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This page last updated on 4 November 2020
7.5m pints of
beer destined for the drain are saved, as pub takeout rules are eased
LOCAL pubs have been thrown a
lifeline which means that the predicted 7,500,000 pints of beer destined for the
drain tonight can be consumed by regulars after all.
"Basically as long as the takeaway beer has been pre-ordered and customers do
not enter the premises, pubs have the greenlight to sell the leftover beer this
weekend; it's saved potentially 7.5m pints of beer from being tipped down the
drain later today," explains Charlotte Green from waste company
Yesterday a huge campaign was launched by TradeWaste.Co.UK to reduce the amount
of waste beer being thrown down the drain due to the Lockdown restrictions on
pubs and restaurants. It was backed by pub loving celebs like Chef Tom Kerridge
and Jodie Kidd themselves complaining of the "absurd" rules
regarding not allowing pubs to sell off leftover beer for takeaway drinkers.
Overnight the Government relaxed the rules, but stipulated that no customer must
cross the pub threshold and must not congregate outside the pub. Pubs will also
be allowed to serve takeaway food and beer during the Lockdown, a welcome
reprieve for many.
"We think the change will save at least 3m pints from being binned over the
weekend if not more; but we need beer loving locals to support their pubs
ordering the leftover beer," Green explains.
You may now contact your local pub by phone, email or text message to order
How to Help Your Local Pub and Reduce Beer Waste...
email or text your local pub and ask them if you can buy their leftover beer.
to either collect, or where available organise delivery.
must not enter the pub and you must leave immediately after collection.
A Government spokesperson said:- "They [pubs] can sell alcohol as part of
delivery services, including through click and collect, over the telephone and
by other remote methods of ordering for collection, provided customers do not
congregate as groups once they have picked up their order."
"It's a big breakthrough for local pubs during Lockdown, and will no doubt save
small breweries too; many are switching their delivery methods to more direct to
consumer ones anyway; however it's important to ensure that all glass and
packaging is recycled after use." concluded Charlotte Green from
should have been introduced months ago, says MP Bill Esterson
MP Bill Esterson has welcomed mass testing in
Liverpool as a way to fight the spread of Coronavirus, but says the Government
should have introduced this months ago. The Sefton Central MP said he had been
contacted by a British owned company company, in April, that was offering to
carry out 50,000 saliva only rapid Covid tests per day, which had been ignored
by the Government. The MP said the ability to carry out mass testing has been
available for many months, and if the Government had embraced it in the summer
when they had the chance, they would have been better prepared for a 2nd
Mr Esterson said:- "The Government has been far too slow to act and this
has cost lives and caused more damage to the economy. Mass testing in Liverpool
is welcome of course, because if we know where the virus is we can isolate it
and reduce the spread, but it should have come far sooner. The ability to carry
out mass testing has been available for many months."
In April, the MP was contacted by representatives from Curative, a British owned
American company which has UK facilities. Curative had a saliva only test that
is used in the US and which they have been trying to bring to the UK, which
could deliver and analyse 50,000 tests per day as long ago as April 2020.
Mr Esterson representatives have told us that:- "They 1st contacted the
Government on 4 April 4 with evidence of the test's efficacy. On April 7 they
were told by the Government that their test was:- 'undifferentiated against the
existing portfolio of tests' therefore the Government would not pursue working
with them. But this wasn't true as Curative were offering saliva only tests, not
nasal swabs, and that at the time the Government was trying to ramp up testing
to a promised 100,000 a day, and Curative would have significantly added to
testing and lab capacity. The company say they received no response to this. The
test had emergency use authorisation from the US Food And Drug Administration (FDA)
having been through its evaluation process, and had higher accuracy than other
saliva tests. It is not known which saliva tests the Government is planning to
use in the Liverpool mass testing trial. The Curative test was used 70,000 times
in Los Angeles in April and was used extensively by the US armed forces. The
test can also be carried out at home."
Mr Esterson added:- "It was clear back in April that Curative offered a route
to mass testing the population, so why has it taken the Government until
November to trial this in just one area? The roll out of mass testing is welcome
but it should have been done far sooner. If it had been done in the summer we
could have reduced the need for this 2nd national Lockdown. The Government has
failed on every level and the result is more deaths, more pressure on the NHS
and more economic harm."
Curative representatives told Mr Esterson in July that they had faced a number
of roadblocks in trying to get the saliva test clinically evaluated in the UK
even though it was already being used to carry out mass testing in the US.
