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This page is updated on 2 April 2020
Action – Help from Businesses
The Walton Centre NHS
Foundation Centre Trust is in urgent need of protective
equipment for healthcare workers such as:- Masks, Gowns and
Scrubs. If you are able to provide any of these items please can
you email The Walton Centre:-
to UK Government Bus Funding announcement
to the announcement by the
Transport Secretary that bus services in England will receive a
funding boost of nearly ₤400 million, Cllr David Renard, the
Local Government Association's transport spokesman, said:-
"Many key workers rely on local buses to get to and from work,
whether that is nurses needing to get to Hospital or social care
staff to look after the most vulnerable. We are pleased the
Government has acted on our call and announced emergency funding
to help make sure vital bus services can continue to transport
key workers to the frontline during the Coronavirus crisis. Bus
operators must work with local authorities to ensure that this
public subsidy is targeted at the people and places that depend
on it the most. Councils now want to also work with Government
to provide financial support to those places which depend on
other publicly run mass transit systems, such as ferries, trams,
light railway networks. These also provide key workers with
access to their workplaces, and are faced with unprecedented
hits on their revenues, impacting on their future viability and
ability to help people and business recover when this pandemic
Councils' Network issue warning of a "wave of waste" to come
over spiralling household
waste during the Coronavirus outbreak have prompted Councils to
issue a plea to residents to minimise the rubbish they throw
away, and to avoid burning this on bonfires. The District
Councils' Network has concerns that a "wave of waste"
will emerge from households in the coming weeks, as families
generate more waste and recycling while rightly staying safe at
home and in some cases, as a result of having stocked up with
food and other goods they need. It wants residents to work with
their local Council to best manage bin collections. This
coincides with some Councils having to reduce certain waste
services, such as garden waste collections, as a result of many
waste collection staff needing to self-isolate or to recover
from illness. In some cases, Councils have also closed recycling
centres as part of social distancing measures to discourage
DCN, which represents 191 district Councils in England that are
responsible for collecting waste, is calling on residents to
work with their local Council to manage "a perfect storm"
of growing levels of rubbish coinciding with challenges
for Councils in collecting it. It says that while many will be
using the current period as an opportunity to spring clean their
home or do some gardening, residents are asked to be mindful of
how and where they dispose of their waste. Around the country
waste collectors have been inundated with positive messages of
support from communities as they go about collecting household
District Councils are now advising households to consider how
they can store waste or arrange for it to be safely collected
during the current restrictions, and is issuing the following
guidance to residents:-
► Contact your Council to see if they
are still operating paid for bulky waste collection.
► Private companies offer this as well, but people need to check
any company they use is properly registered for handling waste
by the Environment Agency.
► Try and compost any garden waste at home.
► Cut down cardboard boxes so they can be put into the
appropriate recycling bin – this makes life much easier for
waste collection staff.
► Store any excess waste from DIY projects, spring cleans or
garden waste at home until it can be disposed of safely and
DCN is also urging residents against burning rubbish on
bonfires, especially hazardous waste, following a spate of
incidents across the country that contribute to air pollution
and disturbance for neighbours who may be self isolating.
Cllr Dan Humphreys, DCN Lead Member for
Enhancing Quality of Life, said:- "These are challenging
times for everyone in the country right now, and all of our
public services are being overstretched as a result of the
Coronavirus crisis. While most of the nation is quite rightly in
isolation, and able to work from home, our refuse collectors
continue to go out to empty people's bins and dispose of their
waste. Alongside many other frontline services, the efforts of
our waste collection staff should be applauded, as they are
playing a key role in helping to keep the country running during
this difficult period. Make no mistake, Councils and their
contractors have plans in place to try and ensure that
everyone's bins are collected. But we would ask the public to
play their part, too. Where possible we would ask residents to
think twice about how much waste is put out; such a small step
could make a huge difference. With millions safely staying at
home, many producing more waste than normal, and a risk that our
waste collection workforce suffers staff shortages, we have to
be careful and prepared to manage a potential wave of waste.
Councils are doing all they can, and we want to thank the public
for helping us during this tricky period."
