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Announces Plans to Make Pavements Accessible for All
PAVEMENTS could be made safer for
people with disabilities and families under new proposals to ban antisocial
parking unveiled by the Government. Parking on pavements disproportionately
affects people with visual or mobility impairments, those assisted by guide
dogs, and wheelchair and mobility scooter users. More than 95% of wheelchair
users and people with visual impairments say they have faced problems as a
result of vehicles parked on pavements. 3 options are proposed; improving the
traffic regulation order process to make it easier for Councils to prohibit
pavement parking in their areas, giving Councils powers to fine drivers who park
on paths, and a London style nationwide ban on pavement parking. However, there
is still a major role for cars and other private vehicles, so any future plans
will need to take this into consideration.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:- "Parking on pavements means
wheelchair users, visually impaired people and parents with push chairs can be
forced into the road, which is not only dangerous, but discourages people from
making journeys. A key part of our green, post Covid recovery will be
encouraging more people to choose active travel, such as walking, so it is vital
that we make the nation's pavements accessible for everyone."
Pavement parking presents a clear safety risk when parked cars occupy the
pavement and force vulnerable pedestrians to move into the road. Disabled people
say pavement parking is a significant barrier to carrying out daily journeys.
Recent research from the charity Guide Dogs shows that 32% of people with vision
impairments and 48% of wheelchair users were less willing to go out on their own
because of pavement parking, decreasing independence and contributing towards
isolation. As many streets were built decades and centuries before the high
levels of vehicles currently on roads, any measures will need to ensure the free
flow of traffic and access for the emergency services. The consultation is the
Government's latest step to deliver on commitments to make transport equally
accessible for all users by 2030, as set out in the Inclusive Transport
Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications, Living Streets said:-
"We're regularly contacted by disabled and older people who feel trapped in
their homes because there isn't enough room on the pavement for wheelchairs or
mobility scooters. This has impacted more people during the pandemic with
blocked pavements affecting everyone's ability to physically distance."
Blanche Shackleton, Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns at Guide Dogs
said:- "For many people with sight loss, cars and vans parked on the
pavement make our streets stressful and dangerous to navigate. At any time, you
might be forced out into the road with traffic that you cannot see. When every
journey is an ordeal, simply going out independently can become daunting."
Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO of Mumsnet said:- "Lots of us have
occasionally parked a couple of wheels up on the pavement to leave space on the
road without really thinking about how it might inconvenience people. It's a
topic that comes up regularly on Mumsnet, where wheelchair users and people with
buggies share stories about being forced into the road, or having to double back
The consultation comes as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps steps up efforts to
encourage active travel; such as walking; as part of a green, post Covid
recovery, and level up road quality across the country. The Government announced
₤2bn, in May 2020, to get more people walking and cycling, and ₤2.5bn in the
Budget towards repairing potholes as part of the biggest nationwide programme
ever announced. On top of this, the Government is also investing ₤27bn to
improve roads across the country and boost connectivity between our Towns and
Cities. It is currently an offence to cause an unnecessary obstruction on the
highway, which is enforceable by the Police.
Bank of Mum and Dad to drive UK housing market recovery after COVID-19, says
Legal and General
THE Bank of Mum and Dad will be a driving force behind the recovery of Britain's
housing market as buyers struggle with the economic impact of the COVID-19
crisis, new research from Legal and General and Cebr shows. 23% will be backed by
'BoMaD' in 2020, with 24% of
borrowers now more reliant on financial support from family and friends.
Mirroring the impact of the lockdown on the UK housing market, the Bank of Mum
and Dad will lend just ₤3.5bn to loved ones this year; almost halving the
₤6.3bn parents, grandparents, other family and friends lent in 2019. It will
also fund 85,000 fewer home purchases.