Mr Esterson representatives have alleged that:- "1 million of the tests
were carried out in the US in the 1st 105 days of the programme in the spring,
and another 1 million tests, in the next 25 days. By the end of August they had
run around 4 million tests, including testing all the staff of Florida's Care
Homes as well as running numerous state drive through programs. However, they
were ignored by the UK Government. The importance of mass testing was
highlighted in a paper released on 12 September 2020, by the Tony Blair
Institute For Global Change:- 'The Risk Calculus of Covid19: How We Avoid a 2nd
National Lockdown This Winter,' which identified mass testing as key to avoiding
another national Lockdown. The Authors wrote:- 'A critical element of the
infrastructure needed to avoid a 2nd wave is mass testing' and that the
Government should "bring on stream all possible viable tests by not letting the
best be the enemy of good enough."
Mr Esterson has consistently called for the test and trace system to be handed
to local public health teams.
Mr Esterson concluded:- "The Government has delayed for too long in
introducing mass testing. The capability has been there since April and the
knowledge that this would be crucial to avoiding a 2nd wave and a 2nd Lockdown
has also been widely known for months. The NHS Test and Trace system, costing an
astounding ₤12bn, has been a failure. It is time to hand some of those funds
over to the local public health teams to start getting this right."
issues statement on visiting Care Homes
CARE England, the largest
representative body for independent providers of Adult Social Care, has called
for greater clarity around DHSC's revised position on care home visiting.
Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of
Care England, says:- "There is a
continued importance of balancing safety with well being and Care England awaits
further details from the DHSC on its latest guidance for care homes for older
people and those for younger adults. Care providers cannot prepare overnight,
they need time, assurance and confidence in the guidance. Moreover any new
protocol needs to include indemnity for care providers."
The latest press release from DHSC can be found at on the .Gov.UK
website. Care England is desperate
for reassurance that the DHSC will be working intensively over the next few
weeks to ensure that a robust visiting policy is in place once Lockdown has been
Martin Green continues:- "We sent the Secretary of State some visiting
principles last month and hope that they will be taken into account when the
fuller guidance is issued. We anticipate that visiting will remain a prevalent
topic at our Conference next week; we have many unanswered questions. We
are really upset that a proper policy has not been published in time when a 2nd
Lockdown was always on the cards."
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee,
Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at CQC and Matthew Gould, CEO
of NHSX are scheduled to speak at Care England's Conference, on 12 November
2020. You can register for free at Care England Conference 2020, or for more
information please email:-
and Rescue Service scoops prestigious Spirit of Fire Award for Charity
MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service's Charity
Committee, has today won a prestigious Spirit of Fire award at a virtual
ceremony held by The Fire Fighters Charity and introduced by His Royal Highness
The Duke of Cambridge.
Winning the Supporter of The Year - Team award at the Charity's virtual awards
ceremony, the Committee; made up of serving and retired volunteers from across
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service; was recognised for its outstanding
fundraising and awareness raising achievements over recent years.
The Merseyside Committee's award was announced on the night by comedian, radio
and television presenter, and host of The Last Leg, Adam Hills.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge introduced The Fire Fighters Charity's
virtual Spirit of Fire Awards via a recorded video message.
Opening the ceremony The Duke spoke of the challenges faced by fire service
personnel in the wake of Covid19, reiterating why it's so important that they
know where to turn when they need support themselves.
The Duke also announced the 1st award of the evening; the Special Recognition
Award for Excellence in The Field of Mental Health; recognising the achievements
of winner Shilla Patel, Inclusion Manager at London Fire Brigade.
A further 13 awards were announced by a host of famous faces over the course of
the evening, including: Brian May CBE, Jason Watkins, Michael Sheen OBE, Dame
Julie Walters DBE, Simon Day, Reverend Kate Bottley, Dame Katherine Grainger
DBE, Clare Balding OBE, Susanna Reid, Les Ferdinand MBE, Maddie Moate and Greg
The Spirit of Fire Awards recognise the fundraising and awareness raising
achievements of members of the UK's Fire Services community in their support of
The Fire Fighters Charity, as well as the courage of the Charity's beneficiaries
in the face of personal adversity.
Usually held in London, with a reception at No.10 Downing Street, the
Coronavirus pandemic meant that the Charity took the awards ceremony online in
2020 for the 1st time.
The Fire Fighters Charity Chief Executive, Dr Jill Tolfrey, said of the
Committee's award:- "The team of volunteers on Merseyside's Charity
Committee has transformed the way the Service approaches its fundraising. Giving
up their time, pouring their energies into fundraising and sharing information
about the Charity, has made a huge difference. They are a model Fire and Rescue
Service and everyone at the Charity sends their congratulations on this well
Editor:- "Warning Palm Oil is still on Ainsdale Beach."
