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This page is updated on 3 April 2020
million to keep England's buses running
buses will continue to serve
those who rely on them thanks to a funding boost totalling ₤397m
for vital bus operators, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has
announced on 3 April 2020.
The package, agreed jointly with the bus industry, will keep key
routes running to provide a lifeline for those who cannot work
from home, including those travelling to jobs on the frontline
of the UK's fight against Covid-19, such as NHS staff.
New funding of up to ₤167 million will be paid over 12 weeks
under the new Covid-19 Bus Services Support Grant. As a
condition of the funding, bus operators will be required to
maintain necessary services at a level which is sufficient to
meet much reduced demand, but also to allow adequate space
between passengers on board. This is expected to be up to 50 %
of normal service levels.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:- "We have been very
clear during the outbreak that the best way to stop the spread
of the virus and protect the NHS, is to stay at home if
possible. Our buses are a lifeline for people who need to travel
for work or to buy food; including our emergency services and
NHS staff and it's absolutely vital we do all we can to keep the
sector running. This multi million pound investment will protect
crucial local transport links across England, bolstering the
sector and minimising disruption for passengers in the long
Operators will also be required to keep passengers properly
informed about revised timetables to ensure that people know
which services are running and when.
The Government has also promised that ₤200 million of existing
funding under the Bus Services Operators Grant will continue to
be paid as normal even though not all services may run during
this time. This funding is usually paid according to fuel
consumption, and so the Government's commitment to pay this on
pre-Covid-19 levels will help ensure that bus companies are able
to benefit despite fewer fare paying passengers travelling.
This is in addition to up to ₤30 million of extra Government bus
funding, originally earmarked for starting new services, which
will instead be paid to local authorities to maintain existing
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:- "It's
vital people protect our NHS by staying at home during the
outbreak, but we also need to ensure that Doctors, Nurses and
other key workers, can travel to and from their jobs.This
funding will provide a lifeline for those on the frontline as
well as those who cannot work from home."
Councils have also been encouraged to maintain their existing
subsidies for concessionary fares to ensure that older and
disabled people can still travel when they need to, for example
to reach the shops, Hospitals and Doctors' Surgeries.
CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler said:- "Bus operators of
all sizes across the country are providing an essential service
at a time of national emergency, and we thank the thousands of
staff doing an incredible job to keep routes running. This
funding is designed to plug the gap between the costs of running
essential routes and revenue currently being received, and will
help the country through the outbreak by allowing critical
journeys to continue. We're pleased the Government is working
with us to ensure essential bus journeys can continue and will
work closely with them to ensure the network remains viable."
This is the latest step in a string of urgent measures being
taken forward by Government to support vital public services,
including emergency measures to sustain rail services as
operators manage the impacts of Covid-19, and support for
crucial links to different parts of the UK.
at home and save lives this weekend!
WITH warm weather expected over the
weekend and temperatures in some areas set to hit highs of 20C,
councils are urging residents to continue following the
Government's guidelines on social distancing.
Unless essential travel is required, households should continue
to follow the Government's advice and guidance to remain at home
and help to minimise the risk of spreading Coronavirus.
The Local Government Association, which represents councils
across England and Wales, says it is vital that people avoid
taking any unnecessary risks with the nation playing a vital
role in fighting this deadly disease.
The LGA is also reminding residents looking to spring clean
their homes or do some gardening, that local recycling centres
are closed as part of social distancing requirements and staff
absences due to social isolation or sickness.
People are reminded:-
• Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if
you cannot work from home) and should stay more than 2 metres
• You can also go for a walk or exercise outdoors close to home
once a day, but must observe the 2 metre rule when doing so.
• Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
• Do not meet others who are not in your household, including
friends and family.
Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman, said:-
weather forecast for the weekend, I like many others will be
looking forward to some fresh air. I understand families might
be tempted to go out and enjoy the sunshine, whether that's a
trip to the coast or seaside, or a picnic in a beauty spot or
country park. But the Government's guidance is clear; you
shouldn't go out unless it is necessary and for essential travel
or once daily exercise. We know that the vast majority of people
have followed the advice and stayed safe and stayed at home. By
simply remaining at home, we can save lives and reduce the
pressure on our incredible health and social care workers."
Professional Counsel Support for Businesses in Sefton
group InvestSefton who are the
enterprise, business support and inward investment service of
Sefton Council, have been notified that the Liverpool City
Region Growth Platform is now able to offer the following
service:- 'FREE Professional Counsel Support for
Businesses' that can be accessed
online. They will be
able to offer advice on a wide range of areas including:-
► Business Continuity Planning.
► Support for Leadership.
► Financial and Legal Advice.
InvestSefton also have a dedicated COVID 19 page which is
crime reassured support is still available throughout
MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner is reassuring victims
and survivors of crime that vital support services, commissioned through her
office, are still available throughout the Coronavirus outbreak.
Jane Kennedy is working with Merseyside Police and the charities which deliver
the Victim Care Merseyside services to maintain the highest level of service
possible during this challenging time.