Coronavirus lockdown creates
the "perfect storm" allowing abusers to groom children
CORONAVIRUS has created a 3 fold "perfect storm"
for abusers to groom children online by taking advantage of the crisis, the
NSPCC is warning.
The charity said while tech firms have had to scale back on moderators who
combat sexual abuse, offenders are seeing an unprecedented opportunity to target
children who are spending more time on the internet at home, and may be feeling
increasingly lonely or anxious because of the lockdown.
Europol said they were seeing:- "increased online activity by those
seeking child abuse material." Current conditions will see children
passing more time at home than ever before, with understandably much of their
day being spent online.
Much of this activity will be helping to educate them, stay
in touch with their friends and provide entertainment, but it could also lead to
an increased risk of sexual abuse and exposure to harmful content. And with
social media companies forced to send their outsourced moderators home, meaning
they are relying primarily on artificial intelligence (AI) for child
safeguarding purposes, the NSPCC is concerned that conditions are "rife"
to be exploited by abusers.
The charity is worried that while AI is normally used to
identify and triage harmful content, grooming and abuse, there may be less human
moderators available to ensure swift action is taken on child abuse and
Andy Burrows, Head of Child Safety Online Policy at the NSPCC, said:- "The
impact of the Coronavirus lockdown has increased online risks and brewed a
perfect storm for offenders to abuse children. The public health emergency is
creating major challenges across society, and like all of us tech firms must
adapt. It's vital they set out how they are prioritising protecting children by
identifying and disrupting offenders with fewer moderation resources available.
Social media and gaming sites are proving to be a lifeline for parents and their
children as they adapt to being at home, but we must also recognise there are
heightened risks. It is more important than ever for parents to have regular
conversations with their children about what they're doing online and to
reassure them they can come to you with any worries."
The NSPCC want tech firms to share with Government the volumes of referrals they
make during this period to the National Centre for Missing and Exploited
Children (NCMEC), in order track and identify child abuse risks.
It's also imperative they share intelligence with each other about emerging and
evolving risks, and how they are combating abuse and protecting children in the
FSB tells UK
banks to get emergency Coronavirus loans to small businesses
RESPONDING to the Coronavirus update
from Business Secretary Alok Sharma, on 1 April 2020, who
promised the Chancellor would come forward with additional
measures to help small firms trying to access support through
the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS),
Michael Sandys, FSB Merseyside and Cheshire's Area Leader for
Liverpool City Region, said:- "A lot of members
approaching banks about emergency loans are met with 1 of 2
issues. Either lenders are trying to push them towards standard,
expensive products; demanding personal guarantees; or the banks
are simply not responsive. They say they'll call back and the
call back never comes. Many small employers had to pay staff
last week. The job retention scheme is a great 1, and 1 we
fought hard to secure, but firms can't claim through it until
later this month. If the advice for those with no revenue coming
in is speak to your bank about cash flow, then we need to see
the Treasury working with lenders to ensure they're pulling out
all the stops to make emergency loans available. The initial
feedback we've had from the frontline about the interruption
loan scheme has not been positive. We can't have a situation
where banks are approached by successful small firms and lenders
offer up business as usual products. This is not business as
usual. Millions of fantastic small firms are facing collapse.
They were promised interest free, fee free, Government backed
support from banks. Many of them are in urgent need of it today,
and it's not being made available. We look forward to the
In addition to working with UK Government, Local Authorities and
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), and coordinating the local
business lobby via the Liverpool City Region Business Group, FSB
is providing business owners with support through a dedicated
Coronavirus Hub that can be accessed on the FSB
Total UK cases
COVID-19 Cases Update for Liverpool City Region and
THE number of fatalities in the UK now stands at 2,921,
rising by 569. These fatalities include the death of 78 year
old Little And Large comedian, Eddie Large, who died after
contracting the virus. The number of UK COVID-19 infections
has risen by 4,244, in just a day, to 33,718, according to
the Department of Health. In England, there are a total of
28,221 confirmed cases. North West - a total of 3,066
confirmed cases. Current confirmed cases within the
following local authorities are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 309 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 119 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 111 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 112 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 41 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 463 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 97 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 102 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 195 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 140 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 126 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 91 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 69 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 105 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 87 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 94 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 125 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 37 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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