consequences.
Running a limited company, means you have statutory protections as
well as obligations. If you fail to comply with your obligations
then the Insolvency Service will investigate you."
A Home Office spokesperson said:- "Illegal working is not
victimless. It undercuts honest employers, cheats legitimate job
seekers out of employment opportunities and defrauds the taxpayer.
Businesses should be aware that they have a duty to check that their
staff have permission to work in the UK. We are happy to work with
employers who play by the rules, but those who do not should know
that they will not go under our radar."
Shots Fired on Newton Street,
Police have confirmed that 3 men have been arrested in connection
with an incident on Newton Street, Southport on Sunday, 13 July
2014, as of the date on this edition. The incident took place on
Sunday night, when shots were fired in Southport at a man, by people
from a "dark coloured saloon." On arrival, at 8pm, on
Newton Street, Police Officers located the man, who was shaken but
uninjured. Following a search of the area, the outer wall of a house
was found to have been damaged. Luckly no one inside the house was
injured during the incident and the house is not believed to have
been the target of the shooting. Patrols then searched for the
vehicle that had reportedly the shots were fired from. The Matrix
Serious Organised Crime Unit, who are are leading the investigation
have since made the 3 arrests. The 1st was a 24 year old man, from
the Southport area, who was arrested on suspicion of possession of a
firearm. The next was an 18 year old man, from Grosvenor Road,
Birkdale, who was arrested at the property on suspicion of
possession of a Section 1 Firearm. The 3rd was 47 year old male
occupant of the address in Birkdale, who has also been arrested. He
was detained on suspicion of possession of a Section 5 Firearm.
Chief Superintendent Peter Costello said:- "This appears to be
a targeted attack by one criminal faction against another. It is
reckless in the extreme to ever discharge an illegal firearm, but to
do so in a residential area on a busy summer's evening beggars
belief. We are determined to bring these criminals to justice so
they cannot put other people's lives in danger. Merseyside Police is
absolutely committed to relentlessly pursuing people involved in
serious organised crime and I would urge anyone with information
about this incident to call our gun crime hotline on:- 0800 230 0600
or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111." All 3 arrested
have been released on Police Bail as enquiries into the
incident are still ongoing. Also uniformed patrols have been
increased in the area to provide a reassuring presence for local
Mayoral 100 Club
THE Mayor of Liverpool is
offering businesses a unique opportunity to be part of a 'club'
to grow one of the city's most popular maritime events, and boost
their business in the process.
Companies across the North West region are being approached to
become part of Liverpool's first Mayoral 100 Club; which would see
up to 100 organisations pay £3,000 each to develop the International
Mersey River Festival.
The Albert Dock is the 1st member to sign up to this innovative
scheme as it has been at the heart of the festival for many years.
This year's free River Festival was hailed as a huge success,
attracting crowds of around 200,000 across the weekend. From 13 Jane
June 2014, fleets of vessels sailed in to the City, there was a packed
programme of events at the Pier Head ranging live music, air
displays, Zap Cat racing, a Brouhaha parade and a water polo
Mayor Joe Anderson has made a commitment to make the event one of
the biggest maritime celebrations in the UK, and recognises the need
to have the support of external businesses.
The money will be used to enhance and sustain the event and will
enable the City to look at unique opportunities to showcase and
market the magnificent waterfront to the world.
In return for the sponsorship, members of the Mayoral 100 Club would
receive core benefits including business to business networking
events, a VIP hospitality experience at the festival, member
newsletters, use of the club logo and branding opportunities.
There will be 3 main sponsorship opportunities including overall
Event Title Sponsor, Music on Waterfront Concert Sponsor and
Maritime Education Programme sponsor.
Mayor Anderson said:- "Culture and free cultural activities
are hugely important to this City, and the International Mersey
River Festival is certainly one of the most popular in our events
However, we need to think differently about how we fund these events
as we can't achieve our ambitions with the City Council being solely
responsible for the financial support.
We have seen with the likes of the giants and the music festival,
that there is a real appetite from external organisations to be part
of events; they recognise that as a City, we excel when it comes to
staging outdoor events and as a result hundreds of thousands of
people come and spend time and money in Liverpool. This positive economic
impact benefits the City, creates jobs and, equally as important,
generates a feel good factor in the City which is massively
important during these times of austerity.
Initial discussions with businesses have been extremely positive,
with many sharing my ambition to have one of the leading maritime
events in the UK take place on our waterfront.
We cannot stand still as a City. We are hugely ambitious and by
working together with businesses we can fulfil the potential of the
great iconic waterfront and in turn, promote the City and those
individual businesses to the world.”