Her team are in regular contact with all the Victim Care Merseyside services,
including specialist sexual violence and child exploitation services, to offer
help and guidance on how to best put in place contingency arrangements and adapt
services to address demand. In some case, extra financial support is being
While communities across Merseyside stay at home to save lives, staff providing
services to victims of crime across Merseyside are working remotely to ensure
victims continue to receive the support they need.
Although most face to face support in people's homes and community settings has
had to be suspended in line with the current stringent public health
regulations, advice lines and websites continue to operate as usual with Skype
counselling also an option for those most in need.
Jane said:- "I would like to reassure people across Merseyside that we are
still here and ready to support you and that the Victim Care Merseyside services
are still open and on hand to offer care, guidance and help as usual, despite
being delivered differently. While the Coronavirus outbreak has had an impact on
us all, for anyone who has been a victim of crime, this may be a particularly
anxious time and you may feel even more frightened or isolated than usual. For
anyone who has experienced crime there is someone here to help. We are doing
everything we can to ensure critical support and advice continues to be provided
to those who need it most throughout this crisis. If you or someone you know has
been a victim, you can find a wealth of free information and advice on the
Victim Care Merseyside
website. On this
website, you can also find a directory of services who are on hand to offer
further guidance and support. You can search these organisations by the type of
crime you have experienced or by geographical area, so you can find the very
best placed service to help you cope and recover from your experience."
The key Victim Care Merseyside services running as normal, with a few changes
made to keep staff and volunteers safe and well, include the:-
► Dedicated aftercare support service for survivors of rape and sexual assault
jointly delivered by
RASA Merseyside and Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC)
Cheshire and Merseyside.
► Vulnerable Victims' Champion service for vulnerable victims of crime and
anti-social behaviour delivered by Victim
► Specialist support service for victims of Child Sexual Exploitation and Child
Criminal Exploitation provided by Catch
► Tailored hate crime support service jointly delivered by the Anthony Walker
Advice Liverpool , and Daisy Inclusive
provide specialist support according to strand, as well as a 3rd party hate
crime reporting service provided by Stop Hate
► Support for victims of harmful practices (including FGM, forced marriage and
so-called 'honour-based' violence) provided by Savera
► 'The Hub' advice centre to provide support for families who have
lost a loved one to homicide, including crime related road traffic collisions
delivered by Families Fighting for
The Commissioner also continues to provide funding to each of Merseyside's five
local authorities to provide support for victims of domestic abuse, including
young people. This includes funding for Independent Domestic Violence Advocates
who support those in greatest need.
Jane added:- "This is a challenging time, but I want to reassure people
that you are not alone. Please do not suffer in silence; reach out if you are
in fear or have already been a victim and help is available. In an emergency,
where you or a family member is in immediate danger, you should always contact
the Police by calling:- 999."
If you need help or support after a crime, please visit:-
Silent Solution... The Silent Solution system helps filter
out accidental or hoax 999 calls from those who need genuine Police assistance.
If speaking or making an immediate sound would put you in danger and you need
immediate help, call:- 999 and stay on the line, then press:- '55'
when prompted and the call will be transferred to the Police, who will know
it is an emergency call.
welcomes move to make travel easier for those carrying out
Metro Mayor has welcomed new
ticket acceptance arrangements agreed today by public transport
leaders to support those people who have to make essential
journeys. From Saturday, 4 April 2020, valid Merseyrail tickets
will be accepted on Liverpool City Region Bus Services, from
7pm. The collaborative move is designed to help make it easier
and provide more options for those people, particularly rail
users, who do need to travel on public transport services later
in the evening. If customers wish to plan for multi modal travel
then appropriate multi modal tickets are available for example
Trio or Saveaway. Transport operators and providers are also
reminding people to adhere to the government guidance that all
non-essential travel should be avoided, and social distancing
practices should be maintained at all times. Suitable
arrangements have been made with transport services to allow
Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said:-
"Key workers are doing invaluable work to help our communities
fight the Coronavirus and I want to do all that we can to
support the essential work they are carrying out on all our
behalf. We acted quickly to suspend Mersey Tunnel tolls and
enabled concessionary travel holders to use their passes before
9.30, so it is great that we have now been able to come to this
agreement to ease the burden on those that are carrying out
essential journeys to get around our Region. To beat the
Coronavirus, it is so important that we all do our bit and work
together. It is great to see our local transport operators
really embracing that. Our public services are doing their jobs,
you need to do yours. Wherever possible; stay home, stay safe
and save lives."
Total UK cases
COVID-19 Cases Update for Liverpool City Region and
3 April 2020, the number of fatalities continues to
rise, with an additional 684 deaths being recoded pushing
the total number of fatalities to 3,60 in the UK, as a
result of COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 infections has
also risen by 4,450 in just a day, with the total now at
38,168 reported confirmed cases, according to the UK's
Department of Health. Within England, there are a total of
31,797 confirmed cases. In the North West of England, the
total now stands at 3,537 confirmed cases. Current confirmed
cases within the following Local Authorities are as
► Liverpool, 342 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 142 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 130 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 122 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 51 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 536 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 116 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 111 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 224 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 156 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 139 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 110 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 80 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 126 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 102 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 109 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 149 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 43 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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