Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-02

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This page last updated on 2 May 2020

New ₤617m Government scheme plugs ₤10k business rates cash grant loophole

THE Business Rates loophole which meant small businesses in shared office space missed a critical ₤10,000 cash grant has been plugged with a new ₤617 million funding scheme announced on 2 May 2020. A petition to the Government asking for help reached 22,500 signatures; showing the level of frustration from small businesses across the UK.

"It's great news; small businesses who were reaching the end of their cash reserves will be able to save their businesses using this cash grant. They'd missed out because they paid their business rates to their serviced office provider, not direct to the Local Authority; it looks like this has been put right; we are over the moon; the campaigning worked!"
explains Office Expert, Jonathan Ratcliffe, from Offices.Co.UK

The Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills (BEIS) has confirmed a new ₤617m scheme to support businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders and small charity properties. Alok Sharma (Business Secretary) and the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Simon Clarke, spoke to Local Authorities, in England, about the ₤617m fund.

Ben Bradley MP let it slip on a Facebook post, and although the cash grant will be at the discretion of the Local Authority, it's still fantastic news for thousands of the UK's smallest businesses who will benefit from the cash grants available.

The exact terms of the grant will be confirmed over the next few days, however the following criteria must be met by those claiming it. Businesses must be small under 50 employees and must also be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures.

"We expect more details on Monday, but from what we gather it plugs the loophole which meant if you didn't have an account with your Local Authority Business Rates Department, you got nothing; it was very unfair and very stressful for all involved."
explains Ratcliffe.

The official statement from BEIS read:- "This is an additional 5% uplift to the ₤12.33bn funding previously announced for the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund, so up to ₤617m. We will confirm the exact amount for each Local Authority next week"

Jonathan Ratcliffe from Offices.Co.UK concluded that:- "We got behind this campaign from Day 1 because our clients were being punished through no fault of their own; we would like to thank the Government for listening and supporting the UK's start up community and saving thousands of entrepreneurs who drive grass root businesses throughout the UK."

Fake news videos about a "killer vaccine" doing the rounds

A video has been flagged to us on YouTube, that was posted on 20 April 2020, by an account that has 1.43K subscribers, entitled:- "They are getting the vaccine and literally dropping dead!" Like so many videos of this type, this video claims that the poster, who you can only hear, has:- "1st hand knowledge" that has been given to them by an unnamed contact, in this case within Warwick Hospital, about a "vaccine" that is killing people who go into that Hospital. The anonymous poster also claims that people who say they feel sick will be taken to Hospital and will be given the injection that is killing people. In a West Midlands accent, he says Police are also at the Hospital to help keep this hushed up. Not only that, but the comment under the video says:- "Gross malpractice at Coventry University Hospital (England) during the era of Covid-19."  We don't want to undermine people who are genuinely voicing warnings, but videos and posts like this are very problematic and undermine trust in the likes of the NHS. They can also stop people believing genuine whistleblowers form alerting people, like Dr Li Wenliang.  In the UK, we have already seen what happens when these videos take a hold, like what has happened recently with the videos that associated the 5G phone masts with COVID-19. Please report these videos and posts to social media platforms and also please do alert regulated news outlets, like ourselves, so we can investigate and if necessary alert the authorities to potential issues and our readers. Sadly these types of accounts are becoming more and more then 'norm' online and often result in the modern equivalent of Chinese Whispers, on social media, where people use them as click bate.

New travel advice update for British Travellers issued

THE UK Foreign Office have updated advice for British travellers in New Zealand, Jamaica, Guyana and Ghana. Please use the links below for more information.

Foreign travel advice - Ghana.

Foreign travel advice - Guyana.

Foreign travel advice - Jamaica.

Foreign travel advice - New Zealand.

Sefton Borough of Culture 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule launched

TO mark the historic times we are all living through to ensure everyone's safety, Sefton Council's Borough of Culture 2020 team is creating COVID-19 Time Capsule. The Team wants to capture young people's views on social isolation and living in lockdown. They want to know how young people feel, what they've done to stay connected with their friends and family. The pack also asks how they have celebrated some special occasions and what they are looking forward to doing when Coronavirus is over. To help record the memories, the Team has created a COVID-19 Time Capsule kit. Young people can use the kit to record artwork they've created and photographs including the people they are with and the people they are missing. They can also include special memories, a diary of the time and newspapers or clippings. Copies of kits submitted to the Borough of Culture 2020 team will be judged and the best will 1 of 2, ₤50 Smyths Toys vouchers and their diaries be included in the Time Capsule itself.

Download the COVID-19 Time Capsule kit.

Anyone who doesn't have a printer, you can email:- BOC2020@Sefton.Gov.UK and we will send 1 out, in the post. All entries must be returned to BOC2020, Bootle Town Hall, Trinity Road, Bootle Liverpool, L20 7AE no later than Tuesday, 30 June 2020. 1 entry per person and will not be able to return any diaries that are not chosen as a winners of this competition so people are advised to keep copies.

Cllr Trish Hardy Sefton Council's main Borough of Culture sponsor said:- "These really are unprecedented times and creating a COVID-19 Time Capsule to mark it is a great idea. These kits are an ideal way of helping our young people record their experiences to share with their families and their own children 1 day and for one lucky winner, a chance to have their experiences included in the Time Capsule itself."

Also going into the Time Capsule, will be number of objects to mark the Borough of Culture celebrations. These include an origami squirrels with instructions how to make it, examples of diaries that the young people at SING have been working on and memory boxes the older people have been doing. Items from the Playing Out project that families have been making and photographs from the competition that the Birkdale HUB will be running will also be included.

A decision has not yet been reached on where in Sefton Borough the COVID-19 Time Capsule will be placed but once all the items have been chosen, the Borough of Culture 2020 team will be asking for suggestions from local people.

Earlier this month Sefton Council's Borough of Culture 2020 team announced that it had worked with local arts, culture and community groups with successful grant applications to adapt their projects for digital delivery to enable people to enjoy and take part in the activities online or by post. Find out more.

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

ON 2 May 2020, 621 new fatalities have been reported of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, by a Public Health or NHS Laboratory taking the national the total of recorded UK  Laboratory COVID-19 associated fatalities to 28,131. The number of  Laboratory confirmed UK COVID-19 infections have also risen by 4,806 to 182,260, according to the Department of Health. Within England, a total of 122,842 confirmed cases have also been reported. In the North West we have had a total of 19,435 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, 1,428 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 810 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,018 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 655 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 325 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 2,824 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 829 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 888 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,118 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 851 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 603 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 694 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 782 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 476 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 502 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 465 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 658 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 321 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 02/05/2020. 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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