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<b>Tuesday July 20: </b> £330k more to fly musicians to Shanghai; NHS sends redundancy offers and a new flame at Anfield

Published on July 20th 2010.


LIVERPOOL council is to give an extra £330,000 towards flying out the Wombats, the entire RLPO, OMD and the Scaffold for “Liverpool Day” at the Shanghai Expo.
They said the funding, which doubles the council’s contribution to the cost of the Expo in China is needed to make sure the finale of the six-month exhibition is a “‘resounding success” with a “star-studded” line-up.

A report said a further £50,000 should be committed “to seize any other opportunities presenting themselves between now and the close of the Expo at the end of October.”

Council leader Joe Anderson said: “It would be absolute madness to march to the top of the hill and then roll down again.”

All 3,000 staff working for Liverpool Primary Care Trust have been sent letters offering them voluntary redundancy packages as "part of an efficiency savings programme".
From nurses on the frontline to administration staff, every NHS worker has been offered a number of different deals in a bid to save cash.

Other offers include going part-time, paying to take more annual leave and flexible retirement.

A former member of Simply Red has joined the Reds.
Guitarist Sylvan Richardson joined the band in 1985, but left two years later. He has retrained as a masseur, and has just joined Liverpool Football Club's backroom staff.

"They have been giving me a lot of stick," Richardson told BBC Sport. "Especially Sammy Lee."

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18 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Toxteth TerrorJuly 20th 2010.

Can't they leave the f*****g Wombats in China, preferably in the hands of the Triads.

EXPOsedJuly 20th 2010.

Did anyone read the pathetic editorial in the Liverpool Dougal Post yesterday? No time to cut corners at Expo, it screamed. This is what the brown-nosing DP says (and you couldn't make it up)....by not living up to our Liverpool Day commitment we might disappoint our Chinese hosts and risk casting a shadow over all the good that has been done.What Good ff'sake. The spinners are ramming down our throats it's been all good. A survey of Chinese visitors to the Liverpool corner of a far-flung, away from the centre exposition site, reveals over 90plus percent want to visit Liverpool. So unless the Chinese regime guarantee over 700,000 tourists will visit us in the coming year, we should say enough is enough. That tourist tally adds up to 2,000 a day - the takeaway owners must be rubbing their hands with glee.Truth is, its all a fools paradise, an expensive folly. There won't even be a trickle of Chinese tourists, we won't see a single cent invested in Liverpool as a result of our presence at Expo. The only memories will be the digital photo albums of the highly paid executives who enjoyed free holidays to the Far east, courtesy of a skint council. Whenever Labour pulls the plug on council services, or removes funding from a worthy charity, the cry will be we've been Shanghai'd. Oh and thanks very much to LivCon for revealing the hidden facts (ie that shopping list). It certainly didn't appear in our 'independent' newspapers.

Really fed up nowJuly 20th 2010.

The Wombats lead the most charmed life of any band ever to come out of Liverpool. I mean, it's not like they are any good or anything. Who do they know? WHAT do they know?

Having a laff?July 20th 2010.

What????? Twenty five fukcing grand for lapel bages!

Shanghai BillJuly 20th 2010.

It was the Lib dems who took us into the whole Expo nonsense when every other sensible city, including London for heavens, sake pulled out. So no matter what their stupid late in the day bleating about costs now, trying to score political points, it was the Lib Dems that committed a city with a predicted £125 million deficit to participating in this pointless £3,000,000 plus Beatles and Footie exhibition. The real point now is that Anderson should have the balls to pull the plug on any further expenditure on this folly. How many jobs would 300k save for the next couple of years? Nobody has yet explained what a Liverpool Day even means considering the so-called pavillion is a shed the wrong side of the river and miles from the main Expo site. And whilst I liked the Scaffold wit and humour...is this really representative of the modern forward looking Liverpool? Will Jimmy Corkhill and Pete Price be there? No Joe, it would be madness to commit more money to this proven nonesense whilst jobs and services are under threat and I guarantee you would have the support of the majority of people on this.

dickie mintJuly 20th 2010.

Go 'ead Dig, I'll throw in a few bob to send Stanley Boardman to China. Well, as long as its a one way ticket like.

EditorialJuly 20th 2010.

Cheers for that, EXPO

Phil McCrackenJuly 20th 2010.

