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This page last updated on 08 January 2021

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority issues a plea for lockdown to be obeyed as Covid cases spiral

BOTH political and public health leaders across Liverpool City Region are urging people to follow lockdown rules, as rates of Covid19 continue to rise dramatically. The Liverpool City Region's 7 day rate is now 661.2 cases per 100,000 people, up from 207.4 per 100,000 the previous week. This means our rate has more than tripled in the last 7 days.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor the Liverpool City Region, said:- "Like many areas across the country we are seeing rates of Covid increase exponentially in the Liverpool City Region and this is of grave concern to us all. In the coming days we will start to see the full impact of Christmas relaxations on our Covid rates and we know that when rates go up, hospital admissions and, sadly, deaths will follow. Now that vaccines have begun to rollout, we have a clear route to ending this Pandemic and we will be doing everything we can as a City Region to speed up that rollout wherever possible. However, while this is happening, we still have some very, very difficult weeks ahead. In our Region we are known for our solidarity and community spirit. So, I am urging everyone to continue to do the right thing and abide by the restrictions; stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives."

Matthew Ashton, Chair of the Multi Agency Intelligence cell of the Merseyside Resilience Forum, which is leading the Regional response to the Covid19 Pandemic, said:- "The next few weeks are going to be extremely difficult and unfortunately it will be some time until we see the impact of the lockdown take effect. People need to stay at home as much as possible. Only leave the house when absolutely necessary. People need to stick to the rules, and ask themselves just because they can do something, that does not mean they should. If you are a frontline worker and have a Symptom Free Test Centre in your area, get tested regularly so you can self isolate before symptoms show. We are working hard with health and Government partners to accelerate the rollout of the vaccine for the most vulnerable groups but this will not happen overnight. In the meantime we need people to redouble their efforts to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, and challenge those friends and relatives who are not doing so."

Test centres to be targeted at the frontline

MP Damien Moore has urged Southport people to apply for new ₤9,000 grants which have been made available to help local businesses to get through the new national lockdown. The grants have been announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help firms over the next few weeks as the country works together to combat growing Covid19 cases. The Chancellor has also provided ₤500million in discretionary funding to help local businesses.

Southport Conservative MP Damien Moore said:- "Throughout this Covid pandemic, the Government's economic priority has been to do all it can to protect jobs. A huge economic package is now in place to support businesses over the Winter, including monthly grants for closed businesses worth up to ₤3,000 per month, extending the furlough scheme to April and providing further SEISS grants to support the self employed to April. We have to unite and do all we can to follow the guidance and defeat this virus, while Covid vaccinations are rolled out. While we do that it is important to provide essential financial support to our local businesses until we can emerge from this current lockdown."

Following further National Restrictions announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Monday, 4 January 2020, that will prevent further spread of the virus, today the Government has announced that it will provide additional support to the most affected businesses, worth ₤4.6 billion across the United Kingdom.

 A 1 off grant for closed businesses in England of up to ₤9,000.

 ₤500 million discretionary funding provided to English Local Authorities to support local businesses.

 Barnett funding of ₤729 million.

 This support will help businesses get through this difficult period through to the Spring. We will take further decisions about our economic response to Coronavirus and how best to support the economy, businesses and jobs at the Budget on the 3 March 2020.

New grant to support:- retail, hospitality and leisure businesses forced to closed:-

 Retail, hospitality and leisure business premises forced to close can claim a 1 off grant of up to ₤9,000. The 1 off additional grant each business premises will receive depends on their rateable value:-

 Businesses with a rateable value of ₤51,000 or above = ₤9,000.

 Businesses with a rateable value between ₤15,000 and ₤51,000 = ₤6,000.

 Businesses with a rateable value of ₤15,000 or below = ₤4,000.

 This 1 off grant is in addition to the existing monthly closed grants of up to ₤3,000 per month that businesses continue to be eligible for. These grants are worth over ₤1 billion in total per month.

 The Government expects over 600,000 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure business premises in England to benefit from these grants.

 Businesses can receive multiple grants, as they are eligible on a per premises basis.

 Local Authorities will receive the funding for these 1 off grants next week, and are encouraged to make payments to businesses as soon as possible.

 Additional discretionary funding for Local Authorities to support their local businesses

 Local Authorities (in England) will also be given an additional ₤500 million of discretionary funding to support their local businesses.

 This builds on (and will be allocated in the same way as) the ₤1.1 billion discretionary funding which Local Authorities in England have already received to support their local economies and help businesses impacted.

But as we have been told by Sefton Council:- "Unfortunately, there have been many sectors that have not been eligible for some of the grants. We are still waiting to hear what the new financial package will consist of and who will benefit."

We have written to both MP Damien Moore and MP Bill Esterson asking what support can be given to those who have constantly been excluded and those who are not classed as:- retail, hospitality and leisure, but are still disproportionally affected by the lockdowns?