The figures reflect the effective closure of the housing market under the
COVID-19 induced lockdown and a wider collapse in purchases reported by HMRC,
with total property transactions similarly falling by nearly half in Q2 2020.1
Despite this, the Bank of Mum and Dad will still be involved in 175,000 housing
transactions, within an estimated transaction value of ₤50.3bn, this year. With
the housing market now re-opened, BoMaD is ready to step up and be a key element
of the housing sector's recovery, as thousands of buyers press ahead with their
plans to buy after the lockdown.
Nigel Wilson, CEO at Legal and General said:- "If 'Build, Build, Build' is how we will recover from COVID-19, then the Bank of
Mum and Dad will be centre stage once more. Generous parents, grandparents,
family members and friends are gifting thousands towards deposits, with BoMaD
outpacing even Stamp Duty cuts as a driver of renewed housing market activity.
"For years buyers have been faced with a limited supply of affordable homes. A
challenge which is now being compounded by COVID-19. Not only are buyers facing
an uncertain economic future, but changes by lenders in the wake of the pandemic
have restricted the low-deposit mortgage options on which many young people rely
to make their first step. While the Bank of Mum and Dad is leaning in to help
those lucky enough to have its backing, a generation of hopeful buyers without
the support of BoMaD could find themselves locked out of the housing market."
In 2019 19% of all home purchases were funded wholly or partly by the Bank of
Mum and Dad. In 2020 that figure will rise to nearly a quarter (23%). Of those
who've bought recently and received support from family and friends, 65% said it
would have been 'unlikely' without help from BoMaD. 1 in 5 (19%) expect they
would have had to delay their purchase by more than 5 years without BoMaD
support, and a further 14% said they never would have been able to buy without
the help of family or friends.
The figures come as buyers face the economic implications of the pandemic and a
restriction in the choice of high loan to value (LTV) mortgages on which many
buyers (especially 1st time buyers) rely. Recent data from Moneyfacts has
shown a dramatic fall in the number of 90% LTV mortgages on the market which
allow people to buy with just a 10% deposit.
Despite the Stamp Duty holiday for purchases under ₤500,000, just 8% of would be
purchasers say they are less reliant on family or friends for financial support
as a result of the policy measures introduced to mitigate the effects of the
Coronavirus crisis. Only 12% have brought forward their plans to buy since the
start of the pandemic.
Legal and General's research shows that the Coronavirus crisis has encouraged
BoMaD lenders to be even more generous than usual. This year, family members and
friends will lend an average of ₤20,000 towards deposits. As a result of the
crisis, 15% of BoMaD 'lenders' are now planning to give more than they would
have done before the pandemic to help their loved ones. Of those saying that
Coronavirus has changed the amount of money they are willing to give, almost one
in five (18%) want to give at least 50% more.
Homebuyers in London are set to receive the most, with the average BoMaD 'loan'
standing at ₤25,800. This was followed by the East Midlands, where lenders have
given a significant boost to the average BoMaD contribution this year, from
₤16,000 in 2019 to ₤24,100 in 2020. Family and friends in the North East and
Yorkshire are contributing the least, but on average are still lending a
generous ₤13,800 to help loved ones buy a home.
Cash remains king for BoMaD, with 39% of lenders using cash savings to provide
financial assistance. However, the data also shows that for many people
inheritance is skipping a generation and acting as an intergenerational gift,
with 27% of lenders using inherited funds to help their
children or grandchildren to buy. Others are drawing money from ISAs (22%) and
investments (16%), or even downsizing (12%) to unlock cash.
Nigel Wilson concluded:- "Whilst the generosity of the Bank of Mum and Dad is undoubtedly helping
hundreds of thousands of loved ones to realise their homeownership goals every
year, it remains a symptom of our broken housing market. Our reliance on BoMaD
is unfair and unsustainable, and it's putting retirements at risk as parents and
grandparents try to help their kids to have a similar standard of living as they
enjoyed. In order to make a meaningful difference and to create a fair and long lasting
market dynamic, we need to become a house building nation once again. Thousands
of new and affordable properties, across a variety of tenures, are needed to
give everyone a fair chance at homeownership. At Legal and General we are playing
an active role in delivering this, investing in infrastructure and jobs, as well
as delivering housing for all ages, social groups and tenures. The housing
market has long been at the heart of our nation's economy, and now more than
ever, we need to invest in this sector in sustainable way if we really want to
support the UK's wider return to growth."
