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This page last updated on 28 December 2020

CLA calling for clarity on available business support in Lancashire

THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is urging clarity on financial support available to rural businesses within the hospitality and tourism sector. Lancashire's Tier 3 classification restricts social interaction, resulting in a sharp decline in visitor numbers. By contrast, the Welsh Government announced a clear support package to cover the period of their 'firebreak' lockdown whereby every firm covered by small business rates relief would receive a ₤1,000 payment, and that small and medium sized retail, leisure and hospitality firms that have to close will be entitled to a 1 off payment of up to ₤5,000 in addition to extra discretionary grants and support for smaller businesses. In Lancashire, the Government announced a ₤12million support package for businesses, however, the detail on how this will be apportioned is still uncertain.

CLA member John Welbank, owns and manages Ireby Green, an independent family run farm, café and caravan park situated in the upper Lune Valley near Kirkby Lonsdale, expressing his frustration, said:- "As a hospitality business in a tier 3 area, it seems like we're being sacrificed, especially since this announcement was made without any information for affected businesses. More details are needed on, not only the regulations for businesses such as ours, but also details of the available support. We understand the Government thinking behind a tier 3 lockdown, but to make this announcement without any detail will no doubt have dire consequences for businesses especially in the hospitality and tourism sector. For us, it is galling to be only 200 metres from the Yorkshire boundary, and 2 km from the Cumbrian border, both of which are considerably less restricted than Lancashire. Politicians locally have not helped to provide clarity either."

CLA Director North Dorothy Fairburn said:- "We call on local politicians to clarify details of available business support, and to properly consider the impacts their decisions have on businesses. Especially important is that businesses should be informed of changes in rules to give them time to adapt in, what is, already a highly challenging situation. It's even more important that the Government release, as a priority, the funding they have promised to support businesses, and we have raised this with Whitehall."

Total UK cases Covid19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

Not all data has been added due to Christmas.

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:- 41,385 cases and the total number now stand at:- 2,329,730 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:-
357, 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:- 71,109, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 79,349.

Hospital information has not been updated due to Christmas.

In England, there are a total of:-
1,999,728 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 356,087 confirmed cases.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-


Area and number of confirmed cases:- Risen by:-

National UK Lockdown

Tier 2

Liverpool City Region

Liverpool, 26,770 confirmed cases.


Halton,  5,494 confirmed cases.


Knowsley, 8,622 confirmed cases. 53
Sefton, 11,811 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 8,660 confirmed case.


Wirral, 11,663 confirmed cases.


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The number of laboratory confirmed cases within Local Authorities around the Liverpool City Region, since start of the Pandemic, are as follows:-


 Blackburn with Darwen, 11,284 confirmed cases.

 Blackpool, 6,096 confirmed cases.

 Bolton, 16,868 confirmed cases.

 Bury, 11,393 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire East, 11,514 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire West and Chester, 11,342 confirmed cases.

 Lancashire, 57,665 confirmed cases.

 Manchester, 35,086 confirmed cases.

 Oldham, 16,478 confirmed cases.

 Preston, 8,422 confirmed cases.

 Rochdale, 14,5178 confirmed cases.

 Salford, 15,087 confirmed cases.

 Stockport, 12,217 confirmed cases.

 Tameside, 11,609 confirmed cases.

 Trafford, 10,101 confirmed cases.

 Warrington, 9,862 confirmed cases

 Wigan, 18,823 confirmed cases.

Total UK people who have received vaccination

1st Dose 2nd Dose
616,933 Not yet disclosed

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.


The latest R number is estimated at:- 1.1 to 1.3 with a daily infection growth rate range of:- +1% to +6%, as of 24 December 2020.

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