Please use this link to what grants have been made available this year within the Sefton area:- Sefton.Gov.UK

Care England's view on:- 'Integrating Health with Social Care'

CARE England, the largest representative body of independent Adult Social Care providers, have submitted its response to the NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) consultation on integrated care systems.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "Adult Social Care is essential to the fabric of society, this has been seen in technicolour over the incredibly difficult past months so it is disappointing that NHSEI has failed to recognise the strategic relationship between health and social Care providers in its future planning for integrated care. On 26 November 2020, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) published Integrating care: Next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems which sets out the policy proposals for the future of integrated care systems (ICSs) in England, as well as outlining two proposals for how ICSs are to become legislation by April 2022, subject to Governmental approval. NHSEI were consulting on two possible options for enshrining ICSs in legislation. Whilst Care England supports the direction of the policy as it emphasises the need for a greater degree of collaboration and integration across the health and Social Care system, this integration must include a place for independent Adult Social Care sector providers. These providers form the foundations of good community care services and care for some of society's most vulnerable."

Martin Green continues:- "As such an important part of the jigsaw, Adult Social Care should not be fighting its case, rather NHS England should be focusing on a vision for the future incorporating a workforce plan and fairer funding to providers including Continuing Healthcare."

Merseyrail reintroduction of services statement

MERSEYRAIL have issued the following statement further background information on actions taken overnight and this morning which led to the reintroduction of services:- "Throughout yesterday, the forecasted weather overnight and into this morning showed a combination of snow, sleet and rain which together causes problems for our electrified rail, which powers our trains. Rain and sleet can wash anti-ice away, while snow and sleet can create a new layer of ice on top of the rail, which electricity cannot pass through and therefore trains are unable to run. As a result of this, we believed it was very unlikely that trains would be able to operate this morning and therefore made the difficult decision not to run our timetabled service. We had hoped that this advance notice would give passengers enough time to make alternative travel arrangements. This morning, specialised trains were deployed on to the network to assess lines and lay anti-ice. If successful, our own trains would run along the lines, without passengers, to determine if it was safe to begin a passenger service. It would not have been possible to complete this prior to the first timetabled train, at approximately 5:30am, due to forecasted weather continuing into the morning.  During the test runs this morning, the test trains did become stuck, meaning if we had committed to running a timetabled passenger service, there would have been an extremely high number of cancellations on the network throughout the morning. The primary cause of disruption to services is a build-up of ice on the third rail, which is often worsened by the rail temperature being much lower than the air temperature. This ice can damage trains as electricity tries and fails to pass through it. Nearly one third of our fleet of trains were damaged during the freezing New Year conditions due to a build-up of ice. Lines are currently being assessed and if successful a passenger service where re-introduced throughout the morning and we returned to our timetable from approximately midday. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. Please continue to check our Twitter account and the Merseyrail website for the latest updates before travelling throughout the lockdown."

Coronavirus testing for hauliers to continue following decision by French Government

THE current testing arrangements for hauliers crossing the Channel; where they must have had a negative Coronavirus test within 72 hours of crossing; are set to continue following a decision by the French Government, on Thursday, 7 January 2020.

The continuation means that hauliers; including:- drivers and crew of HGVs, drivers of LGVs and van drivers; planning to cross the Channel should get a negative test before travelling to Kent or other Channel Crossing points. Following the French Government's original decision to close the border to the UK, and the subsequent reopening of the border to hauliers on the condition of a negative Covid test on the 23 December 2020, it was agreed the arrangements would be reviewed regularly.

Having met to discuss the situation, the French Government has made the decision to keep current measures in place until further notice. While the Government acted swiftly during December to help hauliers move across the border steadily, drafting in the military to deliver tests in Kent, hauliers are now being urged to get a negative Covid19 test before travelling to the border, to help further with avoiding backlog or traffic management issues.

The UK's Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said:- "After the decision by the French Government, back in December 2020, we acted swiftly to find a solution to the border closures, so hauliers could continue to travel and people continued to get their deliveries. Following the French Government's decision today to extend the current arrangements, I continue to urge all hauliers to get tested before getting to the border, and only travel if they test negative. To help make this possible we are offering support to businesses to set up testing facilities at their own premises, assisting the smooth passage of trucks and good across the border, as well as setting up testing at information and advice sites around the country."

To help hauliers get tested before travelling to Kent, 34 information and advice sites have been set up across the country, linked to key haulier stopping spots on their journeys, so they can get their negative test before heading to the border. Further sites are in the process of being set up.

In addition, the Government is offering to help any business to set up a testing centre at its own premises to ensure trucks heading for France depart 'COVID ready.' This includes the provision of testing kits entirely free of charge.

As with the previous arrangements agreed on the 23 December 2020, hauliers must continue to have proof of an authorised negative test, conducted within 72 hours of travelling to the border to cross over.

If they do not meet these requirements, they will be stopped from travelling.

Key information:-

 Testing requirement for hauliers crossing the Channel to continue.

 Hauliers must continue to have proof of an authorised negative test, conducted within 72 hours of travelling to the border to cross over.

 Government urges all hauliers to seek tests at 1 of 34 information and advice sites before travelling to Kent to help smooth traffic management.

FSCS declared 13 firms in default in November and December 2020

THIS means Regular notice that consumers could be in line for compensation... People who have dealt with any of the 13 firms listed below, and believe they are owed money as a result, can now make a claim to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). This vital service, which is free to consumers, protects money held in Bank, Building Society and Credit Union accounts. It also protects insurance, investments, mortgage advice and arranging, and debt management.