"HI, Just to let you know the Palm Oil is still being
washed up on to the Ainsdale Beach. My 3 year old Bedlington Terrier, Herbert,
picked up a small amount from Ainsdale Beach at 9am, on 4 November 2020, and was
immediately taken to the vets within 30 mins to receive treatment (Induced
Vomiting) which is extremely important as palm oil in any capacity is fatal if
not treated within a few hours. Herbert, along with our other Bedlington
Terrier, Bruce (4 yrs) hit the headlines a year ago having consumed Palm Oil
from the same location and received treatment, induced vomiting, at that time
and had a full recovery. Although I (Neil Prior) noticed it was only a small
amount that herbert had consumed this time around ,I wasn't going to the any
risks,particularly as from experience I was 100% sure that it was Palm Oil as
the remnants left were white, greasy, soap like pieces that smelt of fish...
That is exactly the same as what he and Bruce had consumed in October 2019.
Herbert is back home having received the treatment and prescribed charcoal and
anti biotics The vets confirmed that they hadn't had any reports of palm oil for
a very long time." Regards Neil Prior and Martha Prior, Ainsdale,
Editors note:- "We have had reports of Palm Oil being found on Crosby,
Hightown and Formby. We forwarded the posts on our Twitter accounts, both:-
SouthportReport. thanks for letting our readers
know about this and we hope you dig makes a full recovery."
Celebrate and vote
for your favourite park or green space in Sefton
AS Sefton residents and visitors alike have enjoyed
exploring our beautiful parks and green spaces more than ever this year, now
they can reward their favourite with a vote as part of the Green Flag People's
Across the Borough there are whole host of stunning Green Flag and Community
Green Flag Award winning spaces eligible for the public vote. They include
Ainsdale Village Park, to Seaforth Green, and King's Gardens, to the Queensway
Supporters of Sefton's green spaces simply need to visit:-
GreenFlagAward.Org to find their favourite
from the Borough on the winners map before clicking the vote button.
Voting is open until Wednesday, 25 November 2020, with the top 10 winning sites
set to be announced in early December 2020.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing,
said:- "Having quality green spaces is very important to residents and
visitors, and we know just how important those places have been this year for
people to exercise and enjoy time outdoors safely during the health crisis.
What's more, we have a network of dedicated volunteers and community groups,
working alongside our Green Sefton team, who put so much effort into maintaining
these spaces to such a high standard for everyone to enjoy. It would be
wonderful to see Sefton represented among the People's Choice Award winners, so
please do vote for your favourite to give them a chance to get in to the top
Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award Manager, said:- "This year we
have all seen the importance of our precious parks and green spaces. The
People's Choice Award is an opportunity to show how much your favourite park
means to you. Make your voice heard and vote now."
Cllr Ian Moncur added:- "2019 saw thousands of people voting for their
favourite park, with winners coming from all across the UK, from London to
Lanarkshire so we have our fingers crossed that Sefton will be victorious this
year. Once you've submitted your favourite, why not encourage your friends and
family to vote, and all the very best of luck to our Green Flag and Community
Green Flag Award winning sites in Sefton!"
South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust Annual Members Meeting Invite
THE Lancashire and South Cumbria
NHS Foundation Trust will be holding its Annual Members Meeting on Monday, 16
November 2020. It takes place from 9.30am and is open to all members of the
public. To find out more or register to attend visit:-
MI-Nomination.Com or call:- 023 8076 3987.
LGA calls for a
'UK Lockdown Exit Stratergy'
COUNCILS are working urgently to
put measures in place to support people; especially those who are clinically
extremely vulnerable; ahead of further nationwide restrictions and are preparing
to distribute funding quickly to businesses forced to close as a result. The
Local Government Association, which represents Councils of all types across
England, said the next four weeks will undoubtedly be a daunting time for
residents and businesses. It is urging people to do their bit to help drive down
infection rates by continuing to follow the rules. Ahead of the 2nd Nationwide
Lockdown tomorrow, the LGA said lessons must be learnt from the past seven
months, particularly around the importance of tapping into and using local
expertise. It is calling on the Government to:-
jointly with Councils to co-develop a clear strategy for after the national
restrictions are set to end on 2 December 2020, with clear criteria about which
restrictions or Tier Alert Levels will apply.
build upon successful local contact tracing efforts to address the current
limitations of the national NHS Test and Trace scheme. For that to happen,
Councils need timely, clearer, more precise information on who they should be
trying to contact as soon as possible. The Government also needs to better
understand and provide the funding needed for Councils to undertake the contact
tracing they are picking up; as well as what they could do in the future.
the roll out of a Covid19 vaccine, it is vital that the Government and NHS
engages with Councils' Directors of Public Health now so they can help
co-ordinate the roll out and utilise their local knowledge and expertise to
ensure residents can be immunised as quickly as possible. This will be too big a
task for the NHS to do on its own.
