It’s time to fix the broken benefits system

Universal Credit – designed by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) – will rejuvenate Britain’s ruptured welfare system and give millions of people the tools to escape poverty, the think tank has said.

The CSJ has been at the heart of an intense debate about welfare reform and the advantages it could bring. Supporters of the new system say it will be far fairer and easier to understand than the myriad of benefits it will replace.

Christian Guy, Managing Director, told BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight programme that Universal Credit (UC) will provide greater protection to the vulnerable by ensuring that work pays and that people in employment keep more of their money. He said to the  Press Association that UC ‘will drive right to the heart of decades of welfare failure’.

The CSJ’s Deven Ghelani and Dr Samantha Callan took part in a number of broadcast interviews, including R4’s The World this Weekend, BBC News, R4’s Woman’s Hour and BBC West Midlands.


I’m pleased to report that crime and anti-social behaviour continued to fall across Merseyside last year.

Overall crime has reduced, which means in the last six years there have been almost 80,000 fewer victims of crime.

Anti-social behaviour has fallen for the fourth successive year, with 9,292 fewer reports than last year. Of those reports, 97% of ASB victims were satisfied with the action taken by police. There were also 1,250 fewer incidents of criminal damage and arson and 520 fewer cars were stolen or broken into last year.

We continued to hit criminals hard and proved that crime doesn’t pay. We’ve taken £5.5m of criminal assets including property and cash from criminals in the last year.

In our fight against drugs we have closed down 470 cannabis farms and seized cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £12m in 2011/12. This money is often used to directly fund dangerous organised criminal gangs who are responsible for gun crime and violence across Merseyside. Last year saw crime families and organised criminals convicted for firearms and drugs offences, following investigations carried out by the specialist Matrix team, sentenced to just under 700 years.

In August, disturbances occurred in a number of cities across the UK, including Liverpool. I am pleased to report that we quickly brought the situation under control, restricted the spread of criminal behaviour and restored peace in affected areas. No complaints were received in the aftermath of the disturbances. Instead, our actions to protect local communities drew many positive comments from the public – a testimony to the courage and professionalism of my officers.

Our continued success has been achieved through the hard work, commitment and professionalism of our officers and staff and the support of the community and our partners, in particular Merseyside Police Authority.

Whilst I’m proud that our hard work is paying off, we are not complacent. We will continue to drive down crime and anti-social behaviour further in our local communities, and, through specialist resources, more serious and organised crime.

I thank you for your support and co-operation and I look forward to the year ahead. We will continue to build on our successes and work hard to help improve the quality of life for everyone in Merseyside.

Jon Murphy
Chief Constable

Steve Rotherham MP joined local community members for Lunch

It just happened that it was also Steve’s Birthday so Sue who make some wonderful cakes
presented him with a Birthday cake designed as a football Pitch. being a good Liverpool Supporter it was
Red and White.


ABCC work with alongside a range of organisation in Anfield to support the community in developing and delivering programmes which can bring about change within the area.

ABCC work with partners around the regeneration of Anfield and Breckfield, and have been part of the Anfield Breckfield Community steering group which was formed in 1999. The community have regular meetings and have a number of significant steering groups who work with all stakeholders in delivering the community plan for the area.

Housing and Physical Regeneration subgroup and Neighbourhood Management group meet on a monthly cycle. Other groups are Publicity sub group – LFC sub group – Stronger communities – Two up Two down arts Group.

ABCC won –  New heartlands Strictly Regeneration ‘Liverpool Champions’  Award for its work within the regeneration

ABCC currently work with over 12 residents groups, giving support in funding applications, project development, environmental projects, youth activities etc.

ABCC also support other groups within the community who deliver services to the community, including churches – Credit Union – Morris dances etc.

If you require any more information contact ABCC on 0151 261 4600