DAILY EMERGENCY COVID-19
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landlords urged to communicate as emergency rental measures are
renters are being urged to have
an:- "honest and frank conversation" with their
landlord as new measures are announced amid the COVID-19
pandemic. The Government's newly introduced rules will ensure no
renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced
out of their home. There are also measures in place to protect
landlords too. TDS, a Government approved tenancy deposit
protection scheme, wants to ensure tenants and landlords can
work together to ensure both sides can find a mutually
Steve Harriott, Chief Executive of TDS, said:- "Under the
new guidelines tenants are still liable for their rent, however,
if they are facing financial hardship there is support out
there. It's really important during this unprecedented situation
that the lines of communication between renter and landlord are
kept open. Now is the time to be having an honest and frank
conversation about rents and financial concerns, working
together to put a rent payment scheme in place. Support has also
been announced for landlords too as the Government has asked
lenders to provide a 3 month mortgage payment holiday for those
who have a Buy to Let mortgage."
TDS has also issued a guide to help renters and landlords who
may be moving in or out of a property during the period of
social distancing. In a bid to adhere to the current social
distancing requirements, the organisation is recommending
tenants carry out their own inventory, sending it onto their
landlord after they move in, and if vacating the property,
renters are being asked to carry out a virtual walk round with
their landlord via video call, as a way to document the state of
it with the landlord. Measures to prevent eviction during the
pandemic have also been announced by the Government, which now
means landlords must give renters 3 months' notice if they
intend to seek possession of the property. However, this does
not waive the tenants' obligation to pay rent during the 3 month
period, so if not paid it will remain due and may be recovered
by the landlord. In addition, all ongoing housing possession
action has been temporarily suspended.
Steve added:- "We're committed to maintaining a positive
partnership between tenants and their landlords. The economic
upheaval created by COVID-19 has put many people and businesses
into a very uncertain position, but we urge parties to
communicate proactively to find solutions. If landlords are
willing to accommodate changes to rent payments, we highly
recommend formally documenting all the agreements in the
interests of clarity for all parties."
TDS is the only not for profit tenancy deposit scheme in the UK,
which means it continuously invests surpluses into raising
industry standards with excellent service levels, quicker call
response times, user friendly technology and faster tenancy
final semester halls accommodation fees
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
has today taken the decision to waive all 3rd semester
accommodation fees for students who have a UCLan accommodation
contract. In collaboration with the UCLan Students' Union, the
measure has been taken as part of the University's on going plan
to support students during the Coronavirus pandemic. The fee
waiver applies to students, regardless of whether they have
already moved out of halls or continue to live there and means
that the April rent instalments will not now be payable.
UCLan's Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said:-
"Throughout this national crisis we will remain consistent in
our commitment to put the interests of our students 1st. We also
understand that for many of our students it is a time of
financial concern as many have been working part time and are
now unable to do so. We hope our decision to waive accommodation
payments helps ease the financial burden at this challenging
time. While we cannot make the same decision for private 3rd
party providers, we are in discussion with them to see if they
can agree to similar measures. As a University we are keen to
support our students as much as possible and minimise any
disruption to their academic studies."
Suntosh Kaur, President of UCLan's Students' Union, added:-
"Following discussions that I've had with students and
conversations with the University, I'm thrilled UCLan is waiving
the third term rent for students. I know the money saved will
help students support themselves over the coming months. I
appreciate the hard work of the Students' Union team, Officers
and University staff over recent weeks. The Students' Union will
continue to work closely with the University to provide student
feedback that helps students during this difficult time."
The University currently has 1,600 student places in its
University owned halls accommodation with over 750 currently
occupied with UCLan students. These include international
students and some, based in the UK, who due to family reasons
cannot return home. The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
is a leading modern university with thriving campuses in:-
Preston, Burnley, Westlakes (Cumbria) and Cyprus.
Founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of
Knowledge, UCLan now has a staff and student community
approaching 38,000 and an employment focused course portfolio
containing over 350 undergraduate programmes and nearly 250
As well as being a national leader in the number of student and
graduate start up businesses it supports, UCLan is also
Lancashire's largest provider of graduate level qualifications,
supplying highly skilled graduates into the workforce. The
University also has established links with global businesses,
Police Constabularies, NHS trusts and more than 1,000 regional
enterprises across a variety of sectors.
Internationally the University now enrols students from more
than 100 countries and has partnerships with 125 institutions
from across the globe.
The University has an established research reputation with world
leading or internationally excellent work taking place within
the areas of Business, Health, Humanities and Science. UCLan is
also ranked in the top 6% of Universities worldwide, in
the 2019 to 2020 Centre for World University Rankings, as well as
holding the maximum 5 QS stars for the quality of its teaching.
