million pound funding package for School transport
THOUSANDS of students
will be supported with new dedicated School and College
transport to get them to School or College in the autumn term,
the Education Secretary has announced. Delivering on the
national priority for all children and young people to return to
full time education in September 2020, local Transport
Authorities will receive more than ₤40 million funding for the
2020 Autumn Term. This funding will help them create extra
capacity and allow hundreds of thousands more students to use
alternatives to public transport, while social distancing
measures remain in place. We will review further arrangements in
the future should it be necessary. Students and staff who have
the option to walk, cycle or use a scooter are encouraged to do
so, benefitting from ₤2 billion of Government investment to
increase active travel. This will be supported by a new campaign
due to be launched shortly to reduce demand on public transport
at peak times and minimise overcrowding.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:- "Ahead of
delivering on the national priority of all children and young
people returning to full time education in September, I am
asking every staff member and student to plan now how they will
get to School or College. If it is possible to walk or cycle,
please do. While our public transport system has almost returned
to full service, I know thousands of people will choose to get
active and find alternative modes of transport, because with
distancing measures still in place it is important that we all
play our part to ensure everyone is able to get to School
safely, and on time. For those that have no other option than
public transport, this investment for local Authorities will
mean more students will be able to travel on dedicated home to
School and College transport, creating even more capacity where
it is needed most."
Local Transport Authorities will be allocated the funding to
reflect the number of children and young people in the local
area and how far they have to travel. This includes students
travelling to education or training, as well as anyone
supervising or escorting students to education provision.
Students returning to further education in September will also
benefit from this investment. Local Authorities should work with
providers and set out their travel arrangements for 16 to 19
year olds, taking into account that students in further
education often rely more on public transport and travel further
to get there.
Local Authorities continue to have a statutory duty to provide
free home to School transport for all eligible children of
compulsory School age, including children who attend their
nearest suitable and whose special educational needs and
disabilities mean they are unable to walk there. This will
continue alongside the offer of other modes of transport for
more students. The Department for Transport has also today
announced further funding for the bus and light rail sectors to
help increase services ahead of expected increase in public
transport use in September 220.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:- "Today’s funding
will allow local Authorities to procure dedicated extra capacity
in our transport system to help students get back to their
Colleges and Schools in time for the education restart in
September 2020. But we need everyone to do their bit and help
even further by cycling or walking where they can, whether
they’re a student going back to School or a parent commuting
into work. We’re making sure people have the support they need
to do that, with ₤2 billion of investment backing our ambitious
new Cycling and Walking plan unveiled by the Prime Minister."
Local Authorities will be provided with new detailed guidance,
which has been developed with the sector and Public Health
England, which sets out details they need to plan for transport
arrangements in September 2020. The support package announced
today reaffirms that it is a national priority for all children
and young people return to full time education in September
Responding to the announcement by the Department for Transport
that emergency bus and tram funding will be extended and by the
Department for Education on funding for home to school transport
provision, Cllr David Renard, the Local Government Association’s
transport spokesman, said:- "It is good further funding
has been announced for bus services and light rail, which have a
critical role to play in the national recovery from COVID-19 and
beyond, through supporting local economies, tackling poor air
quality and congestion and reaching the country’s net zero
carbon targets by 2050. However, these need long term funding to
support future provision. The most effective way forward would
be for the Government to give Councils oversight of local bus
services, so they can ensure effective targeting of any public
funding. We are pleased funding has been announced to support
home to school transport and it will be important for the
Government to work closely with schools and Councils to ensure
that the costs of covering extra transport capacity are fully
where the harm is (or could be) warns Sefton Council's Health
Interim Director of Public Health, Margaret Jones, reminder
about the need to remain COVID-19 vigilant at home, Sefton’s
Interim Director of Public Health has added her voice to those
of the region’s Public Health Directors urging people to ensure
they use face coverings in shops, takeaways and public
transport, avoid crowds and keep to social distancing of 2
metres. The plea from Directors of Public Health, who are now
leading the local response to COVID outbreaks, comes as COVID
cases are increasing in some communities. There have been
several outbreaks across the region and working with the NHS and
Public Health England, Directors have deployed additional mobile
testing units to pick up positive cases. Contacts of positive
cases can then be traced to prevent a further spread of the
virus. Local Authorities have been working hard with partners
dealing with settings involved in outbreaks and helping them
Mrs Jones said:- "Unless they are exempt, it is so
important people protect themselves and others by wearing a face
covering, keeping a distance of 2 metres and regularly washing
their hands. We have seen people incorrectly wearing face
coverings so they must cover your nose and mouth, you should
only handle your mask with clean hands. We want to prevent local
lockdowns and protect frontline services who will need to deal
with illness as a result of COVID-19. We really need people to
support us by doing everything they can to help keep our
families, friends and communities safe."
If you do develop symptoms of COVID (fever, new continuous cough
or loss/change of taste or smell) you can obtain a test. It's
easy to make an appointment by just visiting:-
NHS.UK or calling:- 119. If
your test is positive you must follow the guidance including
self isolating for 10 days and members of your household
self-isolating for 14 days.
