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This page last updated on 10 November 2020
Leader welcomes introduction of new Covid19 Testing for people without symptoms
SEFTON Borough Council Leader
Cllr Ian Maher has welcomed the news that Sefton is 1 of the Local Authorities
where mass Coronavirus testing for people without symptoms is to be rolled out.
Cllr Maher said:- "I am delighted that people across our Borough are going
to benefit from the new Lateral flow tests, have a turnaround time of under an
hour. Although we have been limited with the number of tests and will only be
able to test 10% of the population it’s another way of identifying people who
have Coronavirus before they show symptoms. This will help reduce the number of
people they might spread it to and in turn the overall the transmission rate.
Sefton residents and people who work here who don’t have Coronavirus symptoms
will be able to go and get a test. They will quickly receive a result, which
hopefully confirms they don’t have COVID-19 and are not infectious. Those people
who don’t have symptoms but who receive a positive test result, meaning they are
infectious and could prevent a risk to any of their family, friends and
colleagues who may be vulnerable, will then be able to isolate for the required
period. By taking the tests regularly, people across the Borough will be able to
monitor their condition, which will help to reduce infections rates and help
pave the way back to some kind of normality in the future. Lateral flow tests
have been available since Friday for people who live or are employed in
Liverpool, including Sefton residents who work in the City."
Cllr Maher added:- "We have already secured significant Walk Through and
Drive Through testing facilities in Sefton. Over the coming days we will learn
lessons from Liverpool and decide how we deploy the tests. In the meantime, I
would urge anyone who feels any of the symptoms of Coronavirus coming on,
whether that’s a high temperature, a new cough or they lose their sense of smell
or taste, it’s time to get a test straight away. The sooner people do this, the
quicker they can find out if they are COVID positive and the more quickly they
can start taking measures to isolate and protect the people around them.”
To make an appointment for a test people can call:- 119 or visit:-
Sefton has 4 Walk Through Test Centres for people who are showing Coronavirus
symptoms, at:- Bootle Town Hall, Crosby Library, Netherton Activity Centre and
Southport Town Hall. And now, extra Mobile Coronavirus Testing Units are being
deployed across the Borough.
Mobile Units are on site at Southport Esplanade Coach Park and in Litherland
Sports Park and Aintree Race Course until:- Friday. 20 November 2020, apart from
on Saturday, 14 November and Sunday, 15 November, and also at Maghull Town Hall,
on Saturday, 14 November and Sunday, 15 November 2020.
Coronavirus home testing kits to be returned quickly
THOUSANDS of home testing kits are being sent to
people in Liverpool as part of the City’s mass Coronavirus testing pilot. Around
40,000 households across the City will be sent a kit with 3 PCR swab tests. So
far 2,500 homes in L16 and 11,000 in L25 have been issued with kits.
Residents are asked to:-
Register the kit by following
Choose up to three people in
the household to take the test.
Take it to the designated
drop off point detailed in the package between 9am and 5pm, within 2 days of
If they have already had a test at a mass Testing Centre, they can use the kit
for their repeat test, but should leave at least 5 days between their 1st test
and the 2nd. If they are shielding or cannot get to the collection point, they
can arrange for a home collection by following the instructions in the pack.
They do not have to self isolate while they await a result unless:-
They have any symptoms of
Coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to
your sense of smell or taste)
They’ve tested positive for
They live with someone who
has symptoms or tested positive.
Someone in their support
bubble has symptoms or tested positive.
They’re told to self-isolate
by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID19 app.
They have arrived in the UK
from a country with a high Coronavirus risk.
More information on the mass testing pilot is available at:-
"appalling" says Bill Esterson MP
SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson described as:-
“appalling” a Cabinet Minister’s reaction to a question he posed in the
House of Commons, branding the response the “Sharma smirk.” Mr
Esterson asked a question in Parliament about the lack of financial support for
the 3 million workers and businesses who have been excluded from all current and
previous Coronavirus schemes. The question was answered by the Business Minister
Nadhim Zahawi MP, but Secretary of State Alok Sharma sat nearby and appeared to
smile and laugh when his colleague mentioned the extension of the self employed
support grant scheme in his answer.
