Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-01

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Roberts bakery is supporting FareShare Merseyside's rescue mission with bread donation

THE bakeries in Cheshire and Derbyshire, owned by Roberts bakery have teamed up with FareShare Merseyside to help ensure that those most vulnerable are not put at increased risk during the Coronavirus outbreak.  Recently the UK's largest charity fighting hunger and food waste appealed to the food industry to step up and divert more surplus and donated food to charity. As the Coronavirus situation develops rapidly, demand for its services has increased. In response, Roberts bakery made its first weekly delivery of donated loaves to FareShare Merseyside's Speke depot, which will then be redistributed to some of the 219 charities and community groups that work with vulnerable people across the North West Region of England.

Stuart Spencer Calnan, Roberts bakery's Managing Director, said:- "Times are tough for everyone, and especially so for the most vulnerable in our communities who rely on FareShare Merseyside to feed them and their families. We simply had to get involved by supporting them in the tremendously important work that they undertake. In terms of scale, even before the outbreak of Covid-19, FareShare Merseyside provided thousands of meals a week through its charity partners; reaching:- breakfast clubs, women's refuges, homeless hostels and luncheon clubs for older people. We're delighted that we're able to do our bit by donating such a daily staple as bread. We hope to see many more manufacturers and retailers to support the charity's appeal."

Alyson Walsh, FareShare Commercial Director, said:- "We're incredibly grateful for Roberts bakery's generous donation of bread during this crisis, which will be sent to organisations getting food onto the plates of vulnerable people, as well as onto the doorsteps of people with serious health conditions and families facing financial hardship."

For further information visit:- RobertsBakery.Co.UK.

It is worth adding that the 133 year old firm is still run by the Roberts family, now in 4th generation, and employs 800 people, serves all major supermarkets and local convenience stores across the UK. It's the bakery is also behind Crunchy Cricket Loaves and was the 1st bakery brand in the UK to reduce plastic in its bread bags by 53%. The favourite white and wholemeal sliced bread lines now join the Roberts' artisan Bloomers and Digestion Boost Bloomers gut health range in the same paper bag, taking potential volume to eight million loaves or 20% of the bakery's annual production..

Liverpool City Council urges caution when Recycling Centres re-open

ENVIRONMENTAL chiefs in Liverpool are urging the public to only use the City's 2 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) if absolutely necessary when they re-open on Monday, 4 May 2020, amid fears there could be long delays and heavy traffic. The message is; only use the Recycling Centres if it is essential that you dispose of waste and if you do come, expect long traffic delays. The HWRC's in Old Swan and Otterspool will start providing a limited service from Monday, 4 May 2020, after being closed as part of the Coronavirus lockdown.

The move has been prompted by increased levels of household waste that have been generated during the COVID-19 outbreak and also to combat a rise in fly tipping across the City.

The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MWRA) operates 14 sites across Merseyside and most will re-open on Monday. The centres, will open between 8am and 8pm, each day, but there will be restrictions on the amount of people who can attend. The Authority and Liverpool City Council say that residents can still do a lot at home, to reduce and recycle their waste during the lockdown.

Carl Beer, who is the Chief Executive of the MRWA said:- "We are re-opening the centres but the service will be restricted to just a couple of cars on site at any 1 time. This could potentially lead to very long traffic delays. The message from us is only come if it is essential to get rid of your waste and if you do come, expect very long queues of traffic.  But please remember 'essential waste' means items that could potentially cause harm to health if stored at home."

Usage Rules:-

You can only take essential waste only!

The sites will be open for cars only and only 1 person will be allowed in each vehicle.

Social distancing of 2 metres will be strictly enforced at the sites and workers will be unable to help visitors with heavy or bulky items.

Blue Badge holders who visit the sites will be allowed to bring someone to help them.

The MRWA says that households that have experienced Coronavirus symptoms should leave their waste for 72 hours before disposing of it and personal waste should be double bagged.

Liverpool City Council will be imposing traffic regulations on the 2 sites to avoid predicted waiting times of up to 4 hours waiting time.  At Old Swan these will include a Southbound 1 way for all traffic, on Green Lane, between Brelade Road and Prescot Road.  Whilst at Otterspool, a North West bound 1 way will be in place, on Riverside Drive, between the Jericho Lane roundabout and Bempton Road roundabout.

The Authorities say that the opening of the sites will be reviewed if an expected surge of visitors creates challenges for the road network and the local communities surrounding the sites.

Liverpool City Council Cabinet member for Highways and Regeneration, Cllr Sharon Connor said:- "We understand that residents of the city may be struggling to manage their waste at the moment due to the pressure on our services. With staff shortages due to people self isolating we have been unable to maintain some elements of our service. The vast majority of people have been really understanding and co-operative and we thank everyone in our City for bearing with us through this difficult time. It is good news that the Recycling Centres have are re-opening but we would ask everyone to continue to continue to work with us and only use these centres if absolutely necessary."

To keep updated on the traffic regulations and roadworks across the City, visit:- Liverpool.Gov.UK/Roadworks.

Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability and MRWA member, Cllr Laura Robertson Collins said:- "It is great news that we have the Recycling Centres open again. The Centres are a really important part of our waste disposal strategy in the city and their recycling rates are very high. However, this is not a return to normality and we must urge residents to only visit the sites if absolutely necessary. People with garden waste can look at home composting rather than bringing it to 1 of the Centres and we would also urge people to recycle as much as they can through the blue bins and re-use as much as they can. We have to be really careful in protecting both our staff working at the sites and also members of the public visiting them so we would urge everyone to be cautious and again, only come if there is no other option."

