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This page last updated on 27 October 2020
Free flu vaccines available to more
people this year to help protect everyone
HEALTH organisations in Sefton
are encouraging everyone eligible for a flu vaccine this
winter to make an appointment, particularly children aged 2
to 3, people aged over 65 and anyone who is a carer.
Colette Page, practice nurse lead and influenza coordinator
for NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and
NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:- "The flu kills
thousands of people every year. The flu vaccine is safe and
effective, and only takes a minute. It's the best protection
for you and those around you. People at high risk from
Covid19 are also most at risk from flu, so it's more
important than ever to protect yourself this year. We know
some people are concerned about going to their GP practice
or local pharmacy due to the Covid19 pandemic, but I'd like
to reassure you that all the necessary infection prevention
measures are in place to protect patients and staff."
Children are known for spreading
coughs and colds, and under 5's are more likely to be
hospitalised by flu than any other age group. All children
born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018 are
eligible for the vaccine this winter. A quick spray is
squirted up each nostril. It contains small amounts of
weakened flu viruses, but they don't cause flu. Most side
effects are mild, and only last for a day or 2.
The flu vaccine is also given by injection to people who are
65 and over (including those who'll be 65 by 31 March 2021).
Anyone who receives a carer's allowance, is the main carer
for an older or disabled person, or lives with someone at
high risk from Coronavirus is also eligible for the flu
vaccine in order to protect the most vulnerable.
Margaret Jones, director of public health for Sefton, said:-
"Please don't ignore the flu; it can spread very
quickly, and can be fatal in some cases. We are urging
everyone who is eligible to take up the free flu vaccine
this winter. Remember regular hand washing and using a
tissue when you cough, or sneeze also helps stop the spread
If you are eligible for the flu vaccine this winter, your GP
practice will be in touch to let you know the plans for you
to get protected. For more information, visit:-
confidence suffers 2 year losing streak amid calls for further Government action
IN a public statement Michael
Sandys, from FSB Area Leader for Liverpool City Region has said:-
"Quarterly Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI) posts
a record 9th consecutive negative reading. This comes as revenue growth hits all
time low and lay offs hit all time high, UK's largest business group says now is
time for further evolution of Government support measures; More than half of
small exporters say international sales have fallen over last 3 months ahead of
UK/EU trade talk crunch point this weekend."
Now the FSB is making the case for a fresh round of business support measures,
as its new survey of 1,500 small firms shows business confidence has been in
negative territory since July 2018. The recommendations come amid signs that the
UK's economic recovery is stalling, and ahead of an incredibly difficult trading
period in the run up to Christmas and the end of the EU transition period.
The UK's largest business group welcomed the Chancellor's enhancement of
existing schemes last week and is now calling for fresh interventions to help
those that have received no income support to date, reduce the costs of hiring,
further alleviate the business rates burden and provide more resources for those
looking to start up for the 1st time.
The Q3 UK SBI confidence figure stands at -32.6, down 28 points on last quarter.
Only 34% of those surveyed at the end of last month expect their performance to
improve over the coming 3 months. The significant majority (66%) expect
performance to worsen.
A record 1 in 4 (25%) small firms say they have reduced headcounts last quarter.
An even higher proportion (29%) expect to make redundancies over the coming 3
months, with 12% expect to let at least a quarter of their staff go.
Covidlinked disruption has caused revenue growth to fall to its lowest recorded
ebb, with more than half (56%) of those surveyed reporting a drop. A similar
share (50%) expect revenues to fall next quarter.