With a strong focus on continually improving the student
experience, UCLan is currently undertaking a ₤200 million
project to redevelop its Preston Campus. The vision is to create
an attractive and inviting, world class environment helping to
create jobs, kick start regeneration and attract inward
investment into the City and North West Region.
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) website:-
firm urgently recruiting to tackle Covid-19
CAREMARK (Sefton), a local home care
company based in Southport, is urgently recruiting for front
line care workers to support elderly and vulnerable clients
during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Covid-19 is heightening demand for home care services to
unprecedented levels, while care and support workers find
themselves having to self solate, either because they are
displaying symptoms themselves or have come into contact with
somebody who has, or might have, the virus.
"The epidemic is exacerbating existing staff shortages, whilst
creating bigger demands for our services. We urgently need to
recruit care and support workers in order to bridge this gap and
make sure residents of Sefton who need high quality home care
receive it." said Ruth Pye, Registered Manager at
Caremark (Sefton) is working with the United Kingdom Homecare
Association (UKHCA), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the
government to temporarily amend certain regulations to make it
faster to recruit staff.
Ruth Pye continued:- "If you've been laid off or forced to
cease trading and want to help others perhaps you could join our
amazing team. Care and support workers are the lifeblood of this
local community, especially when the country is in the midst of
a national emergency. We urgently need compassionate people, so
get in touch."
Caremark (Sefton) is part of an award-winning network of over
120 home care businesses. It offers competitive rates of pay,
flexible hours, full training and ongoing mentoring support, so
no prior experience is required. Post Coronavirus, there will be
opportunities to obtain further qualifications and to be
promoted through the business.
Successful candidates will provide personalised care and
practical assistance to clients, such as helping them dress and
bathe, preparing meals and assisting with household chores.
For more information please call:- 01704 563333, send them an
Alternatively, to find out more those interested can visit the
groups website at:-
Society launches ₤100,000 charity support fund
Building Society Charitable
Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Response Fund to support
smaller charities during the Covid-19 outbreak. The ₤100,000
fund will make donations of ₤250 to ₤2,000 to charities that are
helping UK communities to cope with the impact of the
Coronavirus pandemic. Charities can apply for support with
running costs, staff and travel costs as well as volunteer
Gordon Rogers, Chair of Trustees for Yorkshire Building Society
Charitable Foundation, said:- "The impact that Coronavirus
is having across the country including the charity sector is
unparalleled. With the launch of our fund we are aiming to help
charities that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people
and people suffering from poverty. We will be prioritising
smaller charities that have an income of ₤100,000 or less and
ones that for example may be helping vulnerable people who are
self-isolating, supplying items for foodbanks, or alleviating
the impact of children no longer receiving free school meals due
to school closures."
Charities can apply for a donation from the Coronavirus Response
Fund and see the full eligibility criteria at:-
Charities will receive a decision on their application within 2
weeks of submitting a request.
We are here with you through Covid-19 - Maggie's supporting
people with cancer
Merseyside is supporting
people living with cancer through the Covid-19 emergency by:-
phone, email or through their online community. They are
currently not seeing people in person, but the charity is
continuing to provide free practical and emotional support to
people living with cancer, as well as family and friends, at
what is an incredibly difficult time.
People like, Shelley who is now regularly speaking to a Maggie's
cancer support specialist by phone. "I was feeling a
little sad after attending my appointment at Clatterbridge
Cancer Centre and not being able to pop in for a cuppa and my
usual pick me up. When I got the call from Maggie's, it really
made my day. Knowing they are just a phone call or message away
is making this situation easier. I cannot thank them enough for
bearing me and everyone else in mind, I really don't know how
I'd cope without them. I'm looking forward to joining their
online groups and keeping them connections with the friends I've
made at Maggie's."
Shelley Wright has been visiting Maggie's since she was
diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2018. After first visiting
Maggie's feeling vulnerable and in need of vital support,
Shelley attended numerous sessions and support groups to help
with the impact of her cancer, such as relaxation and
mindfulness. She found that having a safe place to visit during
her treatment gave her hope.
Shelley has been an avid supporter of the centre ever since; she
even took her Maggie's t-shirt on her holiday to Spain to get
involved with the Maggie's Go Outrageously Orange initiative.
Shelley's next endeavour was a 70's and 80's charity night and
through ticket sales, raffles and a lot of air guitar she raised
an amazing ₤1,350.