The Bank of Mum and Dad might be an imperfect solution to an intergenerational
problem, but it has also become an established and vital part of the housing
landscape. Legal and General's 2020 BoMaD research also reveals that 33% of
people looking to buy in the next 5 years plan on getting financial
help from family or friends in order to do so.
You can be active – whatever your health
LIVERPOOL City Council's Public Health and Physical Activity and Sports
Development teams are working in partnership with Sport England and NHS
Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide activities and support
targeted at those aged between 40 to 75 years.
It is the latest phase of the Fit for Me physical activity campaign, which has
reached over 100,000 people across the city since its launch in 2016.
The campaign is aligned to the national We Are Undefeatable campaign, led by 15
of the UKs largest health and social care charities and supported by National
Lottery funding through Sport England. Fit for Me offers the opportunity to help
motivate people to improve their health and wellbeing, quality of life and
encourage positive changes to their lifestyles.
It features inspirational stories of local people with health conditions and how
becoming active in a way that works for them has helped with their mental and
The partners are working with organisations such as local charities, community,
faith and voluntary organisations plus NHS providers to help spread the message.
Liverpool's Director of Public Health, Matt Ashton, said:- "Being more active is
1 of the best things you can do for yourself, even if you're healthy. But it's
especially useful if you're living with a health condition. Activity can often
help manage symptoms and protect your health.We know that a significant number of people in the city living with a health
condition do not meet the physical activity guidelines. Many also lack confidence to become active, are unsure what activities are
suitable for their condition and feel being active is not for them. This
campaign aims to address these issues because there are lots of
simple tricks you can use to build activity into your daily
routine, and any activity can help you feel better."
Dr Maurice Smith, a GP in South Liverpool and member Liverpool CCG's Governing
Body said:- "The recent Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted risks for people
with underlying health conditions. All the evidence is that being active and
healthier gives you a better chance of recovering faster from
COVID-19 and other viral illnesses, as well as being good for
your mental wellbeing."
Sarah Ruane, Strategic Lead for Health at Sport England, said:- "We are delighted
to be able to support Liverpool City Council with this important campaign. As
well as communicating the benefits of being active for most people living with a
health condition, the learnings from the campaign will support those
commissioning and designing physical activity services. This includes coaches,
fitness instructors through to healthcare professionals and anyone who inspires
and supports people with health conditions."
Visit the Fit For Me website:-
FitForme.Info and find out what you can
Total UK cases COVID-19 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 1,715
cases and the total number now stand at 334,467, 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 1 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 41,499.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
764. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 60. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 109.
In England, there are a total of 288,989 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 53,111 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 2,878
► Halton, 741 confirmed cases.
► Knowsley, 1,085 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 1,694 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 1,287 confirmed cases
► Wirral, 2,208 confirmed cases..
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
► Blackburn with
Darwen, 1,848 confirmed cases.
► Blackpool, 1,104 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 2,397 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 1,597 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 2,392 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,147 confirmed
► Lancashire, 8,236 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 4,312 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 2,929 confirmed cases.
► Preston, 1,446 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 2,268 confirmed cases.
► Salford, 1,830 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,983 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 1,950 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 1,703 confirmed cases.
► Warrington, 1,420 confirmed cases
► Wigan, 2,329 confirmed cases..
Areas within England which are currently in Lockdown or
have Enhanced Restrictions imposed on them:-
► City of Manchester
action to control Covid19 cases through further
► Parts of Pendle
Daily reported COVID deaths are now measured across the UK
as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st
laboratory confirmed positive COVID test.
Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID-19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID-19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
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