For more information about the Household Waste Recycling Centres, you can visit the MRWA's website:- MerseysideWDA.Gov.UK. For information about bin collections and recycling in Liverpool, visit:- Liverpool.Gov.UK/Bins-and-Recycling.

Sefton Council urges businesses to apply for Business Grants

SEFTON Council is urging businesses in the Borough to ensure they are applying for the Business Grants that are currently available for small businesses and those in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector. These are available from Sefton Council to provide financial assistance to businesses, impacted by the disruption and difficulties caused by Covid-19. The grants are simple to apply for and businesses will not have to repay them. The 2 grants are available for businesses that were rate payers in Sefton, before 11 March 2020:-

Small Business Grants are for businesses who are based in a premises with a rateable value up to ₤15,000 and are in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief. The grant these businesses are entitled to is ₤10,000.

Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants operate at 2 levels. Businesses based in a premises with a rateable value of up to, and including, ₤15,000 and are eligible for the Expanded Retail Discount are entitled to a grant of ₤10,000. Businesses based in a premises with a rateable value of over ₤15,000, but less than ₤51,000 and are eligible for the Expanded Retail Discount are entitled to a grant of ₤25,000.

Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council's Labour Leader, says:- "We urge all business that fall into these categories to follow the simple processes that are in place so that they can receive these grants as quickly as possible. To date we are pleased to say that ₤28million has been distributed to businesses across Sefton, but we know there are more that have not yet applied and we would encourage them to do so without delay. These grants are designed to give small businesses some much needed financial support at this very challenging time and we want to ensure that all businesses that are eligible receive them."

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, says:- "The system that has been put in place to give small businesses in Sefton this financial support has been made as straightforward as possible so that the Council can distribute grants to businesses as a key priority and within a short space of time. The application process itself doesn't take long, so if any business is not sure whether they are eligible or not, we'd urge them to check."

How to apply...

To apply for one of these grants from Sefton Council you will need your Business Rates Account Number and Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN), which can be found on the bills sent out in March 2020. If you do not have your bill you need to email:- Business.Rates@Sefton.Gov.UK and ask for your bill to be re-issued.

Along with your UPRN you will simply need to enter your business bank account, VAT Registration Number (if VAT registered) and Companies Number (if a Limited Company) onto the online portal, which can be accessed via:- Sefton.Gov.UK.

If you have been in occupation of your current premises since before 11 March 2020, but did not let Sefton Business Rates know this you will not be on the rates system and will be required to provide evidence that you are the occupier.

Ongoing business support and advice for all businesses across Sefton is available via InvestSefton, which leads on the Council's business support. It has dedicated information available on all of the latest Covid-19 updates and support available to businesses in Sefton. To access this information visit:- InvestSefton.com.

Funded Nursing Care (FNC) Review for 2019/20 Rate

CARE England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed the Department of Health and Social Care's uplift in the NHS Funded Care rate for 2019/20 following a review.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "This has been a long time coming, but we must be grateful to the DHSC for launching a review of the 2019/20 FNC rate as a result of Care England representations. The outcome of the review moves us close to the rate Care England campaigned for and we put, as part of the review process, very detailed arguments and evidence to support it. The 2019/20 FNC did not reflect Nurse costs in Nursing Homes and this was the reason behind the decision of Care England to push for a review. In addition, Corona virus has put a significant strain on Care Homes as they are responsible for the provision of care to some of the most vulnerable members of our society again demonstrating the absolute need for properly funded Nursing Care."

The DHSC lengthy review concluded that for the financial year 2019 to 2020 the NHS funded nursing care standard weekly rate per person for 2019 to 2020 will increase and be backdated to 1 April 2019. The current rate of:- ₤165.56 will increase by 9% to:- ₤180.31 for the 2019 to 2020 financial year. During the review, and with close assistance from David Collins Solicitors, Care England submitted detailed representations and evidence supporting why the original decision should be significantly increased to over ₤180 per resident per week.

The higher rate of NHS funded nursing care will also increase by 9% from the current rate of:- ₤227.77 to ₤248.06 per week for 2019 to 2020, this is only relevant for people who were already on the higher rate.

The effect of the DHSC's delays are of even greater impact now than they were prior to the onset of the present pandemic.

Martin Green continues:- "Managing the continued safe provision of nursing care to all residents at this time is particularly challenging given the staff shortages that are resulting from self isolation / illness and the high demand within the NHS for additional Nurses. Obtaining and retaining nursing capacity within the Care Home sector during ordinary times is tough, but the position now is even more difficult and financially challenging."

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

ON May Day, of people who have had a COVID-19 positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS Laboratory have rise by 739, with the total of recorded UK  Laboratory COVID-19 associated fatalities now standing at 27,510. The number of  Laboratory confirmed UK COVID-19 infections have risen by 6,201 to 177,454, according to the Department of Health. Within England, there have been a total of 120,614 confirmed cases. In the North West we have had a total of 18,943 confirmed cases. Current Hospital Laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region now stands at the following:-

► Liverpool, 1,403 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 800 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,002 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 645 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 317 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 2,773 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 800 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 869 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,092 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 816 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 592 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 670 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 763 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 456 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 483 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 453 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 622 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 309 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 01/05/2020. Last updated 5.29pm GMT. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).

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