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Sign up for Kickstart, give
youth a chance and boost your business
THE Governmentís ₤2bn Kickstart
Scheme is aimed at creating hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs
for young people across the country; and local businesses are being urged to
sign up and reap the rewards. Businesses keen to get involved and offer
placements on the scheme are now able to bid for funding which will see the
Government pay 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National
Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.
Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said:- "Small and medium sized
businesses once again thriving, is key to our economic recovery which is why Iím
encouraging every single 1 to consider getting involved in our Kickstart Scheme
as part of their next stage. We want to create as many opportunities for young
people as possible and with representative bodies supporting SMEs to submit
bids, they will be guided through the process so they can start recruiting
Kickstarters. This innovative scheme is mutually beneficial for local employers,
who get new access to an enormous pool of potential, and the young recruits will
gain vital experience, confidence and a crucial boost to their career
British Chambers of Commerce Head of People Policy Jane Gratton said:-
"The Kickstart Scheme will help firms create and support thousands of
opportunities for young people, maintaining their access to the job market and
driving the UKís economic recovery. Chambers of Commerce, rooted in local
business communities, will be working hard to connect up employers and young
people, so that every opportunity to use the Kickstart Scheme is taken."
Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to get involved; hereís a handy guide for
small and medium sized businesses:-
Who can apply?
Any business, regardless of size, can apply for funding and the Government is
encouraging as many businesses as possible to submit bids.
How many people can I take on?
There is no limit to the number of Kickstart places a business can offer through
the scheme, and you can create just one Kickstart role if thatís what works for
However all Kickstart roles must be new, quality and cannot be used to fill
existing or planned vacancies.
What are the costs to the business?
Companies that are successful in securing funding will receive 100% of the
relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer
National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment
₤1500 per person will be available to cover employment support as well as
additional costs such as uniform expenses, setting up training and any admin
How do I apply?
If you are recruiting more than 30 people as part of the Kickstart Scheme you
can submit a bid directly online through:-
If you are looking to recruit fewer than 30 people you apply through an
Intermediaries can be other businesses, local authorities, trade bodies,
Chambers of Commerce and charities.
You can find an intermediary in your area by speaking to your local jobcentre,
or by looking
Once youíve provided your company name, contact details and location the DWP
employer team will get in touch within 48 hours to connect you with your local
Can I become an intermediary for my area?
Yes, businesses recruiting for fewer than 30 places are free to create their own
consortia and you can find more guidance on how you can become a representative
All intermediaries must have experience of managing partnership agreements with
third parties and robust financial and governance processes to manage the
Organisations acting as intermediaries for employers will be paid ₤300 for each
Why has it been designed this way?
The bid process has been designed to be as efficient as possible so businesses
can start interviewing quickly and young people can begin their placements.
Businesses applying through a registered intermediary will be given help and
guidance with their representative managing the bidding process on their behalf;
making it less labour intensive for SME's.
Once successful, how do businesses recruit?
Young people will be enrolled on the Kickstart scheme by their jobcentre Work
Coach, and then matched up with vacancies that are suitable for them. Kickstart
applicants will then go through the companyís normal interview process.
Sefton Council urging
tenants and landlords to get in touch if they need help and advice
ALTHOUGH the Government recently
extended the Eviction Ban it brought in in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
until Sunday, 20 September 2020, Sefton Council's Homeless Prevention Service
are keen to contact tenants and landlords who may be anticipating issues now.
By contacting the team at:-
Homeless.Prevention@Sefton.Gov.UK or by calling:- 07966 698 065
or 07870 379586, private rented and social housing tenants can get support to
help them maintain their tenancy. The Team can also provide assistance with
moving on to more affordable, and suitable accommodation if required.
Landlords facing issues such as rent arrears and late or inconsistent rent
payments or who have concerns about vulnerable tenants can also contact the team
for support in resolving the situation.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing
said:- "We know that COVID-19 has had an impact on many people's
circumstances and has had a negative effect on many households' incomes, which
could make housing costs a problem. The sooner tenants facing problems contact
us, the better the chance that we can work with them to find practical solutions
that avoid conflicts, evictions and the costs of legal proceedings. And by
working with landlords facing difficulties, we can also help them reach
solutions without the legal costs and lost rent that can arise from disputes and
Sefton Council wants to hear from tenants who have received an eviction notice
or have rent arrears, who are managing outstanding and current debts and who are
trying to reduce their expenses or get the most from their income.
People having problems applying for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) and
with concerns about their own or family members' mental health, drug or alcohol
issues affecting your tenancy should also contact the service.
Landlords who contact the team may be concerned about affordability issues due
to a change in circumstances, anti-social behaviour, their tenant's mental
health, addiction or other vulnerabilities that are affecting the tenancy.
Cllr Hardy added:- "There are a wide range of issues some of which are
very difficult for any of us to face up to and talk about but our Homeless
Prevention Service is there to make that initial conversation easier and then to
find constructive ways to overcome the problems. Despite this last-minute and
short-term hold on evictions for a month by the Government, I would urge any
tenants who are worried to get in touch with the Team at:-
Homeless.Prevention@Sefton.Gov.UK or on:- 07966 698 065 or 07870
Education Secretary has
"zero credibility" says a Sefton MP
A Merseyside MP has questioned
the credibility of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson following the exams and
Schools reopening fiascos. Shadow Minister (International Trade) Bill Esterson
MP said it was remarkable that Mr Williamson was still in post while his
officials had accepted responsibility for the department's failure and resigned.
The Head of Ofqual and the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education
both resigned, but Mr Williamson did not.
