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Statement from Steve Rotheram on
potential further restrictions, or local lockdown, for Liverpool City Region
COMMENTING on reports that a
local lockdown could be imposed on Liverpool City Region and
other parts of the North this week, Liverpool City Region
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, said:- "We have all seen
the worrying rise in cases of Coronavirus across the
country, so it is right that if the current restrictions are
not proving to be enough, that the Government considers
every option available to protect people and stop the spread
of the virus. However, if they are going to force another
shutdown of the hospitality industry and a ban on all social
gatherings, then they need to put in place proper financial
support for Councils and local public health teams, for
business to prevent them from going under and to stop
thousands of people losing their jobs through no fault of
their own. To be effective, any announcement on further
local restrictions or local lockdowns has to come with clear
messaging and a package of measures to protect jobs and
support the local economy, including a local furlough
scheme, financial support for businesses and support for the
self employed; many of whom have not received any help at
all since this crisis began."
"perfect storm" will affect millions this Winter
A "perfect storm" of mental health stresses is
being created with lockdowns, economic anxiety, enforced
social distancing, poor weather and isolation; meaning
millions of home workers will suffer in silence this Winter.
The UK is possibly facing its biggest ever mental health
crisis since the WWII this Winter as a combination of many
factors will contribute to the low mood and poor mental
health of millions of employees working from home. According
to the ONS (Office of National Statistics) 69% of adults in
the UK are staying that Coronavirus is having a negative
effect on their life and the drill down statistics are even
63% are worrying about the future.
56% are feeling stressed or anxious.
49% are bored.
"The worrying thing is everyone is in the same boat; we are
so busy fighting our own fires; many of us don't have the
time or energy to help others. people are having a rotten
time of it at the moment, and this Winter will be a real
crunch point for many." says Jonathan Ratcliffe from
office company Offices.co.uk
Critical stress factors this Winter include:-
Lockdowns - working from home and seeing
less family / friends mean increasingly isolated lives.
Uncertainty - Worries over employment and
the economy creating a feeling of anxiousness.
Poor Weather - Less daylight, poor weather
means less opportunity to leave the house for fresh air and
"The big worry for myself and my colleagues is either a new
National lockdown, or the Schools will close, because this
will tip the balance for many people working from home and
just managing to keep things on an even keel," says
Offices.co.uk offers these general pointers to those working
from home and feeling the pressure:-
Routine - it's vital if you want to be
motivated that you set a routine. Make sure you get up at a
decent time and start work at 9am.
To do list - Start by writing a small list
of work to achieve, lower your expectations and work towards
ticking all those goals even if they are small.
Talk to someone - If you have a work buddy,
you'd usually chew the fat with, why change? Give them a
call, maybe 1st thing - helps you both realise you are not
Food and drink - Make sure you eat properly
and stay hydrated throughout the day.
Fresh air - At lunch time take a walk or sit
outside, put your phone down, look around and enjoy the
peace and quiet.
Finish at 5 - Don't be tempted to work into
the evening, try and finish up around the same time as you
Put the phone down - After "work"
is over, try to forget about it. Enjoy time with a
partner or family.
Wine O'clock - It's tempting to hit the wine
each night, we're under stress. But you didn't booze like
this before, time to reduce intake and get a good sleep.
Sleep - Decent bedtime and try and get 8
hours solid sleep if possible.
Plan for the other side - This will end, we
simply don't know when yet, and when it does you need to be
in the best shape possible to seize any opportunities. Get
"Bosses need to be very aware that their remote staff might
be struggling, and while they have their own pressures, they
need to reach out and monitor staff daily to make sure any
issues can be addressed; being sensitive and caring is
upmost for employers this Winter period..."
concludes Jonathan Ratcliffe from Offices.Co.UK
insights applications now open
MORE Councils in England are set
to benefit from the latest round of the Local Government
Insights Programme as
they continue to lead their communities through the Covid19
Now in its 6th year, the LGA said applications for the
programme are open. It will see Councils chosen to receive
£20,000 to deliver behavioural insights projects aimed at
changing, or sustaining behaviour, which have arisen in
communities during the Coronavirus pandemic. Councils will
be asked to match fund the projects which will have national
significance and learning for Local Authorities nationwide.
The behavioural insights approach is based on the approach
that interventions will encourage people to make better life
choices for themselves and society will be more successful
if they are based on insights from behavioural science.
