Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-08-03

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This page last updated on 3 August 2020

Jobless crisis looming as Pandemic continues to pound the economy

THOUSANDS of workers could lose their jobs as major companies announced cuts to staff in the UK as Businesses that have furloughed staff during the Coronavirus pandemic must now start contributing to the Government's job retention scheme.

With plans get back to a form of 'normal' dashed due to lockdown easing within England being halted by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Friday, due to a rise in cases businesses are facing going to the wall. The 1 size fits all approach with the Government's support packages is now leading to an inevitable conclusion, which will take generations to recover from, if at all, should action not be taken soon.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has since warned the Government, again, not to "pull up the business support drawbridge’ but these please are falling on death ears. Up to now the Job Retention programme, that was praised when it was introduced by the UK's Treasury, has provided to be a fantastic safety net, preventing mass redundancies, but now it is going to fail, as rhetoric takes over. Now most small businesses are looking down the barrel and face a lose-lose scenario.

Without support now, many businesses that are still struggling, but paying staff that are unable to be used and the financial pressure mounting, many will have no choice but fold, as even laying workers off will take cash many do not have. This no-win situation many now face will lead to massive amounts of bankruptcy and redundancies. In turn this will trigger a recession and a chain reaction on our economy, which will be as hard to stop as the Coronavirus.

Already 1,700 jobs are at risk with DW Sports going into administration and that is just 1 of the many big names to struggle. But, it is the small names that will inevitable be the worse hit though will be the small businesses, who are going under without the headlines. They are the very businesses the UK needs the most for stimulating innovation and keeping many in the UK after Brexit.

'The Eat Out to Help Out' scheme has launched

THE HMRC have said that 5,048 outlets have so far signed up for the 'The Eat Out to Help Out' scheme in the North West. You can check to find outlets in individual towns and cities by downloading the list here from the Gov.UK website. Alternatively, you can use the online restaurant finder to search for participating outlets using a postcode on the .Gov.UK website. They added that:- "We feel that it’s important to point out that this number only relates to businesses that have less than 26 outlets. The actual figure that includes:- larger restaurant chains in your Region is higher. Across the UK more than 72,000 individual outlets are signed up, as of midday on 31 July 2020, to take part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme."

Consultation under way on 'life saving' landlord licensing proposal

CONSULTATION gets under way today on a comprehensive:- 'Landlord Licensing Scheme' which would cover around 80% of privately rented properties in Liverpool. In January, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick turned down an application to keep the Citywide scheme going from April 2020, claiming the Council did not provide robust evidence to show low housing demand across the City. This was despite it being backed by Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service and the majority of residents who responded to the consultation.

Back in July 2020, the Council's Cabinet approved a plan to start consultation on a new preferred scheme, based on poor property conditions, which would target the 16 wards in the City where at least 1 in 5 homes is owned by a private landlord. It would mean that around 45,000 of the 55,000 properties in the original scheme would still be covered by the initiative, giving the Council additional powers to drive up standards and keep vulnerable tenants safe.

The wards included would be:- Central, Riverside, Greenbank, Kensington, Picton, Tuebrook and Stoneycroft, County, Anfield, St Michael's, Princes Park, Kirkdale, Old Swan, Warbreck, Wavertree, Fazakerley and Everton.

The Council is also consulting on 2 alternatives, which would include slightly fewer wards. 1, based on low housing demand, would cover all of those in the preferred option, apart from Greenbank, St Michael's and Wavertree. The other, based on deprivation, would include all of those in the preferred option, apart from Central and Wavertree.

Whichever scheme is taken forward, the Council would still investigate issues with properties outside of the designated landlord licensing area if it receives complaints and referrals.

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for housing, Councillor Lynnie Hinnigan, said:- "All the evidence over the last 5 years shows landlord licensing made a massive difference to the lives of our most vulnerable residents. Rogue landlord were compelled to take action to improve electrical and fire safety standards, as well as dealing with issues such as damp and anti-social behaviour. What we are looking at is introducing one of the largest schemes in the country covering the vast majority of properties that were under the original programme. Using our powers under the licensing scheme to proactively address poor management of properties meant that we tackled head on the dangerous living conditions that contribute to poor health such as excess cold. This life saving scheme ensures landlords meet their obligations and put in smoke detectors and fire doors as required by law. Every single penny we get would be ring fenced for the landlord licensing service, with our team out on the streets every day inspecting properties, chasing disrepair and taking the strongest action against landlords who refuse to manage and keep their properties safe. We want as many people as possible to give us feedback on the proposal and have their say to help inform the process."

The 3 month consultation will run until October 2020, with a submission made to the Government for ministerial consideration in December 2020. The consultation can be found on:- Liverpool.Gov.UK.

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

THE UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 938 cases and the total number now stand at 305,623, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 9 according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 46,210.

In England, there are a total of 263,602 confirmed cases. North West - total of 46,739 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

Liverpool, 2,585 confirmed cases.
    Warning issued to Princes Park residents.

► Sefton, 1,573 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,075 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,213 confirmed cases

► Halton, 705 confirmed cases.

Blackpool, 1,049 confirmed cases.
Urgent warning issued to residents.

Blackburn with Darwen, 1,458 confirmed cases.
.   Under local lockdown warning

Bolton, 2,010 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Bury, 1,359 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,051 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,258 confirmed cases.

Lancashire, 7,191 confirmed cases.
Urgent warning issued to residents.

Manchester, 3,354 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Oldham, 2,179 confirmed cases.
Under new local lockdown measures!

Rochdale, 1,897 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning

Stockport, 1,782 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Tameside, 1,643 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Trafford, 1,450 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Wigan, 2,191 confirmed cases.

    Under local lockdown warning.

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