Sue Grindrod, Chairman of Albert Dock Liverpool, said:-
"Liverpool's Mersey River Festival is an essential part of the
city's cultural calendar and the Mayoral 100 Club, creates a public
and private sector partnership and a funding vehicle which will
preserve this vibrant commercial asset.
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Albert Dock, to
praise Mayor Anderson and his team for constructing a platform,
which creates opportunity for City stakeholders and partners to come
together to secure the future of the River Festival and we are
delighted to be the inaugural Mayoral 100 Club member.”
More than 150 companies have already been approached, with a number
already expressing an interest in becoming a member.
The idea has been inspired by the success of Bristol's 100 Club
which goes towards financially supporting the city's International
Balloon Fiesta. The Fiesta is regarded as one of the UK's top five
outdoor events and attracts around 500,000 visitors each year.
Any businesses interested in discussing the Mayoral 100 Club further
or call on:- 0151 600 2909.
Ainsdale Community Care
to receive a year's worth of support from Sainsbury's Southport
THE Sainsbury's in Southport have
announced that Ainsdale Community Care will receive a year's worth
of fundraising and awareness support. The charity who operates a
senior citizens lunch club, a welcome centre and other leisure and
learning activities which include weekly dancing and provide a meals
delivery service for local housebound residents will be the new
Local Charity for the Southport store.
The retailer's Local Charity scheme is now in its 6th year and gives
customers the chance to vote for their favourite local charity to be
considered to receive a year's worth of support from their
Sainsbury's store. The scheme has raised over £6 million to support
local charities since 2009.
The Southport store, situated in Lord Street, has had great success
in supporting previous local charities and last year raised £2413for
Ainsdale Community Care. The Store has decided to support the
charity for a second year.
Customers had a huge say in this year's announcement and voted in
store and online between 28 May and 8 June 2014. The store
colleagues then decided that Ainsdale Community Care were the best
charity for them to work with to make a real difference.
Deb Riozzie from Ainsdale Community Care said:- "We know the
success and benefits that the Local Charity partnership bought to us
last year, so when we received the news, we were thrilled. We hope
the partnership will help raise awareness of our cause to the
store's customers And will help us develop the important service we
provide to the community."
Sainsbury's Southport Store Manager said:- "We've had a great
response from our customers this year, both through in store and
online votes. We're delighted to have chosen a charity which touched
many of our colleagues' hearts. We will now be working closely with
the charity to ensure they really benefit from being our Local
Charity for the next 12 months."
North West firms warned of
multi million pound holiday pay timebomb
TIME is ticking away on what could be a
multi-billion pound bomb shell to the UK ecconomy. North West firms
face the prospect of a multi billion pound bill, which could send
many out of business if legislation is not brought forward to limit
potential liability from backdated claims, a leading business
organisation has warned on Monday, 14 July 2014. The warning
was issued by EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, which is
pressing Ministers to introduce emergency legislation following a
series of European Court of Justice rulings that open the door to
potentially mass numbers of claims for holiday pay dating back to
1998. The rulings are at odds with UK law, which employers have
followed, but now leaves them open to multi million pound bills
through no fault of their own. EEF estimates that, on average,
an SME manufacturer with a turnover of £30m will be looking at a
£2.5m bill for holiday back pay, as well as potential National
Insurance and pension contributions, which could add an extra
£250,000 to the bill. Over a 4 year period SMEs could
potentially face crippling costs of £4m. Complying with the ruling
from now on is likely to add an extra 4% to a company payroll. The
rulings are all related to the UK's interpretation of the Working
Time Directive, which granted every worker 4 weeks paid leave, with
UK law increasingly out of step with that of Europe. While most
other European countries have been compliant with the new
requirements, the UK failed to keep pace. As a result, many
businesses are now exposed to huge costs. Without urgent
legislation, UK companies are now facing claims dating back over the
16 year period for cumulative lost earnings. This potential threat
to the economic recovery comes at a time when business investment
still remains almost a fifth below the last pre-recession peak in
2008. EEF is urgently calling for the Government to shield employers
by limiting liability so that firms will not face bills dating back
to 1998 through no fault of their own. Darrell Matthews, North West
Region Director at EEF, says:- "This is potentially
catastrophic for local companies who have been fully compliant with
UK law, yet now find themselves in a position which they could not
have foreseen. This is a ticking timebomb and poses a serious threat
to economic recovery as funds earmarked for critical investment are
diverted to pay compensation instead. There is a real fear that this
will see some businesses going bust. We urgently need the Government
to recognise the danger and to bring forward legislation limiting
the backdated liability companies face through no fault of their