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FSB calls on small
businesses in Liverpool City Region to 'Kick Start' young people's
THE Federation of Small
Businesses has been unveiled as an official national gateway organisation for
the Government's new 'Kick Start' scheme. To tackle increasing
numbers of young people aged 16 to 24 struggling to find work and on Universal
Credit, the FSB has announced, on 22 September 2020, a new partnership with
Adecco Working Ventures.
In addition, FSB will also deliver a Regional programme of webinars and other
resources to encourage, inspire and help small businesses to get involved and
make the most of the scheme. Alongside Local Authorities, business organisations
and the voluntary sector, FSB is also calling for a diversity of intermediary
providers at local level. This way, any small business wishing to create 1 or 2
roles will have a choice of good quality providers to deliver the important wrap
around support services that young people need.
The UK unemployment rate has risen to its highest level for 2 years, with
official figures showing those aged 16 to 24 suffering the biggest drop in
employment compared with other age groups. FSB believes Small firms are ready to
step up and contribute jobs for our young people, whose livelihoods are now
threatened by Covid19; small employers in our communities have a strong record
of introducing ambitious young people into workplaces, such as through
apprenticeships where 92% of small business apprenticeships are held by those
under the age of 25. The Kick Start Scheme offers a new route into the workplace
to gain practical hands on experience.
Michael Sandys, FSB Merseyside and Cheshire Area Leader for Liverpool City
Region, said:- "The UK's small businesses are the biggest private employer
in Britain and are an integral part of local communities across Liverpool City
Region. They are proven to offer more career and employment opportunities to
those furthest from work, such as the long term unemployed and young people who
are not in employment, training or education. At this critical time, we have
successfully worked with Government to develop the new Kick Start Scheme, and
help small employers to be part of the solution. I want to thank the Department
for Work and Pensions and HM Treasury teams for being open to our suggestions on
Kick Start, which will help thousands of young people in local communities
currently struggling to find work. FSB will now be a national gateway, working
in partnership with Adecco Working Ventures. We have allied with Adecco due to
its track record in creating job opportunities for young people. This will be
alongside Local Authorities and others to create lots of choices to access the
Scheme. Small businesses have been keen to take part, and today's announcement
means that they can now do so with confidence that the support needed for both
the employer, and the young person, will be in place."
Sean Williams, Director, Adecco Working Ventures, said:- "We are delighted
to have worked with FSB to create this partnership. We will be helping make the
Kick Start programme a success for small businesses and for young people. By
making it easy for small businesses to access the scheme we will significantly
increase the number of opportunities available for young people."
Rt Hon Thérèse Coffey MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:-
"Small businesses are absolutely vital to our recovery as we build back
better and a key part of the Kick Start Scheme. It's great to have the
Federation of Small Businesses and Adecco supporting them to take full advantage
of our landmark Kick Start Scheme by becoming a national Kick Start gateway.
SMEs in communities across the country can submit their applications through FSB
with the confidence that they'll be supported throughout the process, and able
to ensure each young person makes a success of their Kick Start role. I
encourage all small businesses to see if a Kick Start placement could benefit
The Kick Start scheme was announced by as part of The Chancellor of the
Exchequer Rishi Sunak's 'Plan for Jobs,' in July, with the aim of helping
250,000, 16 to 24 year olds, on Universal Credit into work placement. Small
employers in England, Scotland and Wales who are keen to offer a Kick Start role
to a young person can now register at:-
LGA Responds to Chief
Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser's warnings
RESPONDING to a press conference
by the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser warning about the
rising number of Coronavirus cases in the UK, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the
Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "This is
another stark reminder of the need for all of us to follow the Covid19 rules to
limit further hospitalisations and deaths from Coronavirus. Now is the time for
us all to redouble our efforts to stop the exponential growth of this disease.
Councils continue to work tirelessly to support residents and businesses through
this pandemic and keep services running. It is vital they have the resources
they need to lead and protect their communities and support the national effort
to minimise the impact of the second wave of this deadly virus."
Uncertainty over potential
for 'no deal' adds to worries for investment
UK Manufacturers in the North West have begun to
recover from the worst impact of the pandemic according to a major survey
published today by Make UK and business advisory firm BDO. However, Make UK
warned that given the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit negotiations and the
very real possibility of 'no deal,' the combination of that
outcome with the continued impact of the pandemic could cause further damage to
investment prospects in the latter part of the year.
According to the survey the balances for orders and output in the North West
were reported at:- -29% and -6% respectively. Whilst this is still in negative
territory, it represents a significant improvement on the last quarter with the
figure for output in particular some way ahead of the national picture.
While the impact on the aerospace and automotive sectors remains severe, the
North West has a significant presence in the pharmaceuticals and chemicals
sectors which to date has offset some of the toughest impact of the pandemic.
In response to the difficult trading environment, the prospects for recruitment
and investment are both flat in the Region but this also represents a
significant improvement on the very negative outlook in the last quarter and a
better picture than the national average.
Looking forward, given the impact on the sector Make UK is now forecasting that
manufacturing output will fall by almost 11% (10.9%) this year while it has
downgraded its forecast for recovery in 2021, by more than a full percentage
point, from 6.2% to 5.1%. GDP is forecast to fall by -8.5% this year before
recovering by +10.1% in 2021.
