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This page last updated on 1 August 2020

Carers deserve a pay rise too, says MP

Bill Esterson and Debra Roose on a visit to Formby Manor Care Centre

MP Bill Esterson has called on the Chancellor to support carers and put right a long term injustice as he considers public sector pay rises. The MP welcomed the recently announced decision that some public sector workers, such as:- Doctors, Teachers and Police Officers, would see above inflation pay rises this year, but said carers had been unfairly left out. He also said that the pay rises announced must only be a start for those who are benefitting as 10 years of cuts would need more than a 1 off increase to put right.

The MP said Government funding for Local Authorities should be increased to cover a pay rise for the staff who he said had:- "been at the forefront of the Covid crisis." He said it was wrong to ask for the pay increases that had been granted to be paid for out of current budgets.

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced pay rises for the armed forces, as well as:- Teachers, Police Officers, the National Crime Agency, Prison Officers, Doctors and Dentists, the Judiciary, Senior Civil Servants and Senior Military personnel. Teachers and Doctors will see the largest rise at 3.1% and 2.8% respectively. Responding, Mr Esterson said:- "It is right to recognise the work of these public sector employees, as many of them have been working flat out during the coronavirus pandemic and have often found themselves in high-risk situations. But where is the pay rise for carers, who have looked after the thousands of elderly who have been hit by this deadly virus, and have worked tirelessly to keep others safe. They have been at the forefront of the Covid crisis. It is scandalous that carers have been missed yet again. These are some of the lowest paid workers doing one of the most difficult jobs. They deserve a rise too. But local authority budgets have been slashed over the last 10 years which has suppressed wages in this important sector. The Conservatives need to make good on their promises to boost local authority funding so that carers can get the rise they deserve too. Ignoring carers is no way to reward those who’ve been at the forefront of fighting this pandemic."

The MP said the increases in pay would not make up for the lost years of public sector pay restraint. He said:- "Even the rises that have been announced do not make up for the 10 years of austerity that have gone before. The Conservatives froze public sector pay for seven long years, and the rises that have been introduced since then have failed to make up what was lost. For many frontline workers these rises won’t make up for a decade of real terms pay cuts. And to ask these departments to pay for pay rises out of current budgets is like robbing Peter to pay Paul. How does the Chancellor think the pay increases can be funded without cutting elsewhere?"

The MP recently visited Formby Manor Care Centre in Formby, where he praised the:- "compassion and dedication" shown by care home staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that:- "some care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have."

Sefton Central Labour MP, Bill Esterson said:- "This is a disgraceful thing to say. Carers in my constituency have gone above and beyond what might reasonably have been expected of them."

The MP spoke to staff at Formby Manor Care Centre, thanking them for their hard work during the coronavirus crisis.

Mr Esterson told staff:- "Thank you to you all for your hard work, compassion and dedication. This has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone, but carers especially. Contrary to what the Prime Minister had to say with his shameful comments about care homes, I know how hard you and staff in care homes across the constituency have worked to protect not only your residents here but each other and the wider community too. You have gone above and beyond. The care sector has for too long been viewed as secondary to our wonderful NHS, but through this crisis it has shown what carers and those they care for have always known. Carers are just as important. Our NHS would not be able to function without our residential and home care workers."

Formby Manor, on Liverpool Road, Formby, has 76 beds and offers residential, nursing and specialist dementia care.

The MP met with manager Debra Roose and assistant manager Diane De Isaula. The MP said:- "It is clear that the staff care passionately about providing the very best care to some of the most vulnerable people in our society."

Manager Debra Roose commented: "The comfort, safety and happiness of our residents is of utmost importance here at Formby Manor and it is wonderful to have the team’s compassion and dedication recognised by Mr Esterson during his visit."

9477 Children Step Their Cycling Up A Gear, Thanks To Bikeability

NEW figures released by the Bikeability Trust show a positive picture of children being offered cycling training in Merseyside. 9477 children in Merseyside took part in Bikeability cycle training from April 2019 to April 2020. The Department for Transport funded programme has been delivered to over 3.5million children in England since 2007 and proven to improve both cycle skills and confidence on the road. Earlier this week, the Prime Minister launched his vision for cycling and walking, including:- “free cycling training for everyone who wants it.” The Bikeability Trust will be working with the Department of Transport to support this government vision, both regionally and nationally. In response to a surge of interest in cycling during Covid-19, the Bikeability Trust has launched their #CycleMore2020 competition asking families to share what they love about cycling. 1 lucky family will win £250 LoveToShop  vouchers. For more information about safe cycling tips and Bikeability’s summer competition, please visit the group's website.  Emily Cherry, Executive Director of the Bikeability Trust said:- "This summer I am excited to encourage more families to get out on their bikes and take part in our #CycleMore2020 challenge. We are delighted that so many children have found confidence through the Bikeability programme and we are excited to continue to support children to enjoy the many benefits of cycling."

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 771 cases and the total number now stand at 303,952, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 74 according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 46,193.

In England, there are a total of 262,070 confirmed cases. North West - total of 46,277 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 2,560 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 1,570 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,067 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,206 confirmed cases

► Halton, 701 confirmed cases.

Blackpool, 1,049 confirmed cases.
Urgent warning issued to residents.

Blackburn with Darwen, 1,397 confirmed cases.
.   Under local lockdown warning

Bolton, 1,993 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Bury, 1,342 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,043 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,245 confirmed cases.

Lancashire, 3,306 confirmed cases.
Urgent warning issued to residents.

Manchester, 3,269 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Oldham, 2,134 confirmed cases.
Under new local lockdown measures!
    Numbers up by 29 cases.

Rochdale, 1,870 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning

Stockport, 1,748 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Tameside, 1,625 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Trafford, 1,438 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Wigan, 2,182 confirmed cases.

    Under local lockdown warning.

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