FSB Merseyside and Cheshire Area Leader (Liverpool City Region), Michael Sandys
said:- "Short memories are common in a crisis but we must not forget that
small firms were already under the cosh thanks to political uncertainty, rising
costs and creaking infrastructure well before the Spring. The Chancellor made
some very welcome adjustments to support measures last week, and it's critical
that the new Job Support Scheme is straightforward to use, the self employed can
access the help they require, and local authority cash grants reach as many of
those in need as possible, as swiftly as possible. However, too many are still
without the help they need to weather current disruption, not least company
directors, the newly self employed, those without premises and those further
down supply chains in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. An ambitious
rescue package for these groups is urgently needed. Local authorities should use
the new discretionary funds being allocated this week to assist them wherever
possible. With the unemployment rate rising, we'll need to encourage more of
those who are out of work to strike out on their own over the months ahead. A
Kickstart Start Up programme, inspired by the Kickstart employment initiative
and building on the success of the Start Up Loans and the New Enterprise
Allowance programmes, could mark a way forward. Equally if we want small
business owners to create jobs, we have to bring down the costs of employment,
starting with Employer National Insurance Contributions. If we want them to
invest, innovate and expand, we have to alleviate the strain of wider Government
imposed overheads, including those stemming from an outdated business rates
system which continues to stifle too many community businesses all over the
country. Now that support measures are continuing through to the Spring, we
should also avoid a scenario where businesses suddenly go from from paying 0% to
100% of their business rates bills in April. And help should be expanded to
firms in industries that have not benefited as much as those in retail, leisure
With this weekend held as the final deadline for a breakthrough in UK-EU trade
talks, more than half (53%) of exporters surveyed for the Q3 SBI report that
international sales are falling. The figure is up 21 percentage points on Q3
2019. Four in ten (43%) expect a drop in exports over the coming three months.
Michael Sandys added:- "More than 4 years on from the EU referendum, small
firms need clarity around what the end of the transition period will mean now
more than ever. Negotiators on both sides must pull out all the stops to secure
a deal, 1 that includes a substantial small business chapter outlining how the
new agreement will help the firms that make up 99% of the UK business community.
As things stand, small firms are being told to shell out for both safety
measures and preparations for our new relationship with the EU. Many would like
to do more but have run out of cash after a torrid 6 months. If the Government
wants small business owners to step up preparations, it needs to make doing so
financially viable. The introduction of transition vouchers; grants worth up to
₤3,000 for small firms that trade internationally to spend on preparations for 1
January 2021 would go a long way to aiding efforts. In addition, now the Autumn
Budget has been cancelled, the Treasury should use this opportunity to rethink
proposals to abolish tax free shopping for international visitors. If
implemented, they would make the UK the only country in the EU and OECD to spurn
high spending visitors, reducing revenues for businesses and the exchequer.
Instead, policymakers should install a new online system for processing these
tax free purchases in order to provide working capital and shore up balance
sheets at a critical juncture for the economy."
Lib Dems call
for Manchester's 'Freedom of the City' honour for Marcus Rashford
THE Liberal Democrats are calling
for Marcus Rashford to be honoured with Manchester's Freedom of the City award
for his child poverty campaign. Manchester's Liberal Democrat Leader John Leech
made the call in the constitutional and nomination committee today (27/10/20),
claiming Rashford had:- "Done more to highlight child poverty in the last
6 months than any politician has managed in the last 25 years."
The former MP also urged the committee to ensure that future recipients of the
honour were as diverse as Manchester itself. The award recognises an
individual's outstanding and exceptional contributions to Manchester. The last
recipient of the honour was Sir Konstantin Sergeevich Novoselov, for his work on
graphene in Manchester, back in 2013.
The 207 Field Hospital, made up of voluntary doctors and medics who provided
medical support to UK forces on operations in Afghanistan and the Great Britain
Olympic and Paralympic Cycling Team, based at Manchester's Velodrome, who picked
up fourteen Olympic and twenty Paralympic medals during the Beijing games, were
also awarded in 2011 and 2008 respectively.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, John Leech, said:- "Despite being a
Manchester City fan, I think it's fair to say that Marcus Rashford has probably
done more to highlight and raise the issue of child poverty in the last 6 months
than any politician has managed in the last 25 years. Rashford's campaign has
had a significant impact here in Manchester, where we represent some of the most
deprived families in the country, and across the whole of the UK. "Rather than
sitting back and accepting these injustices, he has used his high profile to
kick this Government into action and that should be recognised. He didn't have
to, but he did and our communities are better off for it. There's no doubt in my
mind that he is a worthy recipient."
take a pay cut?