Mr Esterson asked in the debate on Tuesday (November 10):- “Many working
people have been excluded since March 2020. They don’t qualify for furlough,
they don’t qualify for the self employed scheme and their businesses don’t
qualify for the grants. It’s no good the Government giving the mantra about
Universal Credit. It won’t wash, because most people who have been excluded
don’t qualify for universal credit either. The Government was right to U-turn
over the injustice facing hungry children. So when is it going to fix the
growing injustice faced by millions of excluded people in this country who just
want to put food on the table for their children?”
Mr Zahawi, from the dispatch box, responded:- “I think the Government has
put forward a comprehensive package of support, as we heard from the Secretary
of State, for both individuals and businesses, and of course the self employed
income support has been extended, but the support packages are not only about
the welfare system, which has had an additional 9 billion actually put in to
help people, but the bounce back loans, the tax deferrals, the rental support
are all important parts, as well as mortgage holidays and other Business Support
Grants through local Government.”
It was when Mr Zahawi mentioned the self employed support scheme being extended
that the Business Secretary Mr Sharma appeared to smirk. In a series of tweets,
Mr Esterson later wrote:- “A smirk is the only response the Business
Secretary could muster when I asked him to fix the injustice facing millions of
people who have not qualified for financial support since March.
“Many working people who have had no financial support since March, just want to
put food on the table for their children. All they got today from the Business
Secretary was a smirk. Alok Sharma's smirk says it all. It's his response to my
question about the injustice faced by people who don't qualify for furlough,
self employed scheme, Business Grants or Universal Credit @ExcludedUK @ForgottenLtd
And in a reference to the Manchester United footballer who this week secured
free meals for children throughout the Christmas holiday period, Mr Esterson
tweeted:- “Does @MarcusRashford need to become involved in this injustice
too?” and “The Government u-turned on the injustice facing hungry
children. When are they going to fix the injustice facing @ExcludedUK who want
to put food on the table for their children?”
Mr Esterson said it was an insult to people who are struggling:- “What an
appalling response from the Business Secretary. There are millions of people in
the UK who have had no support at all from the Government since March; no work,
no furlough, no grants, no Universal Credit. The only reason many have missed
out is because they were between jobs in March, or because they are company
directors paid via dividends, were newly self employed with no history of tax
returns, or have savings above a certain limit. These people have bills to pay
too. If PAYE workers need 80% of their normal pay, if the self employed are
deemed to need 80% of their normal pay, then why does the Government judge it to
be reasonable that these workers get zero?”
Debate on future
of Small Breweries Relief sees cross party calls for Government to change course
IN what was an unusually lengthy and impassioned
adjournment debate in Parliament last night, the Government faced heavy pressure
on its proposed new policy which would hit many small independent breweries
across the UK. The debate was led by Liz Saville Roberts MP, the Plaid Cymru
Member of Parliament for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, who rallied cross-party calls for
the Government to change course on Small Breweries Relief. Under Government
proposals around 150 small independent breweries would see their tax bill rise
and those not immediately effected may see their tax relief eroded over time, as
the Government move to an annually reviewed:- ‘cash basis’ for
Small Breweries’ Relief.
“I would like to thank Liz Saville Roberts MP for leading what was a very well
attended and impassioned debate on this important issue, with a total of 16 MPs
including the Minister speaking. Small breweries in the UK are suffering worse
than most due to Covid lockdown measures and have not received the Government’s
much lauded support for the hospitality industry, had access to hospitality
grants, or had the business rates holiday extended to them; to now announce tax
rises for some of the worst affected businesses shows a disregard for small
business in the UK. MPs from across the UK and both sides of the House spoke
about the small independent breweries’ in their constituencies who will suffer
under this policy, and I would urge the Government to reconsider its position
and commit to no reduction in small breweries relief for those under 5,000hl;
the current upper threshold for the full relief rate.” James Calder,
SIBA Chief Executive.
"It's great to see MPs from across the political spectrum speak out about the
harmful impact that these changes will have on our small brewers, and on choice
for consumers. The strength of feeling on this matter is clear, and CAMRA stands
with by the 50,000 concerned consumers who have already signed a petition to
Parliament opposing the changes. This is a terrible time to plan to raise taxes
for small brewers, and the effects will be disastrous for local and independent
brewers, ultimately allowing global brands to further dominate bars across the
UK." Tom Stainer, CAMRA Chief Executive. The Minister now has the chance to
bolster our small breweries, to guarantee their future and to ensure that they
can continue to serve their communities, create jobs and support the economy. I
urge her to alter course and not to make changes to relief for any brewers below
5,000 hectolitres and not to introduce the cash basis, and by doing so to give
hope to all our small breweries, in my constituency and beyond.” Liz
Saville Roberts MP, speaking in the House of Commons last night.
