Sunday, 12 March 2017

Increased awareness of risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

I am delighted to support the baby charity The Lullaby Trust in urging local authorities to ensure health professionals in the North West receive the training and support they need to deliver safer sleep messages to all families. The call comes as part of Safer Sleep Week, the charity’s national campaign to raise awareness of SIDS (often referred to as cot death) and the lifesaving advice that parents can follow to reduce the risk of it occurring.

The national survey commissioned by charity The Lullaby Trust, found that 37% of parents in the North West are unsure of one of the most fundamental steps to reduce the risk of SIDS: sleeping a baby on its back for every sleep.

Evidence shows that babies who are slept on their back for every sleep are 6 times less likely to die from SIDS than those who sleep on their front or side.

Sleeping babies on their front was commonplace until the national “Back to Sleep” campaign in 1991. This campaign along with continued awareness raising of SIDS and safer sleep, by The Lullaby Trust, over the 25 years since, has led to a widespread change in how parents sleep their babies. As a result SIDS rates in the UK have reduced by 85% since 1991. However, the rates could still be much lower and research has shown, that if all parents followed safer sleep advice, the lives of many more babies could be saved.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hyndburn Business Awards

​Hi Everyone!

The day has finally dawned and you can now nominate for Hyndburn Business Awards 2017.

As you can see there are three options when nominating:
  1. Stonehouse Logic Award: you can nominate your own or any other Hyndburn business for this Award. You can nominate as many businesses as you like. We get in touch with each business nominated and send them an entry form. On that entry form they choose which other categories they want to enter.
  2. Customer Friendly Business Award: you can only nominate other Hyndburn businesses for this category, in recognition of their superior customer service. If a business is nominated for this category they are automatically nominated for the Stonehouse Logic Award. They get a slightly modified entry form (with sections about their customer service).
  3. Pride of Hyndburn Award: this is a very special award for the people, clubs, associations, networks and societies that work so hard (and often as volunteers) to make Hyndburn a better place to live, work and visit. They don’t have a formal legal structure (not limited companies, partnerships, community interest companies or charities) but they are often extremely enterprising. This category has its own special entry form. 

Nominations can be made until April 18th. We will announce any nomination on our Twitter (@HyndburnAwards) and Facebook Page (@hyndburnbusinessawards). It would really help us spread the word if you could ‘favourite and retweet’ and ‘like and share’ as many of them as you can.

We will also be starting to update the news section of over the next few weeks, to keep everyone up to date with progress.

The first post shows you the flyer we are circulating around Hyndburn at the moment. 

Rob Carder
Enterprising People

The Chancellor should defuse the Universal Credit ticking time bomb says Usdaw

Shopworkers' trade union leader John Hannett has called on the Chancellor to use this week’s Budget to reverse the deeply unfair and damaging cuts to Universal Credit that were introduced by his predecessor.

Usdaw’s analysis reveals that a couple with children, both working in retail, earning just above the so-called ‘National Living Wage’, one working full-time and one part-time, would be £1,866 worse off on Universal Credit.

A worker on Universal Credit earning the National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour, takes home just £7.24 for doing an additional 4 hour shift. That amounts to £1.81 per hour, often barely covering their travel costs.

John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “Universal Credit will plunge far more working families into poverty, which will be almost impossible to work their way out of. We supported the initial intentions of Universal Credit, to simplify benefits and improve incentives to work.  However, severe cost cutting has turned Universal Credit into a real threat to the incomes of low-paid working families.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Budget 2017: the Tories want to line the pockets of their rich friends again

Wednesday at the budget, the Tories want to line the pockets of their rich friends again.

They want to cut inheritance tax for the wealthy;
a tax cut on houses sold above £650,000.

This Osborne-era policy will cost £1billion to the Exchequer and almost none of that will come to Hyndburn.