ON our Twitter account we asked:-
"Should Boris Johnson and all the MPs take a pay cut, like the MPs in New
Zealand did and not take the pay rise?" With just 1 comment asking:-
"Why" the results are as follows:- Saying:- "Yes" =
87.9%, "No" = 9.1%. "Don't care" = 3% and
"Don't know..." = 0%
Collage London finds Covid19 antibody levels fall rapidly after recovery
A very worrying discovery by
Imperial College London who have found that levels of Covid19 Antibodies falls
"quite rapidly" in those who have recovered from infection. This
finding suggests people could catch the virus multiple times and that long term
immunity after infection is not guaranteed. How it will affect vaccine
development is currently unknown, but as the fight to find a vaccine we are told
is now very near to fusion. As so much hope had been put on creating a vaccine,
its not what you want to hear, but the probability of success is always
difficult to predict. "The 1st vaccines may only be partially effective,
and may not protect everyone. Flu vaccines are only 50% effective." said
a UK research company just before The chair of the Vaccine Taskforce, Kate
Bingham. Plus, many leading medical workers are saying that there is a 'slim
chance' a vaccine might arrive by Christmas, but more it is more realistic to be
looking now at July 2021, on the optimistic side.
response confirms need for Council's to offer free School Meals Scheme" says
Sefton's Communities Boss
ON the 2nd day of the scheme,
Sefton Council is already dealing with thousands of applications for its October
½ Term free School Meals vouchers. Sefton Council announced it would be running
the scheme following Government's decision not to provide free School Meals
during the current holiday. It has teamed up with ASDA to provide vouchers that
families who qualify for free School Meals can use to buy food.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing
said:- "The response to our scheme has been huge and shows exactly why
Sefton Council needed to step in swiftly and set up this scheme in partnership
with ASDA. We have had thousands of applications already and are now working
hard to process them as quickly as possible."
Cllr Hardy has thanked Sefton's local businesses and voluntary organisations who
are providing packed lunches, food hampers and meals to local families. She
said:- "They are proving that together we are a Stronger community."
Details of the ½ Term School Meals scheme can be found at:-
Families who qualify for free School Meals but don't have Internet access can
get printed vouchers from the Borough's Family Wellbeing Centres. And those
families who do not currently receive free School Meals can visit:-
Sefton.Gov.UK to find out if they are eligible and how to apply.
Cllr Hardy added:- "Free School Meals have been shown to improve health
and help tackle health inequalities, as well as removing the poverty trap faced
by parents trying to move into employment. That is why, with so many families
being affected by Coronavirus and the Government's Tier 3 COVID restrictions, it
was vital for the Council to set up this local scheme."
The full list of Sefton's Wellbeing Centres is:-
Linaker Family Wellbeing Centre
Tel: 0151 2886765
Talbot Street Family Wellbeing Centre
St Andrews Place
Formby Library and Family Wellbeing Centre
0151 934 2063
Netherton Family Wellbeing Centre
0151 282 1405
Hudson Family Wellbeing Centre
0151 531 0117
Thornton Family Wellbeing Centre
0151 934 4991
Menai Family Wellbeing Centre
0151 288 6055
Litherland Family Wellbeing Centre
0151 288 6661
Cambridge Family Wellbeing Centre
0151 282 5436
Seaforth Family Wellbeing Centre
39 Caradoc Road
0151 286 7807
Marie Clarke Family Wellbeing Centre
0151 330 5260
Waterloo Family Wellbeing Centre
Waterloo Primary School
Crosby Road North
0151 928 6539
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 22,885 cases and the
total number now stand at 917,575, 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:- 367, 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:- 45,365, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:- 58,925.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
9,199. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 852. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of 777,774 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 195,127 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
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:-
Darwen, 5,806 confirmed cases.
3,281 confirmed cases.
9,490 confirmed cases.
5,833 confirmed cases.
East, 5,657 confirmed cases.
West and Chester, 5,320 confirmed cases.
30,019 confirmed cases.
18,705 confirmed cases.
8,587 confirmed cases.
4,572 confirmed cases.
7,820 confirmed cases.
6,385 confirmed cases.
6,390 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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