Previous schemes which have benefitted from the programme
have proven to generate low cost interventions to improve
outcomes for people.
The LGA worked with Kent County Council, Kent Police, their
commissioned support services and the Behavioural Insights
Team to increase the number of domestic abuse victims that
seek and receive support. The commissioned support service
successfully contacted a further 6.3% of domestic violence
victims which saw a 3.6% increase of uptake in support
Knowsley Borough Council increased uptake of assistance
technology in the home and developed behaviourally informed
materials and conducted a mail out targeted at key groups of
residents who could benefit; those with blue badges and
those with assisted bin collections. Installations increased
North Yorkshire County Council and the LGA are running a
project to support home workers during the Covid19 outbreak
as they adjust to working from home. This includes
assistance with home Schooling for parents and carers who
have new responsibilities.
Cllr Peter Fleming, Chairman of the LGA's Improvement and
Innovation Board, said:- "The LGA's Behavioural
Insights programme is a local Government success story. As
Councils come to terms with the impact of the Coronavirus
crisis, we encourage them to apply for our programme to help
them to tackle the challenges they will face in the months
and years ahead."
now Rishi or you'll be responsible for mass closures, job
losses and hardship" Publicans write open letter to the
BRITAIN'S publicans have written a powerful open
letter to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, urging him and the
Government to urgently support pubs or be responsible for
mass closures, job losses and hardship.
The letter, organised by the Campaign for Pubs, the national
grassroots campaign group representing pubs, publicans and
pub goers, expresses publicans' dismay at the woeful lack of
support from the Chancellor in his economic statement on
Thursday, and points out that without further help many pubs
now face imminent closure under new Government imposed
Publicans all over the UK are urged to add their name to the
letter, which can be signed online
The letter comes at the end of the first weekend of pubs
operating with a 10pm curfew and mandatory table service,
with most reporting significant drops in trade. Many
publicans are now considering whether to close their pubs
and either mothball them until after the restrictions end or
to simply walk away altogether, especially with many pubs
still facing large rent bills from uncaring and intransigent
pubcos and commercial landlords.
The letter explains how, in the Chancellor's statement this
week, thousands of pubs that don't serve food were given no
help and support whatsoever, despite the fact that the 10pm
curfew and table service requirement have both had a drastic
impact on the viability of pubs. Both measures
simultaneously reduce trade and increases costs, a
disastrous double whammy on top of the three-month national
lockdown, existing restrictions and additional local
restrictions in some areas.
The letter also points out that while the extension of the
5% VAT rate for eating out is of limited help to some pubs,
it gives another huge boost to alternative big business
hospitality venues, including fast food chains like
McDonalds and KFC and other chains, and it does nothing at
all to help many of the pubs that need help most, smaller
"wet led" pubs, micropubs and taprooms, all run
by small businesses and operating at the heart of their
communities. The letter also points out that the new Job
Support Scheme offers no help at all to most pubs, as on
current trading figures many actually need more staff not
fewer, and certainly could not afford to subsidise staff for
The letter expresses publicans' serious concerns at the
latest restrictions imposed by the Government, with pubs all
around the country reporting significant drops in trade,
many to the point where they will have no choice but to
close the doors to prevent further losses. There is real
anger amongst licensees about the 10pm curfew, which has no
scientific basis, but which makes it impossible for some
pubs reliant on Friday and Saturday night trade to operate
profitably. Many publicans and others have expressed the
folly of such a policy, for which the Government has already
been forced to admit it made no impact assessment and which
has already been shown to have led to crowding on the
streets and on public transport at closing time, and
furthermore risks people turning their backs on the
controlled environment of the pub and instead going to
uncontrolled social gatherings in their homes or other
There is also anger that, with venues already having
invested in physical infrastructure such as screens and
other measures to keep customers safe, the Government has
now insisted on table service, which not only makes many pub
staff less safe but also increases staff costs
significantly, something that most pubs simply cannot manage
with the current levels of trade.
