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This page last updated on 15 October 2020
Emergency Fund for
Hospitality and Leisure Sector Launched in Liverpool City Region
AN emergency fund of up to £40
million was launched Thursday, 15 October 2020, in a bid to protect Liverpool
City Region's vital hospitality and leisure businesses from the huge economic
impact Covid19 restrictions are having on the sector. 1st announced Friday, 2
October 2020, by the Metro Mayor and the Mayor and Leaders of the City Region's
6 Local Authorities, the fund had been created and readied for launch earlier
last week. However, it was paused following the Chancellor's announcement, last
Friday, on the national furlough scheme and business support package and the
announcement of Liverpool City Region being placed in to the Tier 3 'very high
risk' Covid19 category. Over the last few days, Combined Authority and Local
Authority Officers have been working closely with the hospitality sector to
understand how the fund could best be redesigned to support them.
In a joint statement, the Metro Mayor, City Mayor and Leaders of the City
Region's 6 Local Authorities said:- "The past 6 months have been an
exceptionally difficult period for local businesses but despite the challenges
they have faced, many have done an incredible job, showcasing the creativity,
determination and resilience our Region is known for. We know business owners
and staff are absolutely at breaking point and we will do anything we can to
prevent businesses and jobs going to the wall. The furlough scheme announced by
the Chancellor last week falls far short of what our Region needs and deserves.
If 80% was the right level of support back in March, then it should be in
November. Lots of the people affected by these new restrictions will be in low
paid, insecure work and it is deeply unfair to expect them to survive on ⅔ of
the minimum wage. We will continue to fight for a more comprehensive funding
package, but in the meantime, where the national Government has stepped away,
we, as local leaders, will step up. We know that once a business is gone, they
are gone, and we must do everything we can to prevent that. Our hope is that
this fund can provide some interim support and will mean local businesses and
their staff survive in the coming weeks and months, until the Government does
the right thing. Our own teams have worked round the clock, in partnership with
the sector, to get this fund ready for applications. We are committed to
ensuring that we turn applications round at pace and get money to those
businesses who so desperately need it. If, and when, we are successful in
securing more national support, it may well replace the need for this fund,
enabling us to repurpose the money back to other areas where it is also sorely
The fund aims to enable viable businesses to continue trading and retain as many
jobs as possible; support temporarily closed businesses to top up employees'
wages and remain solvent; and to help lay the ground for economic recovery
across the hospitality and leisure sector in the future. It will be used to help
keep businesses in the sector afloat for up to 4 months, until a wider and more
substantial financial support package can be secured from Central Government.
The aim is that the 1st funding will reach applicants within 10 days of
applications being approved, with subsequent payments phased over the period of
the grant. A 'grant application window' will open at 10.00am,
tomorrow, Friday, 16 October 2020, and will close at 5.00pm, on Friday, 30
October 2020. Eligible businesses wishing to apply should visit their own Local
Authority websites for details and will be able to apply online when the window
Detailed eligibility criteria will be available to
applicants and will include:-
and micro hospitality and leisure businesses.
in the Liverpool City Region (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and
full time equivalent employee or more.
from a commercial premises.
Paul Askew, Chef Patron of The Art School Restaurant, said:- "The new Tier
3 restrictions are a real hammer blow for hundreds of businesses in our sector
and for thousands of our staff. I've been pleased to work with our colleagues in
the Combined Authority and the 6 Local Authorities to help shape it to our
needs. It will provide an urgent life line to hundreds of viable businesses who
might otherwise face closing for good due to the restrictions. While this fund
is hugely welcomed, I join the Metro Mayor, City Mayor and Local Authority
Leaders in calling on the Government to now step up quickly to provide the
hospitality sector and our whole economy with full the support we need."
Natalie Haywood, owner of Leaf and Oh Me Oh My, said:- "This emergency
fund is sorely needed to help save hundreds of businesses from collapse and
thousands of jobs. It's impossible to overstate just how difficult it will be
for hospitality businesses to keep trading with these restrictions in place;
either because they are still trading but not breaking even or because they are
forced to close. Once a business and the jobs it supports are gone, they will
not come back easily, so we have to do everything we can to keep going so that
we have an industry left when we get through Covid19. We are doing everything we
can to keep going and protect our staff and have been really pleased to
collaborate to shape this emergency fund to meet our needs."
