Largest increase in Minimum Wage for seven years announced

Conservatives have announced the largest increase in the Minimum Wage since start of the recession.  More than 1.4 million of Britain’s lowest paid are set to benefit. The rate will increase to £6.70 from October 1st. Conservatives have also over-ruled the Low Pay Commission and will increase the rate for apprentices by more than inflation.

From 1 October 2015:

  • the adult rate will increase by 20 pence to £6.70 per hour
  • the rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase by 17 pence to £5.30 per hour
  • the rate for 16 to 17 year olds will increase by 8 pence to £3.87 per hour
  • the apprentice rate will increase by 57 pence to £3.30 per hour
  • the accommodation offset increases from the current £5.08 to £5.35

Helping people become financially secure for the future is at the heart of our long-term economic plan – no more so than Britain’s lowest paid workers who were amongst the hardest hit by Labour’s Great Recession.

This is the largest rise since 2008 and is only possible because of the Conservative Party’s careful stewardship of the economy these past five years. We will also be raising the minimum wage for apprentices by 20 per cent.

Compare this approach to Ed Miliband’s ludicrous proposal to ‘increase’ the minimum wage to a lower level than it would be at its current long-term growth rate.  As ever, at this election is it is a choice between competence with the Conservatives and chaos with Labour.

New planning application for Wallasey Village

No, not Tesco this time!

Over the years many people have commented on the ‘cleared site’ (where the public toilets use to be situated) on Leasowe Road, next to the garage and near to the roundabout in Wallasey Village, which has since become an eyesore.

Wirral’s Planning Department has received an application for the erection of a building on this site, to build two retail units at ground floor and two self-contained flats at first floor level.  The application is only requesting ‘outline’ permission which means, if approved, the principle of development is given and the applicant would have to submit detailed plans within two years. 

If you would like to view the plans you will find them here.

To comment on the application you can write to Alex McDougall at Wallasey Town Hall, North Annexe, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH44 8ED or email :  Please quote planning application OUT/15/00250 on all correspondence – you have until 31 March 2015 to submit any comments.

Christine Jones selected for Seacombe and Poulton

Cllr Paul Hayes, Denis Knowles, Cllr Bruce Berry, Chris Clarkson and Christine Jones

Cllr Paul Hayes, Denis Knowles, Cllr Bruce Berry, Chris Clarkson and Christine Jones

Qualified nurse and local school governor Christine Jones(known as Chrissy to her many friends) has been selected as Conservative Candidate for Seacombe and Poulton.

Mum of two Chrissy was the unanimous choice of Conservative Party members. Former Seacombe Councillor Denis Knowles nominated Chrissy for the role: “In the short time I’ve known her, she has always been one of the most enthusiastic members of our team – whether it’s canvassing, delivering or taking part in conferences and events.  I’m delighted she was selected and I look forward to working with her.”

Chrissy, who joined the Conservatives after meeting former Councillor Ian Lewis, will be standing for the Council seat on 7th May, against a Labour Councillor also called Christine Jones.  Whereas Labour’s Christine Jones has sought election in four different seats (Thurstaston, Liscard, Wallasey and Seacombe), local Conservative Candidate Christine Jones has not stood for council before.

Christine Jones (Conservative) said: “I never imagined I would be standing for Council and certainly not against a Labour Councillor of the same name!  I’ve made some really good friends in the Conservatives and I know how hard they work for the communities they represent.  It’s about time Seacombe had the same!”

To find out more about Our Plan for Wallasey and Moreton, along with examples of how Labour Councillors are wasting your money, click here.

Ed Miliband in Alex Salmond’s pocket? chaos for Britain


Labour are facing a wipe-out in Scotland – meaning a deal with the SNP is Ed Miliband’s only route to power. Again and again, Ed Miliband refuses to rule out this possibility.

He is so weak, everyone knows he would be in Alex Salmond’s pocket – and hardworking families will pay with higher taxes, more spending, more debt and weaker defences in uncertain times.

Retail Store (Tesco) REFUSED

I’m pleased to report that Wirral’s Planning Department have REFUSED the application for a retail store in Wallasey Village on the former Classic Car Sales Site (next to the Farmer’s Arms).  This is the third application (and two appeals) which have been rejected.  Many people have said that ‘Tesco get what they want’, and that residents, along with myself, were wasting our time and we couldn’t win, so I’m delighted for those residents and traders who fought against having a Tesco on their doorstep.  They were listened to and their concerns addressed.

It was obvious to everyone even Wirral’s Planning Department that a Tesco in this location would have a huge negative effect on living conditions of neighbouring residents and the parking provision was almost non-existent.

The application was refused for the following reasons:

“Having regard to the scale and siting of the proposed development and the close proximity of the proposed new building to adjacent residential properties, (in particular Nos 42, 44, 46 and 48 Marshlands Road and No 189 Wallasey Village) the development proposed would result in an unneighbourly and unacceptable form of development in that it would lead to an overbearing impact to adjoining dwellings together with noise and general disturbance associated with the activities related to the proposed use of the land which would be detrimental to the amenities which the occupiers of these properties could reasonably expect to enjoy. The proposal if allowed would be contrary to Policy SH6 of the adopted Wirral Unitary Development Plan”.

It’s great news for the 800+ people who objected.