Caroline Rainbird, FSCS's Chief Executive, said:- "Because these firms are unable to pay back the money they owe their customers, FSCS can step in and pay them compensation. As Chief Executive, I see 1st hand the important role FSCS plays to help people who have lost money through their dealings with financial services firms that have failed or are no longer trading. The impact of their financial loss should not be underestimated. People who claim through FSCS are often vulnerable. We treat each person with empathy and understanding as their claim is progressed."

Since it began in 2001, FSCS has helped more than 4.5m people.

Visit our claims site at:- FSCS.Org.UK, if you wish to make a claim with FSCS against any of these firms. You can also contact our Customer Services Team on:- 08006781100 or 02077414100, or by email at:- Enquiries@FSCS.Org.UK.

Declarations by FSCS from 1 November to 31 December 2020:-

November 2020:-

 Barnbeck Limited t/a Brecks Saab, FRN:- 312552, Great North Way, Nether Poppleton, York, North Yorkshire YO26 6RB.

 Dexia PAM Limited formerly Pembroke Asset Management Ltd t/a Day Hartley & Pembroke Limited, FRN:- 116383, Shackleton House, 4 Battle Bridge Lane, London SE1 2GZ.

 Direct Market Touch Limited, FRN:- 490521, c/o 9 New Street, London EC2M 4TP.

 Drew (UK) Financial Services, FRN:- 180995, 28 Middleton Avenue, Sidcup, Kent DA14 4JW.

 Fiducia Wealth Solutions Limited formerly Regen Investments Limited, FRN:- 646975, 45 Hornbeam Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN39 5JQ.

 J L Fisher Financial Services Limited, FRN:- 116035, 60 King's Walk, Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL1 1LA.

 Mentor Financial Limited, FRN:- 179105, 6 High Street, Datchet, Slough, Berkshire SL3 9EA.

 Stephen Davies (Haverfordwest) Limited t/a Imperial Garages, Imperial Leisure, Imperial Marine, FRN:- 313079, Imperial Garages, Portfield, Haverfordwest SA61 1DY.

 Wingray Autos Limited, FRN:- 312447, Woolton Garage, Menlove Avenue, Liverpool, Merseyside L25 7SB.

December 2020:-

 Horbury Bridge Garages Limited, FRN:- 315045, 223 Bridge Road, Horbury, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 5QA.

 Optimus Wealth Management Limited formerly Howard and Co (Mortgages) Limited, Panayi Limited, FRN:- 432564, Office 101, 1st Floor, 200 Aldersgate, London EC1A 4HD.

 Ober Private Clients Limited, FRN:- 706215, We Work Building, One St Peter's Square, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 3DE.

 Walker Woodhead Financial Planning Limited t/a Walker Financial Planning Limited, FRN:- 401158, 70 Market Street, Tottington, Bury, Lancashire BL8 3LJ.

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:- 68,053 cases and the total number now stand at:- 2,957,472 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:- 1,325, 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:- 79,833, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 82,624.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 31,624. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 2,929 Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 3,867.

In England, there are a total of:- 2,559,581 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 416,065 confirmed cases.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the Liverpool City Region are as follow


Area and number of confirmed cases:- Risen by:-

Liverpool City Region
Nation Lockdown

National UK Restrictions

Liverpool, 32,763 confirmed cases.


Halton, 7,517 confirmed cases.


Knowsley, 10,968 confirmed cases. 334
Sefton, 15,156 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 10,377 confirmed cases.


Wirral, 15,532  confirmed cases.


Colour Key:- 0  1 to 10 11 to 20 21 to 30  31 to 40 41 to 50 51 to100 101 over  

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within Local Authorities around the Liverpool City Region, since start of the Pandemic, are as follows:-


 Blackburn with Darwen, 12,904 confirmed cases.

 Blackpool, 6,737 confirmed cases.

 Bolton, 18,258 confirmed cases.

 Bury, 12,627 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire East, 14,210 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire West and Chester, 14,344 confirmed cases.

 Lancashire, 66,645 confirmed cases.

 Manchester, 38,487 confirmed cases.

 Oldham, 17,756 confirmed cases.

 Preston, 9,259 confirmed cases.

 Rochdale, 15,779 confirmed cases.

 Salford, 16,591 confirmed cases.

 Stockport, 13,990 confirmed cases.

 Tameside, 12,722 confirmed cases.

 Trafford, 11,679 confirmed cases.

 Warrington, 12,111 confirmed cases

 Wigan, 20,935 confirmed cases.

Total UK people who have received vaccination

1st Dose 2nd Dose
1,296,432 21,313
The vaccination programme began on 8 December 2020 with people receiving the vaccine developed by Pfizer / BioNTech, and people began receiving the Oxford University / AstraZeneca vaccine from 4 January 2021. Both vaccines are given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart, for a full vaccination course.

Daily reported 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.


The latest R number is estimated at:- 1 to 1.4 with a daily infection growth rate range of:- 0% to +6%, as of 8 January 2021.

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