Commenting, June Smith, Region Director for Make UK in the North, said:-
"Manufacturing has begun to climb away from the abyss that it stared into
earlier in the year. But, make no mistake it is going to be a long haul back
towards normal trading conditions, with talk of a V shaped recovery nothing more
than fanciful. Having emerged from three years of political uncertainty at the
end of last year, increasing talk of a final 'no deal' exit from the EU would be
a final nail in the coffin for many companies. If we are to avoid this and, the
avalanche of job losses that would follow in already hard hit areas and sectors,
it is essential that the first step towards a fuller recovery is provided by a
comprehensive trade agreement with the EU."
Graham Ellis, Head of Manufacturing at BDO in the North West added:-
"While the manufacturing industry has managed to claw back some lost ground from
a dismal Q2, the subdued level of investment intentions across the Region is a
real cause for concern. With a no deal exit from the EU; and associated
logistics, customs and cost implications; looking increasingly likely, British
manufacturers will need to step up a gear in order to compete internationally,
and this will require significant investment in productivity and digitalisation
improvements. Noone is in any doubt about the financial challenges facing
manufacturers, but failing to invest now will have serious medium to long term
implications. The Government must be alive to this risk and provide the support
required to help UK manufacturers through this transition period and beyond.
Other countries; perhaps in particular Germany; do provide good examples of
consistent long term support to their manufacturing sectors. The UK should look
to adopt a similar approach."
urges people not to let lockdown and Coronavirus fears disrupt their eye health
during National Eye Health Week
SIGHT loss charity Galloway's is using National Eye
Health Week to promote the importance of good eye health and the need for
regular tests. The Lancashire based organisation warn that people should call
their optician and get advice from an eye health professional if they experience
a sudden onset of any of the following symptoms:-
Disturbances in your vision.
Loss of vision.
Loss of peripheral (side) vision.
Black spots or flashes of light in your vision.
Pain with or without discharge.
New floating bits in your vision.
Eye injury or pain.
Seeing halos or rainbows around light.
Painful red eye.
Curtain like disappearance of vision.
Do not ignore these symptoms, or wait until lockdown restrictions have eased, as
this could have an impact on a person's vision.
As optometrists across England are able to expand their services beyond urgent
and essential care, patients are urged to call to book an appointment. Depending
on symptoms, the optometrists can initially provide a telephone or virtual
Ruth Cuthbert, optometric advisor for NHS England, Lancashire
and South Cumbria, and a Trustee at Galloway's, says:- "Sudden changes to
your vision such as flashes, floaters or blurry vision, or your eyes becoming
red and painful, could be a sign of a more serious condition. Many practices are
still open for essential and urgent care, such as if you get something lodged in
your eye. You may also be able to get help if you have a problem with your
contact lenses or you've broken your glasses. Optometrists are trained to
identify visual problems and many conditions and will often be able to do this
via a remote consultation or will ask you to come in, if needed. Call your usual
practice to find out, and if they are closed, they can direct you to another
that is nearby. There's never been a more important time to look after your
Any patients taking eye drops should continue as normal and ensure that they
access prescriptions well in advance so as not to run out.
Forexample, Alan Woodward, who has macular degeneration, admitted he was
slightly wary as he went to Westmorland General Hospital for one of his regular
macular injections. But staff soon put the 83 year old from Bolton-le-Sands, at
ease and he felt safe, as he says:- "I was quite apprehensive about going
to the hospital, but it was not that terrible and all the staff involved were
marvellous. Glen, the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer at Galloway's, organised
patient transport for me, which took a lot of worry out of going. I felt very
safe as the driver Chris was in the front of the minibus and I was sat all the
way in the back, which was well in excess of 2m. Chris kindly supplied me with a
mask and gloves. When I got to the hospital, I sat in a large waiting room.
Previously there would be around 25 to 30 people, but this time there was only
four of us. I did feel relatively safe. I was given an eye test and they checked
the pressure at the back of my eye. I then saw another nurse who took photos of
my eye using a special machine. That didn't take that long. Then I was asked to
go into another room on my own which was quite spacious. A doctor came in to see
the bleed behind my eye and I was given my injection. So far I have had seven
injections in my eye and I had not had one for seven months due to the problems
with the virus. I had a slight bleed behind the eye, so I did need another
injection and I will go back in six weeks for another 1. Then I went into
another room and a nurse put my eye drops in, washing her hands before and
after. Everyone was wearing masks and gloves. They were wiping the seats and I
did feel very safe. Obviously, it is very important to attend your appointments.
You have to get over your apprehension because your eyes can deteriorate fairly
quickly. If you don't get the medication and help you need, you could lose your
If anyone feels their vision is getting worse, or has any concerns regarding
their eyes, contact Glen Sheader, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer at Galloway's, by
calling:- 07498 369 881 or emailing:-
Did you know? Galloway's, which has sites located in:- Penwortham, Chorley,
Southport and Morecambe, and they support more than 7,000 blind and partially
sighted people across Sefton and Lancashire.
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have
been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:-
4,368 cases and the total number now stand at:- 398,625,
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 11 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:- 41,788.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
1,081. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 138. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 134.
In England, there are a total of:- 343,655 confirmed cases.
North West - total of:- 69,450 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
number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
Blackburn with Darwen,
2,360 confirmed cases.
Blackpool, 1,256 confirmed cases.
Bolton, 3,982 confirmed cases.
Bury, 2,170 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,680 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester, 2,431 confirmed
Lancashire, 10,433 confirmed cases.
Manchester, 5,844 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 3,694 confirmed cases.
Preston, 1,917 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 2,884 confirmed cases.
Salford, 2,563 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 2,392 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 2,607 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 2,019 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,950 confirmed cases
Wigan, 2,901 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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