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NEWS ROUNDUP: Free school meals & cycle lanes



More than a quarter of Wirral's school children can now get free school meals. Children become eligible if their parent or carer receives income support or Universal Credit with a household income of less than £7,400 a year. Before the pandemic, in January 2020, 21.5% of Wirral’s school children could get free school meals. In the latest figures, which go up to January of this year, 25.1% of the borough’s school children were entitled to free school meals. This means that in total 12,768 Wirral pupils can now receive free schools meals, an increase of nearly 2,000 (1,907) since last year.


A controversial cycle path scheme through part of Liverpool could be changed. A segregated cycle path was laid down West Derby Road as part of a wider plan to introduce cycle paths connecting the city during the first lockdown. However, it has proved unpopular with some in the local community, who say it is causing severe traffic problems. The issue is one of a number set to be discussed at next Tuesday’s council meeting, with a separate motion about the condition of the road also set to be considered. That motion, from councillor Radford, Joe Dunne, Billy Lake and Peter Mitchell, calls on the council to “review the poor state of repair and surface of both West Derby Road and Breck Road /Townsend Lane and recognise and take steps to ensure the roadways are repaired for the benefit of all road user’s motorists and cyclists”. It will be voted on by committee members at the meeting.

Liverpool's community spirit during the pandemic is being celebrated as part of a new photography exhibition at Liverpool ONE. It showcases the heroic efforts of local frontline workers, the dedication of volunteers and the impressive roll-out of mass testing and vaccinations across the city. From children’s paintings thanking the NHS to food parcels being prepared for those shielding during lockdown, the exhibition – which will be set up on Thomas Steers Way – will run until late summer. Organised in partnership with Liverpool City Council, it also showcases how the city is playing its part in the country’s roadmap out of lockdown, including the country’s first club night since the beginning of the pandemic being held at Bramley Moore Dock.


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