Commenting on the announcement to support jobs and workers in Liverpool City
Region, Lynn Collins, TUC North West Regional Secretary said:- "It's
important that financial support is available to protect people's jobs. Nearly
41,000 people employed in the sectors mandated to close in Liverpool City Region
this week are not getting the support they need. Other sectors in the City
Region will be feeling the impact of these same restrictions on their jobs and
businesses with no additional help available. That's why we've been calling on
Government to pay furlough at 80% of wages, more help for those businesses that
remain open and for them to help self employed workers. Credit must go to the
Metro Mayor and the leaders and Mayors of the 6 Local Authorities who are
stepping in to fill some of that gap. But this raises questions about why the
Government is not providing the support needed. Councils are financially hard
pressed and the promise of 'whatever it takes' is needed now more than ever."
Liberal Democrats endorse
Tier 3 Lockdown for Greater Manchester
THE Liberal Democrats have
endorsed a Tier 3 Lockdown for the Region and a national 'Circuit
Breaker.' Lib Dem Leader and Opposition Leader in Manchester John Leech
said:- "There's no doubt that the Government's handling of this has been
poor, but now is not the time for distractions, legal threats or for politicians
to bicker amongst themselves. Labour and the Tories are not listening to the
clear scientific evidence. We must be consistent and follow the advice.
Supporting local businesses is critical, but nothing eclipses public health, and
it is completely irresponsible for our leaders not to wholeheartedly endorse,
support and encourage local people to adhere to these restrictions. Avoiding our
hospitals and NHS being overwhelmed, along with the impact on our frontline
healthcare and key workers must be at the forefront of our minds. We must work
together; across Local Authorities, Regions and party lines to avoid unnecessary
heartache for families. Therefore the Liberal Democrats support a Tier 3
Lockdown in Greater Manchester and strongly encourage local people to adhere to
these restrictions. Sadly though, this is likely to be too little too late, and
so we also support a 'Circuit Breaker' which must be used to get the Test, Track
and Trace system running as effectively as possible, including fixing the
outstanding issues with the phone app. The Government missed a huge opportunity
in the March lockdown, and that cannot be repeated. But we also firmly join
cross-party calls on the Government to now step up and support Greater
Manchester businesses, especially small and independents who are struggling now
more than ever. Public health should be the number 1 priority, but people's
livelihoods must urgently be protected too. Failure to do this will result in an
economic catastrophe that could take multiple generations to recover from."
Lifestyle Leisure Centres to
open for children's activities and disability sessions
LIVERPOOL'S Lifestyle Leisure
Centres will re-open for children's sporting activities and swimming lessons and
sessions, from Friday, 16 October 2020. The Centres are also exploring the
options to provide activities and sessions for people with disabilities. Earlier
this week, the Lifestyles' team announced that the 4 gyms across the City would
have to close in line with new Government restrictions imposed to prevent the
spread of the Coronavirus. Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Garston, Alsop Leisure
Centre in Walton and Ellergreen, along with shared facilities at Cardinal Heenan
School, had been gradually re-opened since August. Now, with Liverpool being
classed as tier three, very high level alert, the Centres have been forced to
Council Officers have been examining the exemptions to the gyms closures along
with colleagues from Public Health. Now, with agreement from Mayor of Liverpool
Joe Anderson and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Cllr Wendy
Simon, the 4 leisure Centres will re-open for children's activities, from
Friday, 16 October 2020.
Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Cllr Wendy Simon, said:-
"We were devastated when we were forced to close our leisure Centres,
particularly considering all the hard work done by the team to make our venues
Covid-safe. We know it has been disappointing for our thousands of loyal
members, who have given us their support since the pandemic began. We have
examined the new regulations and we can now re-open to the Centres to continue
to provide children's activities. We recognise how important the need for sport
and exercise is to our children, young people and other members of the community
both for physical and mental health and well-being. We believe that we have
taken the necessary precautions to provide a safe environment for these
activities, however, we will continue to monitor the situation in the weeks
ahead and we will be looking to re-open our Centres for everyone as soon as we
The sessions will include:-
sports and fitness sessions along with swimming lessons and coaching.
also includes:- gymnastics and outdoor sports at sites, such as Liverpool Tennis
Centre and Park Road.
facilities will also be available to the City's 'elite' athletes
football sessions for juniors will continue but without spectators and only
adult per child allowed.
leisure Centres will remain closed for adult activities until further notice and
all memberships will be frozen throughout November.
Members are urged to continue to visit the Lifestyles
website and social media channels.
LGA responds to latest test
and trace figures
RESPONDING to the publication of
the latest NHS Test and Trace and Coronavirus testing figures, Cllr Ian Hudspeth,
Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:-
"These worrying figures show that the national test and trace system is failing
to track down all those who need to be contacted, to help stop this 2nd wave. By
contrast, local public health teams are continuing to reach the vast majority of
complex cases assigned to them, with 97.7% contacted and asked to self isolate.