While Councils continue to do all they can to support communities, the Pandemic
has amplified financial pressures that already existed. This has taken place
alongside a loss of income from fees and charges and other income. The
Government has provided much needed funding and introduced positive financial
measures to help. However, significant challenges remain both this year and in
the long term which are likely to be exacerbated even further by these latest
national restrictions. Councils in England face a ₤4 billion funding gap
to maintain services at today's levels, in 2021/2022. As Councils set their
budgets for 2021/2022, it is critical that Government provides the funding
needed to ensure Councils can continue to support their communities. Cllr James
Jamieson, LGA Chairman, said:- "This 2nd Lockdown will be tough for many, but
Councils are stepping up again to support residents, especially those who are
more vulnerable, businesses and education settings. It is imperative that we use
this Lockdown to get on top of this virus and bring down infection and
transmission rates. This means all of us continuing to follow the guidance, self
isolate if necessary, wear a face covering and wash our hands regularly but also
must include the Government accelerating mass testing and enabling local contact
tracing arrangements to be scaled up. Clarity about the criteria for lifting
restrictions locally will be important for people up and down the country and we
urge the Government to work with Councils to co-design the exit strategy from
this Lockdown. Driving strong local action will add further pressure to already
over stretched Council budgets. Only with the necessary powers and resources,
can Councils continue to lead local efforts to tackle outbreaks swiftly and
effectively, keep services running and support communities and businesses."
Sikh Council UK
Statement on restrictions imposed during 2nd Lockdown
"NANAK Naam Chardikala. Tere
Bhaane Sarbat Da Bhalla, 'Through the Name of God may there be high sprits.
Through the will of God may all flourish.' Sikhs begin and end their day with
the above prayer for all humanity. This prayer forms the basis of our actions as
a community. We continue to stand, support and protect society during the
Covid19 Pandemic. We do so only through the teachings of our Guru. We are deeply
offended and disappointed by the Prime Minister's announcement and related
guidance that infringes on the practice and expression of faith in the United
Kingdom. Whilst we are hopeful for members of this nation to be able to enjoy
the festive season (of Christmas) we are equally troubled by the Governments'
approach to Sikhs. It seems the Prime Minister, who has frequented Gurdwaras on
numerous campaigns, has ignored Bandi Chorh Diwas (Diwali) and the Parkash Purab
of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee, the founder of our faith, in any considerations.
Faith communities such as ours, have displayed a high level pragmatism by making
considerable changes in their operation. Most Gurdwaras have become exemplary
Covid19 secure venues, and their contribution to society during these testing
times has been disproportionately large. Therefore, it seems unreasonable to
continue with the 'blanket' policy adopted by the Government. We hoped the
Government had learnt lessons on consultation from the controversy it incited
due to the appointment of a 'Sikh Faith Leader,' earlier this year. The Sikh
community, like other faith groups, is not homogenous but has a range of
organisations and institutions with diverse views and opinions. The majority of
our community has viewed this as the Government's attempts to recruit agreeable
voices in the guise of 'consultation.' Unfortunately, this continues to date.
Sikhs around the UK were dismayed that the 1st Lockdown acted precipitously and
impacted Vaisakhi. We have repeatedly urged the Government to broaden its
approach and be more inclusive and aware of the faith practises of
Non-Christians. The Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee is the most
important event in the Sikh Calendar. It is clear that spiritual needs are
paramount in times of stress, and they can continue safely in a Lockdown if
considered carefully with wider input. These restrictions, without sound
reasoning, remind the Sikh Community of some of the darkest phases in history.
Politicians in the United Kingdom have always been welcome in Gurdwaras. Boris
Johnson is amongst many who have used the Guru's Free Kitchen (Langar) during
electoral campaigns. It seems, apart from 'photo-ops,' no learning or
inspiration was drawn from the Guru's Free Kitchen for all. If this approach of
the Government continues, places of worship may also change their approach
towards politicians." Gurpreet Singh Anand, Secretary General,
Sikh Council UK.
Total UK cases COVID19 cases in
and around Liverpool City Region
THE total number of UK
Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 25,177 cases and the
total number now stand at 1,099,059 that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in
the 4 National totals.
THE total number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added
to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 492, within 28 days
of positive test, 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:- 47,742, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:- 60,051.
The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
12,320. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,142 Daily
number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 1,421.
In England, there are a total of 934,099 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 231,043 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
LIVERPOOL City Region
St. Helens, 6,098
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
with Darwen, 7,060 confirmed cases.
3,992 confirmed cases.
6,605 confirmed cases.
and Chester, 6,307 confirmed cases.
35,506 confirmed cases.
21,807 confirmed cases.
5,320 confirmed cases.
9,090 confirmed cases.
9,718 confirmed cases.
7,910 confirmed cases.
7,795 confirmed cases.
6,794 confirmed cases.
6,503 confirmed cases
Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that
occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed
positive Covid19 test. Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
Previous 24hr Data
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