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LGA have responded to
Ombudsman Social adult social care complaints review
RESPONDING to the 2019/20 annual
review of social care complaints by the Local Government and Social Care
Ombudsman, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s
Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "Councils and the care providers they
commission have been working hard, especially during the pandemic, to support
those who use and work in adult social care. This is despite continued funding
and demand pressures, which existed prior to the Coronavirus outbreak. It is
good that providers continue to work with the Ombudsman in its investigations,
to make improvements to their services. Any future reforms of adult social care
must apply the lessons learned from Coronavirus, as well as address the issues
of fairness in how we pay for these vital services. These include people who
fund their own care. Social care needs parity of esteem with the NHS, backed up
by a genuine, long term and sustainable funding settlement, which Councils have
been calling for long before the current crisis. Cross party talks on the future
of adult social care must start as soon as possible.”
Editor:- "sPark It Liverpool"
"MY name is Paul and I'm Network
Coordinator for Transition Liverpool. We are a local
voluntary organisation who are working to support
independent businesses, community organisations and
creatives in the City Region. I am currently working on
sPark It Liverpool, a very exciting project which will come
to the City in 2021. sPark It will provide the opportunity
for 30 independent businesses and community organisations to
create imaginative, playful installations on the streets of
the City, promoting their work and celebrating the vibrant
culture of our Region. We have already been awarded
from the Mayor of Liverpool's Inclusive Growth Fund, and we
are reaching out to ask if you could help to ensure our
crowd funder is successful so that we can make this happen.
We have the support of the local community, City
Councillors, Culture Liverpool and some major partners. We
have already confirmed 15 community exhibitors including:-
(Young People's Charity) will be recreating a Van Gogh
painting in real life.
(Community and Family Support) will build a Library of
Minds, to collect the memories of people who pass by Give
Poetry a Chance will have a pop up stage, showcasing the
best verse in Liverpool.
We have many more
partners who are creating installations around:- food,
farming, beekeeping, environment, music and performance.
We have a
group of architects giving their time pro-bono to design the
installations, and the potential to take this event to many
different areas of the City Region over 2021.
will help to support our local economy in the Covid recovery
period, will give us reasons to celebrate, and will also
help to create conversations around the kind of world we
want to live in.
For further information please visit:-
full of "incompetents and chancers," says MP in debate on
bill breaching international law
A Merseyside MP accused the
Government of being:- "a bunch of incompetents and
chances” in a House of Commons debate on the bill
that potentially breaks international law. Sefton Central MP
Bill Esterson said he could not back the Government's
Internal Market Bill as it threatened peace in Northern
Ireland and would lead to:- "a serious lack of trust
The Bill, which Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis
last week admitted breached international law:- "in a
specific and limited way," passed its 2nd reading in
the Commons after Conservative MPs were whipped to back it.
Mr Esterson told the Commons in the debate ahead of the
vote:- "The Labour party stands for the rule of law.
We stand for the international rules based system. We stand
for peace in Northern Ireland and the settlement that has
lasted for 22 years, and we stand for keeping promises to
the British people, which then go on to be enshrined in
British law. That prompts the question; what do Conservative
MPs stand for anymore if they are prepared to break promises
on all three of those areas? Why is what they are promising
different now from what they promised in a General Election
an oven ready deal, a deal that was the easiest in human
history? What changed? What went so wrong? Why are they
shouting for more time and saying that they did not have
enough time then when they were telling us then that that
was all the time they needed and that they did not need to
spend any longer scrutinising the legislation, which
suddenly they find to have flaws? There is a serious lack of
trust and credibility, as we can see around the world and
across these islands, as a result of the behaviour of this
Government, supported by far too many of their Back Benchers
so far this evening. We heard a Cabinet Minister say at the
Dispatch Box last week, in a breathtaking, brazen way, that
it was okay to break international law in a 'specific and
limited way.' It is breaking the law, whether it is in a
specific and limited way or not, and that is the reality.