Shelley says:- "I'll do all I can to show my gratitude for
the incredible support Maggie's have shown me. Being at home
won't stop me fundraising, I'm planning fun ways to do this
online with quizzes and games with my friends and family. I hope
people join me to help this much needed charity in these
Maggie's Merseyside Centre Head Kathy wright said:- "We
understand how the current situation increases stress and
anxiety levels for people undergoing treatment, as well as
family and friends, but we are here with them offering practical
and emotional support to help them cope with the uncertain times
ahead. We have been supporting people with cancer for 25 years
and our professional staff are here with you now."
The Centre was built within the grounds of Clatterbridge Health
Park. Since Maggie's opened their 1st Centre in 1996, the
charity has developed a programme of support that is proven to
help people with cancer and their loved ones take back control.
Maggie's Merseyside relies almost entirely on voluntary
donations to be able to offer this high quality, professional
support. You can donate via:-
To find out more about Maggie's Merseyside please get in touch
on:- 01513344301 or send them an email to:-
City Region Combined Authority Metro Mayor has issued important
advice for key workers using public transport
IN order to maintain patient and staff
safety, Litherland Walk-in Centre will move to a telephone
triage and appointment system, with effect from 1 April 2020.
Open access will still be available to all, however to reduce
the number of face to face consultations, patients will now be
triaged over the phone based on clinical need.
Appropriate advice will be given on the call and where
necessary, an appointment will be allocated at the Walk In
Centre. This telephone triage approach will be consistent with
the model being used by other Walk In Centres across Sefton and
The number patients are now advised to call before accessing
Litherland Walk In Centre is:- 0300 100 1004 where they will
also be screened for potential symptoms of Coronavirus
Those who only have Covid-19 symptoms will be directed to NHS
111. If you have Covid-19 symptoms and still require walk-in
centre treatment for another problem (e.g. for minor injury) you
will still be triaged and seen.
Dr Rachel Williams, Associate Medical Director for Sefton,
said:- "The steps we're taking will help us maintain
patient safety by supporting social distancing during the
Coronavirus outbreak. The telephone triage system will ensure
that we can provide safe and effective care for all."
John Heritage, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief
Executive at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation
Trust, said:- "We aren't prepared to compromise patient
safety and want to ensure clinical quality, which is why we have
introduced this new system at Litherland Walk-in Centre. If
anyone thinks they might have Coronavirus symptoms, please
follow the government's advice by staying at home and contacting
NHS 111 online."
For further information on our walk-in centres in Knowsley and
Sefton, please visit:-
announces extra evening services for key workers
ON 31 March 2020, Merseyrail announced a
reduced timetable, starting on Thursday, 2 April 2020, as a
result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with services operating betweenL- 07:00 and 19:00, Monday to Saturday (Sunday services
differ). This was based on staff availability to provide a
reliable service to key workers and those making essential
journeys. Following feedback from those still travelling on the
network, Merseyrail's planning team has worked hard and staff
have agreed to longer hours to make small adjustments to the
reduced timetable using the resources available. Merseyrail is
now able to provide an additional limited service on some lines
between:- 19:00 and 22:00, Monday to Saturday, to better
accommodate those travelling to or from work. The
additional evening services are as follows:-
Additional services leaving Kirkby, at:- 19:13, 20:13, 21: 13
Additional services leaving Liverpool Central, at:-19:35, 20:35
Southport line (Southport to Liverpool
Additional services leaving Southport at:-
18:43, 19:43 and 20:43.
Additional services leaving Liverpool Central at:-19:53, 20:38
Additional services leaving Chester, at:- 20:15 and 22:00.
Additional services leaving Moorfields and terminating, at:-
Rock Ferry, at 22:41.
Additional services leaving Moorfields and terminating, at:-
Chester, at 19:11 and 20:56.
West Kirby line...
Additional services leaving West Kirby, at:- 20:01 and 21:31.
Additional services leaving Moorfields, at:- 19:15, 20:31 and
22:01 (22:01 terminates at Bidston)
As the situation is changing so rapidly, it is likely that this
timetable may change again in the future. All passengers are
advised to check Merseyrail's website and Twitter account @merseyrail
before travel for the most up to date information. Passengers
who still require alternative forms of transport due to the
reduced timetable are encouraged to visit:-
many bus services are continuing to run into the evening..
join Liverpool's Coronavirus Volunteer Army
incredible outpouring of community
spirit has resulted in more than 3,000 people volunteering to
become part of Liverpool's'community army' to help tackle the
Coronavirus challenge. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson set up
the hotline just 13 days ago, on 20 March 2020, and it was
immediately inundated with pledges of help. The overwhelming
response means the volunteer hotline has been temporarily
suspended. All those who have registered will now be contacted
by email for further details; for example to establish what
skill sets they have.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "The kindness and
generosity of the people of Liverpool never ceases to amaze me.