We'll never really get to the bottom of whether this Shanghai thing was a terrific flop or not, though I suspect it was. Footfall figures and investment enquiries will be fudged and the Council/Paver spin machine will be in full fledge to come up with crappy justifications. It is an absolute disgrace that £330,000 is being spent on the finale when everyone is feeling the pinch. Blimey, that money could almost have paid for 24 cleaners salaries or 1 McIlhenny for a year. I have to agree with the first comment...The Wombats for Gawds sake!

Tricky WooJuly 20th 2010.

Is that the friggin best they can do? Jesus, the FRIGGING Scaffold? Roger ****ing Phillips?????? I am genuinely staggered. Who is this supposed to impress?

dickie mintJuly 20th 2010.

Go 'ead Dig, I'll throw in a few bob to send Stanley Boardman to China. Well, as long as its a one way ticket like.

EXPOsedJuly 20th 2010.

Did anyone read the pathetic editorial in the Liverpool Dougal Post yesterday? No time to cut corners at Expo, it screamed. This is what the brown-nosing DP says (and you couldn't make it up)....by not living up to our Liverpool Day commitment we might disappoint our Chinese hosts and risk casting a shadow over all the good that has been done.What Good ff'sake. The spinners are ramming down our throats it's been all good. A survey of Chinese visitors to the Liverpool corner of a far-flung, away from the centre exposition site, reveals over 90plus percent want to visit Liverpool. So unless the Chinese regime guarantee over 700,000 tourists will visit us in the coming year, we should say enough is enough. That tourist tally adds up to 2,000 a day - the takeaway owners must be rubbing their hands with glee.Truth is, its all a fools paradise, an expensive folly. There won't even be a trickle of Chinese tourists, we won't see a single cent invested in Liverpool as a result of our presence at Expo. The only memories will be the digital photo albums of the highly paid executives who enjoyed free holidays to the Far east, courtesy of a skint council. Whenever Labour pulls the plug on council services, or removes funding from a worthy charity, the cry will be we've been Shanghai'd. Oh and thanks very much to LivCon for revealing the hidden facts (ie that shopping list). It certainly didn't appear in our 'independent' newspapers.

AnonymousJuly 20th 2010.

They think it's not all over, that the gravy train hasn't hit the buffers. Probably chums were made promises, contracts were initialled, m'learned friends have made threatening noises etc, etc. Besides, such delusional PR-driven puffery is mostly bankrolled with public cash from development quangos and the poor ignorant council tax payer so it costs the councillors nothing - except their 'reputations' - to empty the contingency funds of the last few quid. All the same, it must be galling for the current gang of Labourites, seizing back Tammany Hall to find there's now no cash left in the pot. So allow them one last extravagance, please. And fantasize that they'll forgo their overgenerous allowances to repair the city's enpaupered finances. (three months exes and allowances from our tribunes of the people would cover the cost of this final Expo folly)

DougalJuly 20th 2010.

Shanghai Side PR only 37 grand. Really!

Direct LiverpudlianJuly 20th 2010.

Couldn't they have sent McIlhenny? Some good might have come out of this if they had. Particularly if th Chinese Government sent the tanks in again.

CanIcomeJuly 20th 2010.

There's bound to be a jet-load of the freebie brigade who bagged the best seats everywhere during Capital of Culture. Makes you wanna vomit doesn't it. It took the Lib Dems 10 years to make a balls up of things, Labour is doing it in less than 10 weeks.

AnonymousJuly 20th 2010.

The (Labour Controlled) City Council Cabinet has today (July 23)approved the £380,000 budget for the Liverpool Day event at Expo. They agreed the sum to 'maximise the benefits of World Expo for the City" Enough said.

DigJuly 20th 2010.

I heard they were contemplating sending Stan Boardman over to do a routine of his best Chinese gags before the money ran out. Anybody want to chip in? I'll throw in £50.

EXPO watchJuly 20th 2010.

Here are the costings for the Liverpool Day event*(TS = travel and subsistence costs):RLPO –TS £160,000:Scaffold and MD –TS £12,500:OMD –TS £9,050:Pagoda –TS £12,000:Roger Phillips –TS £3,000:Wombats –TS £6,000:McCartney 6ix Toys Attendance -£7,500:Sound City Music Event and Sound Rig from Capital Sound -£30,000:Liverpool Day Events Overheads - £37,000:250,000 Lapel Badge giveaways - £25,000:Legacy Gift for Expo Museum -£10,000: Shanghai Side PR - £37,000*extracted from Cabinet Agenda for this Friday

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