The withdrawal agreement, of which the Northern Ireland
protocol is part, is part of the answer to guaranteeing the
peace that has been so sacrosanct for the last 22 years. The
Government are in denial. They are pretending that it is the
opposite. They are pretending that what they said last year
was the way of defending the peace is no longer true, and it
simply does not stack up. What of state aid? Today we hear
of a deal being done with Japan that is good news, but with
a completely different state aid regime from the one that
the Government say they want with the EU. They cannot
operate 2 different state aid regimes. It will not work.
When is the penny going to drop for them? As for standards,
the Bill undermines farmers. It undermines our animal
welfare standards. It undermines the devolution settlement
and it lacks the scrutiny, just as the Trade Bill did before
and continues to do so, too, with this Bill. Ministers will
be able to act as they want. This is a bunch of incompetents
and chances at their worst, and they need to think again."
puts lives at risk, says MP
MP Bill Esterson has accused the
Government of incompetence over the Covid test shortage. The
MP for Sefton Central has been contacted by a number of
constituents who had been unable to get a test locally
despite having symptoms. 1 was offered 150 mile round trip
to Doncaster for a test. Mr Esterson said the Government had
had all summer to prepare for a surge in demand for tests,
and failure to have an effective system in place was
unacceptable. Mr Esterson said:-"With the return of
children to Schools and more people going back to the
workplace, it was inevitable that there would be an increase
in demand for Covid tests. Why has the government not
prepared properly for this? They have been found asleep at
the wheel again. This increasing prevalence of Covid19 is
deeply worrying and the best way to control the virus is to
test and isolate. How can we do that if tests are not
available? At the start of summer my Labour colleagues and I
warned Ministers that an effective test, trace and isolate
regime was needed ahead of the autumn. Rather than following
our advice Ministers have created a fiasco in testing and
contact tracing. What is needed is an effective locally led
test, trace and isolate service to drive infections down and
keep people safe."
Bill Esterson said 1 constituent's daughter contacted 111
for advice at 12.30pm, on Saturday. 12 September 2020, and
at 9pm was advised to be tested as it was likely to be Covid.
She was told by the government system that there were no
tests available, at Southport or Bootle. Mr Esterson said:-
"She even contacted the Department for Health and Social
Care and they told her there was no testing capacity
anywhere. She was just told to keep trying. Meanwhile, her
children are off school and she can't go to work."
Another constituent was told by the NHS 111 service, that
her asthmatic son had suspected coronavirus. He had been ill
since Saturday. 12 September 2020, but by Monday, had still
been unable to get a test. On Tuesday he was offered a test
in Doncaster, 73 miles from home. Mr Esterson said:-
"This has impacted on the whole family as they all now all
have to self isolate for 14 days through lack of test
availability, affecting the children’s education as well,
even though they may not have the virus. They weren’t able
to get a home testing kit either. The Government has to get
a grip of this."
Another constituent told Mr Esterson there were no tests
locally and no home testing kits available. He was offered a
test in Burnley, an 80 mile round trip. Mr Esterson said:-
"If people are not tested, they don't know if it is
safe to go to the workplace or to School. But it's more than
that. Contact tracing depends on being able to get tests
quickly. Unless testing happens quickly, it will leave many
people unaware that they may be infected and will only add
to the spread of the virus, which is already doubly every
week. The Conservatives’ incompetence risks holding Britain
back from defeating the virus. The failure to put an
effective testing regime in place is unacceptable and puts
lives at risk."
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:-
3,105 cases and the
total number now stand at:-
374,228, that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in
the 4 National totals.
The number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be:-
9 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:-
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
972. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of:-
323,029 confirmed cases.
North West - total of:-
62,086 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number
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:-
Blackburn with Darwen,
Bury, 1,882 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,574 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester,
Lancashire, 6,240 confirmed cases.
Manchester, 5,118 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 3,372 confirmed cases.
Preston, 1,685 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 2,608 confirmed cases.
Salford, 2,240 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 2,210 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 2,323 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 1,881 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,743 confirmed cases.
Wigan, 2,587 confirmed cases.
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.
Previous 24hr Data
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