Mr Esterson, who is the Member of Parliament for Sefton Central, said the
"last straw" was the release of guidance to Schools just days before the
new term on the Friday evening of the August Bank Holiday weekend. And he said
Schools were still waiting to find out what plans were in place for Schools
affected by local lockdowns.
Mr Esterson said:- "Our Head Teachers and School leaders have worked
tirelessly through lockdown and over the summer to make Schools safe for pupils'
return. After the trauma of the exams fiasco, where thousands of students'
grades were unfairly downgraded, the Department for Education then decided that
the Friday night before a Bank Holiday weekend, just 5 days before the start of
the new term, was an appropriate time to release updated guidance. It is the
last straw and just demonstrates that Gavin Williamson has zero credibility
among staff or parents. School leaders in my constituency are telling me they
were horrified to receive this new guidance late at night before the Bank
Holiday Weekend and that the guidance didn't even make clear what was new. Then
this week we hear that Ofqual repeatedly warned the Minister that the algorithm
for awarding exam grades would let some children and parents down, and that the
Education Secretary cancelled the exams against Ofqual advice. In fact Ofqual
warned Mr Williamson in March that the use of the algorithm was very much a last
resort precisely because of the flaws it contained. It is incompetence on a
grand scale, and it is remarkable that the Education Secretary is still in post.
It appears that it is only the fact that Gavin Williamson is a close ally of the
Prime Minister that saw him given the job of Education Secretary in the first
place. Unfortunately, cronyism will take priority over competence and
credibility with this Government."
Mr Esterson said he had been contacted by School leaders who told him that it
was 10pm, on the Friday evening of the Bank Holiday Weekend that they received
new guidance for Schools regarding safe opening.
Some said they had taken their families away for a late summer break and were
totally unprepared to deal with the proposed changes.
Mr Esterson said:- "The Government has had months to consider how Schools
can safely operate. The unions have repeatedly asked for timely guidance and
have offered to work with the Government. So has the Labour Party opposition
front bench. But these offers to work together have been ignored by Ministers
and the end result is chaos and confusion. School Leaders tell me they had
already written their protocols and risk assessments for reopening based on the
previous guidance. They thought they were ready. Education Ministers showed a
complete lack of understanding of how Schools work in changing when they did.
How can 10pm on the Friday preceding a Bank Holiday Weekend be in any way an
appropriate time to release a 28,000 word detailed guidance document?"
Mr Esterson continued:- "The guidance even carried a warning to Head
Teachers about protecting Teacher wellbeing. It's a pity that Gavin Williamson
and his colleagues didn't consider Teacher wellbeing in the way they drew up
their plans. School leaders have had enough to do over the summer; along with
all the usual work they have to put in ahead of any School year starting. I have
written to the Education Secretary to say that any further guidance should be
released in a way that is planned and timely and less likely to impact on the
well being of School leaders. It should also be drawn up in collaboration with
Schools and unions."
Bill Esterson said Schools should be issued with guidance immediately regarding
what will happen when there are outbreaks of Covid-19 or where there is a local
lockdown. He said:- "We still haven't seen the plan for how we will keep
our Schools safe in the event of Covid outbreaks among students or during local
lockdowns. How will the Government ensure that children's education is not
damaged further? The whole approach of the Government to Schools during the
pandemic has been shambolic. The Education Secretary has zero credibility with
staff or parents. He has created confusion and undermined confidence at the very
time everyone needs to believe it is safe to go back to School. It is remarkable
that he has not been sacked by the Prime Minister, but if he is to stay in his
job he must learn from his mistakes and work with those who know what they are
doing in Schools to make sure Schools stay open and that children, staff and
families are safe."
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
number of UK Coronavirus
(COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed,
within the UK, has risen by 1,940 cases and the total number
now stand at 342,351, that includes tests carried out by
commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National
The number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be 10 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 41,537.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
743. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 76. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 124.
In England, there are a total of 295,594 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 54,668 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Liverpool, 2,939 confirmed cases.
Halton, 753 confirmed cases.
Knowsley, 1,095 confirmed cases.
Sefton, 1,730 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 1,300 confirmed cases.
Wirral, 2,290 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
Blackburn with Darwen, 1,902 confirmed cases.
Blackpool, 1,110 confirmed cases.
Bolton, 2,563 confirmed cases.
Bury, 1,637 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,426 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester, 2,173 confirmed
Lancashire, 8,417 confirmed cases.
Manchester, 4,460 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 3,007 confirmed cases.
Preston, 1,480 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 2,331 confirmed cases.
Salford, 1,904 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 2,014 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 2,005 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 1,733 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,453 confirmed cases
Wigan, 2,364 confirmed cases..
WARNING - Some areas within England which are currently in Lockdown or
have Enhanced Restrictions
LOCKDOWN restrictions have been eased in:-
Stockport, Burnley, Hyndburn, parts of Bradford,
excluding Bradford City and Keighley Town, parts of
Calderdale, excluding:- Halifax, and parts of
Kirklees, excluding:- Dewsbury and Batley.
According to Government rules, people living in
these areas can now:-
Socialise in groups of up to 2 households indoors or
in private gardens
Stay overnight at somebody else's home but must try
to social distance
Book close contact services such as facials and brow
or eyelash treatments
Visit bowling alleys, roller rinks, soft play
centres and casinos
Measures were imposed at the end of July amid a rise
Stockport has joined Wigan in being allowed to have
2 households socialise indoors.
But in:- Bolton, Trafford, Manchester, Salford,
Rochdale, Bury and Tameside it is still banned. In
Oldham people are advised not to meet up with other
households outdoors as well.
Daily reported COVID deaths are now measured across the UK
as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st
laboratory confirmed positive COVID test.
Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID-19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID-19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
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