The Government's latest guidance is a:-
Travel advice for
THE Foreign and
Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against
all, but essential international travel to Ireland. This was
announced in an updated issued on 8 August 2020. They also say
that additional local restrictions are in place, in 3 counties:-
Kildare, Laois and Offaly, since midnight, 7 August 2020; and
further information can be found on the Gov.UK
Coronavirus support for buses and trams, as total funding tops
ENGLAND'S bus and tram
services will receive extra support worth up to ₤256 million to
help them ramp up services ahead of expected increases in public
transport use in September, the Government has announced on
Saturday, 8 August 2020. Bus services across the country will
receive up to ₤218.4 million of support over the next 8 weeks,
with rolling funding at up to ₤27.3 million per week afterwards
until a time when the funding is no longer needed. Alongside
this, tram services have access from today to up to ₤37.4
million investment over 12 weeks, at a rate of up to ₤3.1
million a week, with funding to be reviewed at the end of the 12
week period. Currently, passenger numbers on bus and light rail
services are significantly below normal levels, despite the bus
network now running at over 80% of normal service levels, and
the 5 light rail systems running at similar levels. The funding
announced on the 8 August 2020 will enable operators to mitigate
the impact of the loss of revenue, while continuing to build
back to normal service levels. The latest round of funding; key
to safely getting young people back in education settings and
workers back to their offices; means total support during the
pandemic for bus and tram services will reach at least ₤700
million. This follows the ₤421 million already provided for
buses and the ₤56 million provided for trams during the
Roads Minister Baroness Vere said:- "As we continue
to open up the economy, more people are using public transport
and need sufficient service levels in order to travel safely.
That’s why we took swift action at the start of this outbreak to
ensure that these services were maintained for key workers then;
and would still be there for people when the economy opened back
up. This extension of funding pushes our overall support past
₤700 million, meaning people across the country will have access
to the transport services they need."
CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler added:- "Continued
social distancing measures mean capacity on buses remains
reduced and income from passenger fares is still significantly
lower than normal. This latest funding will help us keep running
a comprehensive bus network that millions of people rely on. Bus
operators remain committed to working with government,
passengers, businesses and local authorities to provide a safe,
flexible and sustainable bus network for local communities."
Further to this funding, the Government is also actively working
on ways to ensure the bus sector can operate independently and
be commercially viable. The Government is committed to a
sustainable future for bus services across the country
recognising the services are vital to millions of people’s
everyday lives. To ensure future bus services work for everyone,
the Government will publish a National Bus Strategy, to set out
how Government plans to support this vital sector going forward.
All bus operators in England outside London who previously
claimed the Bus Service Operators Grant, as well as operators
who run services tendered by Local Authorities, are eligible to
claim the new funding and future provisional funding. 5 tram
services in the:- North and Midlands; West Midlands Metro,
Sheffield Supertram, Manchester Metrolink, Tyne and Wear Metro
and Nottingham Trams; will be supported by the light rail
funding, with the money going directly to operators, as with the
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions' imposed in Preston
FRANCES Mortimer, from
Fabulous Farm Shops has put
a list of farm shops that they have been told are participating
in the 'Eat Out to Help Out'scheme, that they know about. The
nearest to Merseyside so far are:- 1 farm shop located in
Lancashire:- Barton Grange Farm Shop
Barton Grange Garden
Centre, Brock, Preston, PR30BT, call:- 01995642900 and 3 located
Cheerbrook Farm Shop
Shavington, Willaston, Nantwich, CW57EL, call:- 01270666431;
Lambing Shed Farm Shop
Moseley Hall Farm, Chelford Rd, Knutsford, WA168RB, call:- 01565
Nixon's Farm Shop Bolshaw
Road, Heald Green, Cheadle, SK83PS, call:- 01614374801. But
please be aware, if you are travelling outside your area, that
in the North West of England, some areas, like in Lancashire,
local Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions are in place. To check
restrictions in your area and areas you are wanting to visit,
please go to:-
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
THE total UK daily
number of lab-confirmed positive test results:-
758. The total
overall UK lab-confirmed positive test results:-
number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total,
was sadly reported to be:-
55, with the total number of deaths of
people who have had a positive test result now standing at:-
In England, there are a total of
new daily cases and
confirmed cases since the outbreak. North West - total of
47,818 confirmed cases.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK
1,067. The current number of COVID-19 patients
currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
Daily number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
142. Due to new UK Government
system of reporting we are having to sort out a new system to
bring you the local area results, for the Liverpool City Region
and surrounding areas.
The number of laboratory
cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around
the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
2,625 confirmed cases.
Sefton, 1,587 confirmed cases.
Wirral, 2,081 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 1,224 confirmed cases
1,034 confirmed cases.
Halton, 713 confirmed cases.
Blackpool, 1,060 confirmed cases.
Blackburn with Darwen, 1,523 confirmed cases.
Bolton, 2,070 confirmed cases.
Bury, 1,400 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester,
2,065 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,279 confirmed cases.
Lancashire, 7,374 confirmed cases.
Manchester, 3,483 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 2,315 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 1,948 confirmed cases.
Salford, 1,535 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 1,814 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 1,687 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 1,479 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,358 confirmed
Wigan, 2,209 confirmed cases.