How the strike will affect you

Police guard the entrance to Britain's parliament as public sector workers picket in Westminster, London, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Public sector workers in Britain staged what is being billed as the biggest strike in decades on Wednesday to protest the cash-strapped government's plans to recast their pensions in an effort to reduce the cost to taxpayers. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Police guard the entrance to Britain's parliament as public sector workers picket in Westminster, London, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Public sector workers in Britain staged what is being billed as the biggest strike in decades on Wednesday to protest the cash-strapped government's plans to recast their pensions in an effort to reduce the cost to taxpayers. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

HERE’S how today’s strike is set to affect St Helens.

Schools set to close:

Ashurst, Billinge Chapel End, Blackbrook St Mary’s, Carr Mill, Corpus Christi, Eaves, Eccleston Lane Ends, Grange Valley, Haydock English Martyrs, Lansbury Bridge, Legh Vale, Lyme Primary, Mill Green, Newton Primary, Nutgrove, Oakdene, Queens Park, Rainford Brook Lodge, St Anne’s in Sutton, St Augustine’s, St Austin’s, St Bartholomew’s, St Julie’s Catholic, St Mary’s Catholic Infant, St Peter and Paul, St Peter’s CE Primary, St Teresa’s (Devon Street), St Thomas of Canterbury, Sutton Academy, Sutton Manor, Sutton Oak, Thatto Heath, Wargrave.

Children’s centres:

The council expects children’s centres to remain open, with some service provision.

Older people’s services:

There will be a limited personal care service for vulnerable adults but no transport provision and day centres will be closed to service users.

Refuse/recycling Collections:

No green bin, brown bin or plastic bottle collections. Residents whose normal collection day is Wednesday take their bin on their next scheduled collection day. Black boxes and blue bags will be unaffected but there will be no bulky rubbish collections on either November 30 or December 1. Trade waste collections will also stop.

Bereavement Services:

There will be no service provision. Funeral directors have been requested to avoid making arrangements for today.

Youth Services:

There will be no provision of services to young people.

Town centre, leisure and libraries:

All leisure centre and libraies will shut but all car parks will be open and operational as normal.

Building and planning services

There will be no provision of service from the planning department and emergency cover only from building services.

Customer Services:

Residents will be able to contact the council as usual on 01744 676789 or 01744 676000 between 8am and 5pm.

The Emergency Duty Team will be operational as normal and can be contacted after 5pm on 0345 0500 148 or 0845 0500 148.

Magistrates Court

Open as normal for all schuduled cases.