The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)
have been working closely on this issue and are fully aligned in their agreement
that any changes to:- ‘smooth the curve’ of Small Breweries’
Relief cannot come at the expense of breweries under the current 5,000hl
Letter to Editor:-
"Local Council Candidate Praises Sefton Council for Acting on Concerns"
LOCAL Council Candidate, Mike Prendergast, standing
for the Conservatives, in Dukes Ward, has praised Sefton Council for agreeing to
carry out urgently needed road repair works along Westbourne Road. Following a
request from Mike Prendergast, Sefton Council had previously stated that they
did not believe the potholes and road surface damage along Westbourne Road,
Birkdale required repairs. However, following pressure from Mike Prendergast and
local residents, Sefton Council have started the repairs that were previously
requested with the work due to be completed in the next few days. Mike
Prendergast said:- "I am delighted that Sefton Council have listened to
the concerns of residents and local campaigners like myself over the condition
of large sections of Westbourne Road. We are all acutely aware of the extra
challenges that all organisations, including Sefton Council, face during the
pandemic and I would like to thank them for their continuing hard work. The
route along Westbourne Road has been in a poor state of repair for a while and
remains a fairly busy route for motorists and cyclists alike. I hope that the
Highways Department will now turn their attention to the poor state of parts of
Grosvenor Road which also require repairs. Our local infrastructure needs to be
maintained and I want to thank all those involved in helping get these repairs
could go out of business if transition is handled badly..." CLA warns rural
THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has
written to 200 rural MPs warning that the Government is not ready to begin the
transition away from the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). The organisation, which
represents 30,000 landowners across England and Wales, first argued for a
‘public money for public goods’ scheme over 10 years ago, but warns
transitioning from the old system to the new is fraught with dangers, with many
farmers fearing they could be put out of business if the transition is handled
badly. The bulk of future investment will be through the new Environmental Land
Management scheme (ELMS), but it will not be fully available to farmers for four
years. Meanwhile, cuts to the old scheme will begin in January 2021. By the time
ELMS is fully available, many family farms face losing 50% of the financial
support they have previously received. Given even large farming enterprises
operate on wafer thin margins, it seems clear many businesses will be put at
Mark Bridgeman, President of the CLA, said:- "The Government’s aims of a
more sustainable farming sector are noble; we support them fully. At a time of
dramatic change, globally and domestically, this latest threat to farming risks
plunging the sector into a new and entirely unnecessary crisis. The farming
industry has encouraged the Government to build a bridge between the old and the
new schemes and to phase the change carefully. To their credit, Ministers
listened, but information on this bridging mechanism is very scarce. The
Government’s aims of a more sustainable farming sector are noble; we support
them fully. We also understand the Government’s desire to make a clean break
from European policy, but in their haste to remove the old system they risk
driving out of business the very people who will deliver the environmental
benefits they; and the public; wish for."
Read the letter sent to rural MPs here:-
Total UK cases COVID19 cases in
and around Liverpool City Region
THE latest UK R number is estimated at:- 1.1 to 1.3
with a daily infection growth rate range of:- +2% to +4%.
The total number of UK Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that
have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen
by:- 20,412 cases and the total number now stand at:-
1,233,775 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:- 532, 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:- 49,770, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:- 61,648.
The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
13,617. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,268 Daily
number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 1,366.
In England, there are a total of:- 1,053,330 confirmed
cases. North West - total of:- 253,107 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
National UK Lockdown
Liverpool City Region
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, 7,897 confirmed cases.
4,364 confirmed cases.
7,304 confirmed cases.
and Chester, 7,085 confirmed cases.
38,825 confirmed cases.
23,648 confirmed cases.
5,872 confirmed cases.
10,142 confirmed cases.
10,769 confirmed cases.
8,738 confirmed cases.
8,587 confirmed cases.
7,579 confirmed cases.
7,085 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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