The letter calls for an urgent package of support for pubs,
warning the Chancellor that if he doesn't listen to UK
publicans, he and the Government will be directly
responsible for mass pub closures, job losses and hardship
among thousands of families reliant on the pub trade. The
measures being called for are:-
5% (or even better zero) VAT on ALL sales in
Grants to cover full costs if pubs cannot
viably trade due to the current restrictions and have to
A business rates holiday extension, with a
complete overhaul for business rates for pubs prior to
A statutory right to an immediate rent
review for all pubs, to tackle the fact many pubs are facing
wholly unreasonable rent levels, considering the Government
restrictions and reduced trade
The letter lays out the stark reality that many pubs are
better off closing due to the new restrictions, and
highlights the unfairness of the fact that, despite his own
Government imposing these restrictions, the Chancellor
announced nothing to help pubs through this next 6 months.
The letter urges the Chancellor to meet with publicans,
having ignored the voice of the people that actually devote
their lives to running pubs for far too long (as opposed to
those representing large pubcos and breweries). The letter
ends with such a plea:
So we are urging you to listen to the nation's publicans; to
meet with us and understand that we need urgent support now
to get through the next 6 months. If you ignore us, you and
the Government will be responsible for the closure and loss
of many important pubs up and down the country, as well as
causing loss and hardship for publicans, pub staff and their
Commenting, Paul Crossman, Chair of the Campaign for Pubs
and licensee of 3 pubs in York said:- "Pubs up and
down the UK have done their utmost to reopen safely since
lockdown, and the vast majority have managed to do so in a
way that has been welcomed and praised by their customers
and communities. This despite the fact we have had to cope
with constantly shifting and ambiguous, and usually
last-minute, Government guidance. The announcement of strict
new measures by the Prime Minister this week came as a huge
blow to the great many responsible publicans who have
invested so much time, effort and money in order to provide
a service which safeguards their customers and the
communities they serve. The lack of subsequent support in
the Chancellor's own speech will have come as the final
straw for many despairing small business publicans, who now
simply lack the reserves to carry on. A huge number of our
beloved pubs are now under imminent threat due to the
dubious policy choices of this Government. If they do not
reconsider their position and invest in support for pubs
now, the potential loss to our economy, our communities and
the character of our towns and cities will be incalculable.
For this they would ultimately face the judgement of the
British public themselves who will need and indeed cherish
the unique collective community spirit of their precious
local pubs more than ever once this crisis is finally over."
Dawn Hopkins, Vice-Chair of the Campaign for Pubs and
licensee of the Rose, Norwich (a wet-led pub) said:-
"Britain's publicans feel ignored and betrayed by Rishi
Sunak and the Government. We have spent the last three
months working hard to make our pubs safe and then the
Government imposes some frankly stupid rules that make
everyone less safe, and decimate our trade. To do this
without offering is support means that Rishi Sunak has
turned his back on the nation's pubs. He is telling us that
he doesn't care if we close or how publicans pay their bills
or feed their children. It is the Government that is making
many pubs unviable, through ill considered non evidence
based rules and the Government must compensate us for the
amount of trade we will and are already losing. If Rishi
Sunak and Boris Johnson ignore us then they will go down in
history as the men who destroyed the Great British pub, so
we urge them to change course, look again at these
destructive rules, and to either allow us to trade safely
and viably as we were, or to properly support us."
pushed to breaking point - Beer sales plummet but taxes set to
NEW research released today by
SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) shows that the UK's
independent breweries are struggling to cope with a fall in
beer sales, just as Government threatens them with increased
Known for revolutionising the UK's brewing industry, and
creating a nation of craft beer lovers, this previously
small but booming sector is now under threat; as the global
lockdown saw a considerable drop in craft beer sales. Even
after pubs and restaurants started to reopen this summer,
craft beer sales remained at just 51% of what they would
have expected for a 'normal' July, and the new
10pm curfew and rules around table service only have given
pubs and brewery taprooms another hurdle to jump.
The fall in sales comes just as the Government is set to
slash the Small Breweries' Relief, which was introduced to
take account of small brewers' relatively high cost of
production and allow them to compete with global brewers.
The Government are yet to reveal exactly how much these
taxes will rise, and it is this uncertainty which means 58%
of brewers say they are delaying investment, 51% are
delaying employing new staff, and 49% are delaying growing
their brewing capacity; with just 4% of respondents greeting
the Governments proposed tax changes positively.
