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This page last updated on 28 October 2020
Schools must be compensated for
Covid19 costs, says MP
SEFTON Schools should be fully compensated for any
extra costs incurred during the Coronavirus Pandemic, says 1
of the Borough's MPs. Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson has
been contacted by Schools in the constituency expressing
deep concern over their budgets after they were forced to
spend thousands of pounds on extra resources and face a loss
of income from before and after School clubs. The Government
had invited Schools to apply to a Coronavirus Exceptional
Costs Fund for grants to cover extra costs incurred during
the Pandemic. However, many Schools that applied to the fund
have still not been told what they will receive, if
anything. Every School in Sefton remained open for key
workers from March to July, and incurred extra costs to
get:- "Covid-ready" for the new School year in
Mr Esterson said:- "Headteachers have contacted me to
say they have real and serious concerns relating to School
funding in the immediate future. Schools have applied to the
Department for Education as requested for a grant but have
not yet heard if they will receive any extra funding. They
say they have been left in the dark. For 1 Primary School it
for another almost ₤25,000.
These are costs that Schools, particularly Primary Schools,
cannot afford to meet from current budgets, which are
already stretched past breaking point."
As well as extra costs incurred due to the Pandemic, Schools
have lost income from breakfast clubs and after Schools
clubs, which were closed to paying pupils at the end of the
last School year, and have been undersubscribed since
September due to parents losing their jobs or switching to
working from home. Any teachers who are shielding or self
isolating must also be temporarily replaced by a supply
teacher, the costs of which Schools cannot claim for,
therefore putting even more pressure on budgets. Mr Esterson
said:- "1 School told me they had lost ₤13,000
from wraparound care income. They weren't able to furlough
staff like other businesses, due to being in the public
sector, so had to continue paying staff wages. It is also
costing this School ₤10,000
to cover a teacher absence as this teacher is shielding and
is rightly being allowed to protect her own health. Then
there are costs when staff have to self isolate while
waiting for Covid test results or because a contact has
tested positive. The Government has to step in and assure
Schools all these extra costs will be covered. Education
budgets have already been slashed under this Government and
Schools cannot sustain these extra costs and losses. Schools
who are doing the right thing with regard to keeping staff
and pupils safe are penalised the most. The costs are
completely out of the Schools' control. This could
ultimately lead to budget deficits which can only be
addressed through staff cuts. That's the last thing our
children and young people need; they need more teachers and
support, not less, after missing so much of last year and
parts of this year if they are sent home to isolate. I have
asked the Education Secretary when these Schools will find
out when they will be paid from the Coronavirus fund. It is
not fair to keep Headteachers and Governors waiting."
Pleasureland hopes to still run Halloween and Christmas events
SOUTHPORT Pleasureland plans to
run its biggest and best yet:- 'Day of the Dead' spectacular this November, and
launch its Winter Wonderland North in December 2020. Day of the Dead is an
increasingly popular high octane after dark annual:- 'celebration of life'
featuring:- colourful samba drummers, fire spinners, fire eaters, stilt walkers,
music with a live DJ, the park's rides fully illuminated and running; and a
dramatic fireworks finale. The whole family Mexican celebration, which will see
the park festooned with bright and beautiful sugar skulls, on Saturday, 14
November 2020, and will include outdoor food concessions and entertainments with
proven Covid19 safety measures in place. Gates open at 5pm. Tickets for
non-riders are £9.99 and include all the entertainments and fireworks and the
'rider' ticket price of £24.50 and includes unlimited rides .
There is no more exuberant and colourful celebration of simply being alive than
South America's Day of the Dead extravaganza; and this will be Pleasureland's
3rd. The Day of the Dead; or el Día de los Muertos; is a Mexican holiday
dedicated to family. So it is fitting that the North West family focused
attraction has chosen this most vibrant entertainment to light up the evening
The family spectacular has proven so popular with adults and children that each
year it has grown to include new and even more exotic and entertaining elements.
With illuminated rides running and music pulsing the celebration is defined by
explosions of colour and zest for life and the firework display makes sure the
sky is the limit for this memorable evening.
The park will be transformed into a theatre of light and music against a
fabulous fiesta atmosphere. It's not every evening that you and your family are
treated to the spectacle of a pair of skeletons duelling with flaming swords or
dancing with fire, so keep your eyes peeled for something more than a little out
of the ordinary.
The Katumba drum band is Liverpool's own. A fierce fusion of UK big beat,
Caribbean calypso and the carnivals of Northeast Brazil; Katumba creates an
explosion of rhythmic revelry that you can't help but dance to. Its colossal
carnival sound fills the air and is complimented by spectacular dance
choreography. The band has performed at some of the world's biggest events
including:- Africa Oyé, Brazilica, Amsterdam Carnival and Recife Carnival,
To ensure effective social distancing measures this year's event will feature
acts on a purpose built stage with a 1 way system for visitors to enter and
leave the show area. But that's not all Pleasureland has in store for visitors
to the park as we bid 2020 a final farewell. Park CEO Norman Wallis says:-
"Day of the Dead has become a real hit, but we didn't want to leave it at
that, so we are staging Winter Wonderland North. We have been considering and
planning a Winter Wonderland North event for some time. We have been open with
full Coronavirus safety measures in place for many months. We know what we're
doing, what works and how to make sure people understand the part they have to
play in keeping everyone safe. Those who've visited the park will know that we
take great care over the grounds and landscaping. We've planted many Christmas
trees and they, along with our exiting established trees will be decorated with
beautiful Christmas lights. All of the rides and buildings will be shimmering as
the park pulls on its Winter Wow from its 1st weekend, starting Saturday, 28
November 2020 and Sunday 29 November 2020. Winter Wonderland will then be open
every weekend in December until it opens daily (with the exception of Christmas
Eve and Christmas Day) until 3 January 2021. Father Christmas; and the park is
hoping to coax his reindeer to join him; will be in his Covid-safe grotto
residence, a new indoor ride around Santa's workshop is under construction and a
German style Christmas Market offers Christmas treats and festive food and
drink; so there will be plenty to see and do."
More details about the what's on at Pleasureland is posted on the park's
SouthportPleasureland.Com. This year
social distancing measures will be observed but fun levels will be kept high.
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 24,701 cases and the
total number now stand at 942,275, 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:- 310, 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:- 45,675, 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:-
9,520. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 902. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of 799,019 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 200,118 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
St. Helens, 5,378
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, 5,969 confirmed cases.
3,345 confirmed cases.
9,746 confirmed cases.
5,996 confirmed cases.
East, 5,794 confirmed cases.
West and Chester, 5,470 confirmed cases.
30,790 confirmed cases.
19,146 confirmed cases.
8,893 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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