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This page last updated on 28 February 2021

TUC says:- "North West workers put in ₤2 billion worth of unpaid overtime during the Pandemic"

ON TUC's 17th annual:- 'Work Your Proper Hours Day' on Friday, 26 February 2021 they announced that Across the UK, more than 3 million people did unpaid overtime in 2020, putting in an average of 7.7 unpaid hours a week. That's equivalent to ₤7,300 of annual wages going unpaid for work done. As a result, the TUC are now encouraging workers to finish shifts on time and Managers to encouraged and support staff by setting reasonable workloads, with workplace policies that protect against burnout.

In the North West Region, 10.5% of employees did unpaid overtime, averaging 7.3 hours per week. That's equivalent to ₤6,237 a year of wages going unpaid. With many workers furloughed or reducing their working hours to care for children, the number of hours worked in the economy has fallen. This is reflected in significantly lower numbers of workers doing unpaid overtime, and the amount and financial value of unpaid hours worked.

As in previous years, Teachers are high on the list. The challenges of keeping Schools open for the children of key workers, while providing home learning too, has kept up their work intensity. Managers and Directors feature strongly, suggesting that the additional responsibilities of senior staff are not properly managed by employers.

The TUC analysis estimates that key workers in the North West have collectively contributed ₤600 million of unpaid overtime in the last year. The TUC is calling on the UK Government to cancel the pay freeze affecting 2.7m public sector key workers.

The union body says that key workers have earned a decent pay rise for putting in long and tough hours to keep the country going during the Pandemic. If key workers get a decent pay rise, the boost to consumer spending will help our businesses and high street recover, and this will help many other workers get a pay rise too.

The TUC is calling for action in the Budget to:-

 Cancel the pay freeze - The Government is planning to freeze the pay this year of 2.7 million public sector staff. This is no way to thank key workers. And by holding down pay, consumer spending will be reduced with a ₤1.7 billion hit to the England economy. The pay freeze should be cancelled.

 Raise the minimum wage - The Chancellor should commit to raising the minimum wage to at least ₤10 an hour, improving the pay of 3.6 million key workers.

 Fill vacancies in essential services - Many public services are understaffed. The NHS and social care services have the worst shortfalls, lacking 220,000 workers in total. The Chancellor should provide funding to unlock these vital jobs. This would reduce pressures leading current staff to work unpaid hours.

The TUC is also calling on the Government to quickly bring forward the long promised employment bill and strengthen protections against overwork and burnout. TUC Regional Secretary Lynn Collins said:- “Over the last year, many workers in the North West have put in huge amounts of unpaid overtime to keep the country going. And they have kept businesses and public services afloat. We should thank the key workers who put in extra hours without any extra pay. At the Budget, the Chancellor should cancel the pay freeze and give every key worker a decent pay rise. It is what they have earned. And he should unlock the 600,000 public sector job vacancies and gaps that currently exist. That's an easy way to cut unemployment, reduce burnout among key workers and get our public services back on their feet."

But with any small businesses struggling and some going without support or income since March 2020, the idea that minimum wage should rise to at least ₤10 an hour, will bankrupt most of them. Many small business owners say that the Unions only look at big business and do not take into account the effect on small businesses, as members of mist Unions are not small business workers, This is a very devices issue and the Unions call sounds good, but in reality, many small business owners point out that id the pay rises, so will costs, making any costs rises harder to off set, just when we are going against lower paid workers from other countries, after bulling out of the EU.

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Total UK cases Covid19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:- 731,410 cases and the total number now stand at:- 85,925,041 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:- 144 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:-
122,849, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 135,613.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
14,808. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,971 Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 1,112.

In England, there are a total of:- 3,658,352 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 575,918 confirmed cases.

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


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

Liverpool City Region
Nation Lockdown

National UK Restrictions.

Liverpool, 47,289 confirmed cases.


Halton, 11,560 confirmed cases. 15
Knowsley, 16,973  confirmed cases. 5
Sefton, 23,135 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 16,435 confirmed cases.


Wirral, 23,718 23,686 confirmed cases.


Colour Key:- 0  1 to 10 11 to 20 21 to 30  31 to 40 41 to 50 51 to 100 100 to 199 200 & over  

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, 17,153 confirmed cases.

8,870 confirmed cases.

24,270 confirmed cases.

16,352 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire East,
19,749 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire West and Chester,
20,633 confirmed cases.

92,844 confirmed cases.

49,896 confirmed cases.

21,622 confirmed cases.

12,895 confirmed cases.

19,844 confirmed cases.

 Salford, 21,756 confirmed cases.

19,571 confirmed cases.

16,974 confirmed cases.

15,644 confirmed cases.

16,988 confirmed cases

27,279 confirmed cases

Total UK people who have received vaccination

1st Dose 2nd Dose
20,089,551 796,132
Jab Stats correct as of 27 February 2021
The vaccination programme began on 8 December 2020 with people receiving the Vaccine  developed by Pfizer / BioNTech, and people began receiving the Oxford University / AstraZeneca Vaccine  from 4 January 2021. Both Vaccine s are given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart, for a full vaccination course.

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:- 0.6 to 0.9 with a daily infection growth rate range of:- -6% to -2%, as of 26 February 2021.

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