Rising Coronavirus cases across the country mean that we all now, more than
ever, have a responsibility to get ourselves tested when needed and for sharing
our contacts on request. Councils are taking the lead by launching their own
locally supported contact tracing arrangements, to complement the national
system, but they need clearer, more precise information on who they should be
trying to contact as soon as possible. This should include details such as
occupation and workplace, working with Police and others to share local
intelligence, alongside the right resources including funding and recruiting
extra personnel to work on the ground and respond quickly to outbreaks."
Liverpool's Deputy Mayor
provides career advice to Hugh Baird College Students
HUGH Baird College students
recently had the chance to receive 1st hand career advice from the Deputy Mayor
of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar. Gary, on behalf of Liverpool's Mayor Joe
Anderson, has the special responsibility for Business and International
Relations. Alongside this, Gary is the President of the Liverpool China
Partnership, President of the Liverpool Commonwealth Association, and former
Lord Mayor and "1st Citizen" of Liverpool. In a remarkable journey, Gary who is
originally from Edinburgh, is a successful entrepreneur and a philanthropist
(helping raise over £500,000 for charity) after part owning the City's Parr
Street Studios and also creative incubator and event space the Fashion Hub. ary
spoke to students from across Hugh Baird College, including its 14-16, A-Level
and University cohort, virtually via Microsoft Teams.
Gary's talk formed part of the Hugh Baird University Centre's 'Spotlight
on Employment' events programme, that is available for the whole College
to take part in. The schedule of events links students with a variety of leading
figures and leaders from across a range of sectors. Speakers work with students
to get them work ready and aware of the traits and attitudes employers look for
when recruiting. Many speakers also draw on the trials and tribulations of their
personal career paths to demonstrate that the road to success is rarely a smooth
and that learners need to show resilience and learn and grow from their
Speaking following the Spotlight on Employment event, Gary Millar said:-
"I was delighted to be asked to present a seminar to students from across Hugh
Baird College as part of their 'Spotlight on Employment' programme. It was great
to talk to the young talent of the future and highlight how important it is for
them take opportunities when they arise. Opportunities open several doors that
can lead to various career paths. College and University is just the start for
the students and I am sure they will all go onto have successful career
Colette Mawdsley, Dean of Higher Education and Access at the Hugh Baird
University said:- "Our Spotlight on Employment programme enhances our well
established Careers Advice and Guidance service in which we strive to ensure our
students leave the College and University Centre career ready. Over the course
of the programme, students from across all areas of the College will come into
contact with some major figures from industry and the Liverpool City Region's
business community and they will receive meaningful advice from people who make
hiring decisions on a daily basis. I would like to thank Gary Millar for taking
the time to talk to our students from across the College to help prepare and
develop them for the world of work in the future."
LGA responds to CQC state of
RESPONDING to the Care Quality
Commission's annual State of Care report, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the
Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "Social
care was already facing severe financial and demand pressures prior to the
pandemic, which have since been exacerbated further, as this report highlights.
Despite this, it should be recognised that service quality still improved
slightly prior to the outbreak. The unequal impact of Covid19 on people using
and working in social care needs to be addressed as part of future reforms, as
well as building on the importance of closer working and local approaches.
Social care deserves parity of esteem with the NHS, with the pandemic
highlighting the incredibly valuable role of social care in its own right. In
particular, action is needed urgently on the care workforce including:- on pay,
profession allocation, skills and training. The upcoming Spending Review must
urgently provide councils with the extra funding they need to help shore up
social care ahead of winter and get through the second wave of Covid19, while
also using this as the basis for future reform of social care to place it on a
long term, sustainable footing."
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19)
infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the
UK, has risen by 18,980 cases and the total number now stand
at 673,622, that includes tests carried out by commercial
partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.
THE total number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added
to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 138, 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:- 43,293, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:- 57,690.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
4,941. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 563. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 792.
In England, there are a total of 572,667 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 140,312 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
Liverpool, 12,784 confirmed cases.
Halton, 2,516 confirmed cases.
Knowsley, 4,316 confirmed
Sefton, 5,520 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 3,845 confirmed
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
with Darwen, 3,925 confirmed cases.
2,124 confirmed cases.
6,831 confirmed cases.
1,161 confirmed cases.
East, 4,304 confirmed cases.
West and Chester, 4,029 confirmed cases.
20,862 confirmed cases.
14,026 confirmed cases.
6,108 confirmed cases.
3,419 confirmed cases.
5,311 confirmed cases.
5,236 confirmed cases.
4,478 confirmed cases.
4,550 confirmed cases.
4,012 confirmed cases.
4,550 confirmed cases
6,101 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.
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