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Mersey Waves

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Produced by Liverpool City Council, each episode will dive in to a variety of topics – from music and film, culture and climate change right though to history, heritage and health. Through conversations with those in the know, we’ll shine a spotlight on different aspects of Liverpool life and explore subjects that matter to you.

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Homelessness - The story of our streets
Rough sleeping is the most visible form of homelessness, but not all rough sleepers are homeless - some do have somewhere to stay, but choose to sleep on the streets to beg, or because they become attached to the lifestyle.Conversely, there are homeless people we don’t see who are living in temporary accommodation – they have a roof over their heads but they are still homeless. The city council is fiercely proud of how it tackles the problem – investing more than £20m a year to support people and families in crisis.£1.5m alone is spent each year on trying to get people off our streets – money goes to the Whitechapel Centre and to Labre House which is one of the few night shelters which operates all year round. A further £3.2m is invested in the prevention of homelessness by helping people into hostels or into permanent accommodation.But the city council needs support - both homelessness and rough sleeping in the city are on the rise.Today, I’m chatting to two people involved in introducing a charter which encourages the city’s business sector to take some responsibility for the problem of homelessness – Rae Brooke who is the Chief Executive for the Community Foundation for Merseyside and Reverend Crispin Pailing who is the Rector of Liverpool.I’ll also be talking to Karl Smith - the man who inspired this new business charter after he shared his experience of what like is really like when you’re trying to survive on the streets of Liverpool. 
Hatches, matches and dispatches
When you think of the city council what services do you think of?  Bins? Potholes? Traffic wardens? In this episode we're going to chat to a team that play a part in some of the most important moments in people's lives. We're recording in the stunning Grade 1 listed St George's Hall which you may not know is home to the Registrar's team. And this is a very busy team dealing with 165,000 people last year alone. Last financial year they registered more than 8,000 births, married 1,600 couples, carried out 548 citizenship ceremonies and registered nearly 6,000 deaths. Along with Registration Services Manager Pat Evans and Senior Registration Officer Ryan Kenny, we talk to Pam Flanagan who is part of the team which arranges public health funerals.  Once dubbed 'pauper's funerals', these budget-conscious services, arranged and paid for by the city council, give a dignified departure to those who pass away, leaving no one behind.-----------------Births, marriages, deaths - https://liverpool.gov.uk/births-marriage-deaths/Public health funerals - https://liverpool.gov.uk/births-marriage-deaths/deaths/when-we-arrange-a-funeral/
Littlewoods Building - The past, present and future
Each day, tens of thousands of people drive past the Littlewood Building on Edge Lane - which is one of the key gateways in and out of Liverpool.Some people may not give it a second thought to this art deco gem, but this venue has a whole new lease of life ahead of it as the Hollywood studios of the North.You may be surprised to know that the buildings' own story is worthy of a star-turn on the silver screen.We're talking to Dr Ruth Doughty from LJMU who is a leading the project, local writer and historian Jeff Young and John Moffat from regeneration specialists Capital and Centric - an organisation pledging to chronicle the stories of the past for the future, as the Littlewoods Building moves on to its next exciting chapter.
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Started
Aug 12th, 2019
Latest Episode
Oct 25th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
7
Avg. Episode Length
23 minutes
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No

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