"This new data shows very clearly that breweries are
delaying investment and growth as they simply do not know
what their tax bill will look like in the future; it is
making a very difficult situation near impossible for small
independent breweries across the UK; businesses which have
been hit extremely hard by Coronavirus. Breweries saw their
sales slashed by over 80% when pubs closed and even in July
once things had reopened sales were at half of what we would
have usually expected. The timing of announcing a tax rise
for many small brewers could not be worse." James
Calder, SIBA Chief Executive.
Tory MP and former Pubs Minister Andrew Percy has backed
small brewers and says the proposed changes would seriously
damage the industry:- "The growth of small and craft
breweries across the UK in recent years has been something
of a jobs and economic success story. As well as supporting
new jobs in the brewing directly, this growth has supported
jobs and businesses right across the country be that
farmers, local pubs or bottle shops. This has been in no
small part thanks to support offered by the small brewers
rate relief. This relief has led to a revolution in brewing
whilst at the same time increasing choice for consumers and
introducing consumers, especially younger consumers, to new
styles of beer. The changes as proposed would seriously
damage what has been something of a British success story in
recent years and one of the few bright spots in what has
been a difficult decade for our local pubs."
This new research follows the launch of a Petition to back
local beer; calling on the Government to reverse their
proposed tax rise that would affect up to 150 small
breweries. The petition has reached 40,000 signatures in a
few weeks and now has the support of the UK's largest beer
consumer Group CAMRA.
"These figures highlight the fragile situation that our
brewing industry is in following lockdown, and why the
Government's proposed tax increase for some of the smallest
brewers poses a real threat to competition and consumer
choice. We need the Government to rethink their plans for
changes to Small Brewers Relief to make sure that our local
and small brewers can overcome the challenges they have
faced during the Coronavirus crisis and can invest and grow
in the future. This is why it's so important that all CAMRA
members and beer lovers back the petition on the
Parlaiment.uk website today." Tom Stainer, CAMRA
drive after spike in Merseyside care vacancies
A recruitment drive has been launched to fill a
rising number of care vacancies in Merseyside during the
pandemic. Liverpool recruitment company, Lupa Recruitment,
is calling for anyone with experience in a care setting to
consider applying for 1 of the many vacancies which are
currently available due to Covid19. Roles range from
temporary healthcare assistants to senior management
positions across Merseyside. The company has seen an upturn
in temporary cover required in:- Home Care, Children's Homes
and Care Homes across the North West, due to staff isolating
with symptoms or confirmed cases. Many Care Homes also
require temporary care workers to replace team members
experiencing burnout from working continually during the
first wave of the virus.
Jennifer Brereton, managing director of Lupa Recruitment,
said:- "During the 1st wave of Coronavirus we had two
separate teams supporting our care home clients, 1 for the
Covid positive homes and 1 managing the negatives ones, to
prevent cross contamination and keep our colleagues, clients
and candidates safe. As many carers moved into the setting
where they worked to provide round the clock care to
residents and safeguard their own families, they naturally
needed time off to rest and be rewarded for their
dedication. It's an incredibly rewarding career, and one
where you can see the positive impact your work has on
vulnerable people every day."
A spike in home care vacancies is something Jennifer
believes is down to families preferring to keep elderly
relatives at home for as long as possible during the
pandemic. She said:- "Moving a relative into a care
home is a huge decision. Naturally, families are cautious
right now and many are exploring the home care route
instead. However, our care home clients have done the right
thing by locking down early, avoiding visitors coming onto
their premises and only allowing staff to come to work if
they have tested negative for the virus."
Liverpool start up business Lupa Recruitment, based in
Speke, was set up in January of this year. To register
online for current vacancies available with Lupa
View available vacancies here:-
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 4,044 cases and the
total number now stand at 439,013, 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 13 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 42,001.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
1,727. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 262. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 266.
In England, there are a total of 377,035 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 80,555 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
1 to 10
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:-
with Darwen, 2,624 confirmed cases.
1,354 confirmed cases.
4,637 confirmed cases.
2,556 confirmed cases.
East, 2,876 confirmed cases.
West and Chester, 2,635 confirmed cases.
12,004 confirmed cases.
7,026 confirmed cases.
4,128 confirmed cases.
2,186 confirmed cases.
3,261 confirmed cases.
2,967 confirmed cases.
2,647 confirmed cases.
2,934 confirmed cases.
2,281 confirmed cases.
2,335 confirmed cases.
3,361 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.
Previous 24hr Data
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