Coronavirus is posing an unprecedented challenge to us all, but
we now have 3,000 people on our books who can work in
partnership with the city council and help us emerge on the
other side, stronger and more unified than ever. God willing, we
won't have to use 3,000 people but we need to be prepared. There
is a huge amount of work going on across the city already;
including those dealing with the food banks and a whole host of
local organisations who are rallying around to do everything
they can for their communities. This is a whole City effort; not
just the Council; and as this crisis unfolds the friendships and
community spirit we have seen will help us through. Thank you to
all these volunteers who will, without a doubt, make a real,
positive difference to the lives of others."
Liverpool City Council will continue to work in partnership with
charitable organisations across the City; including:- LCVS and
The Trussell Trust; in order to assign people to a variety of
much needed roles. These roles will vary from delivering
essential food supplies to making phone calls to lonely
residents. Another support hotline was established at the same
time for anyone to call who feels they need help with a range of
basic tasks because they don't have a network of family and
friends. This is still operational. The number is:- 0151 233
3066 and will be open, from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
Alternatively, people can request help online via an online
pledges to support additional dying patients across Merseyside
to help relieve pressure on NHS during Coronavirus crisis
terminal illness charity is geared
up to care for additional patients at the end of life across
Merseyside to relieve pressure on the NHS during the Coronavirus
pandemic. Marie Curie needs to raise ₤2.5million a week to
continue to run its essential frontline services, however its
ability to generate this money has been seriously compromised.
Given the choice, people overwhelmingly say they would prefer to
die in their own home, or in a hospice, rather than a hospital.
People who are dying can leave hospital quickly, if the right
package of care is in place and it is safe to do so. Marie Curie
are experts in providing that care. Now more than ever, dying
people who do not want to be in hospital need to be moved to a
more appropriate setting, as precious beds in critical care
units are urgently required for patients who need lifesaving
treatment for Coronavirus. Marie Curie can help, but only if it
continues to raise the donations it needs to fund its vital
Marie Curie's Chief Executive Matthew Reed
has released a stark warning that the charity desperately needs
more donations from people across Merseyside if it is to
continue caring for dying people and help the NHS cope with the
Coronavirus crisis. Matthew said:- "At this time of
national emergency, Marie Curie Nurses and frontline staff are
needed more than ever as the NHS is put under ever greater
strain. We're ready and geared up to help, with hospice beds and
nurses on standby. Sadly, some people's lives will be shortened
by Coronavirus, so the need for end of life care will be
greater. Marie Curie can meet this need, and in doing so will
help free up intensive care beds needed for Coronavirus
patients. But just as we want to help, our income has been
decimated. We need donations urgently to keep our Nurses and
Hospice staff on the frontline. Unlike other healthcare
providers, Marie Curie is reliant on donations from the public
to survive. Every week the charity needs to raise ₤2.5million to
care for the tens of thousands of people who require nursing and
hospice care. Now, our ability to fundraise is seriously
compromised. Events are being cancelled, and we've had to close
our Shops. That is why we have launched an emergency appeal to
make up the shortfall and ensure the charity can care for more
dying patients, support the NHS and ultimately save lives in the
weeks and months ahead. We are all in this crisis together and
already we are seeing how the public in this country is rising
to support each other and the most vulnerable. Please donate
• Donate today, online at:-
• Text:- 'NURSE' to:- 70633 to help them reach the
families who need them. Texts cost ₤5 plus 1 standard rate
message. 98% is received by Marie Curie. To unsub text:-
'OUT' to:- 78866. Thank you.
If you, or someone you know, is affected by a terminal illness
and concerned about Coronavirus, their Support Line team are
ready to help with the information you need when you need it.
Call free:- 0800 090 2309. You can also find more information on
Total UK cases
COVID-19 Cases Update for Liverpool City Region and
FATALITIES in the UK continue to
rise, by 563 to 2,352. The number of COVID-19 infections has
risen by 4,324 in just a day, to 29,474, the Department of
Health said. In England, there are a total of 24,638
confirmed cases. North West has a total of 2,413 confirmed
cases. Current confirmed cases within the following local
authorities are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 262 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 86 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 83 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 72 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 32 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 368 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 65 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 76 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 155 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 107 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 104 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 67 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 51 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 94 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 75 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 77 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 114 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 25 confirmed cases.
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
* A new process for collecting numbers of recovered patients
is in development: More information to follow.
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