Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-06-04

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This page last updated on 4 June 2020

Councils re-introduce parking charges and fines

TRAFFIC Wardens have already started to return to UK roads and car parks. Car insurance expert at Confused.com Alex Kindred says:- "As people across the UK begin to return to work and shops prepare to open later in the month, parking charges and fines are set to be re-introduced. Although, each Council will have their own way of tackling this. Some are taking a phased approach by operating Wardens in certain areas, while others have different dates for the re-introduction. No doubt this will cause a lot of confusion for those of us who will be relying on these parking spots. The best thing we can do is check with our Local Council to see when and where parking restrictions are being enforced. If you do receive a ticket you feel was issued unfairly, it can also be confusing knowing where you stand when challenging this. Should you return to a ticket on your windscreen as a result of unclear restrictions, our checklist to challenge should help you through the appeal process. Undoubtedly there will be concerns around how we can socially distance when paying for parking, and there are options, such as parking apps, which you can use to pay to avoid queueing at a machine. It’s likely your Local Council will already have something in place to keep people safe. But where this isn’t possible, queuing may be our only option, in which case we should always keep our distance."

Next Steps for work on Covid-19 disparities announced

AROUND of community radio stations in the UK have successfully applied for emergency cash funding to help them through the Covid-19 pandemic, Ofcom announced today. During the current public health crisis, community radio stations have provided a reassuring local voice to millions of people. However, many have also faced severe financial challenges. In response, the UK government announced emergency funding to help them meet the costs of providing vital programming to local communities. The Community Radio Fund Panel, which acts independently of Ofcom, has today awarded grants to 81 community radio stations totalling just over 333,000. The Panel made as many awards as possible in line with the eligibility criteria and Government guidance, and has set out its approach and reasoning when assessing and deciding on applications. Ofcom will be inviting applications for a further emergency funding round in approximately 6 weeks’ time, with a view to awarding the outstanding funds available. This will allow stations a further opportunity to apply for financial support, and additional time to assess their operations and financial positions.

Next Steps for work on Covid-19 disparities announced

FOLLOWING the release of the Public Health England review into disparities in the risks and outcomes of COVID-19, the Government’s Equality Hub, on 4 June 2020, has set out how this work will be taken forward. The work will be led by the Equalities Minister, Kemi Badenoch, and supported by other Government Departments and Agencies.

Minister for Equalities, Kemi Badenoch, said:- "This Government is rightly taking seriously the initial findings from the PHE report published earlier this week. However, it is also clear that much more needs to be done to understand the key drivers of the disparities identified and the relationships between the different risk factors. That is why I am now taking this work forward, which will enable us to make a real difference to people’s lives and protect our communities from the impact of the Coronavirus."

The full terms of reference for this work will be as follows:-

Review the effectiveness and impact of current actions being undertaken by relevant government departments and their agencies to directly lessen disparities in infection and death rates of COVID-19. Factors to be considered; but aren’t limited to; should include:- age and sex, occupation, obesity, comorbidities, geography, and ethnicity.

► Modifications to existing, or development of new policy, should be considered and discussed with the relevant Ministers responsible. This ongoing work will include looking at the extensive guidance that is already currently available.

► Commission further data, research and analytical work by the Equality Hub to clarify the scale, and drivers, of the gaps in evidence highlighted by the Report.

► Consider where and how the collection and quality of data into the disparities highlighted can be improved on, and take action to do so, working with the Equality Hub, government departments and their agencies.

► Lead engagement on the disparities highlighted with Departmental Ministers.

► Build on and expand the stakeholder engagement undertaken by PHE to consolidate and develop the qualitative insights gained and how they may support further actions that should be taken to address the disparities highlighted.

► Strengthen and improve public health communications to ensure they can reach all communities across the country.

► Provide quarterly updates to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on progress being made to address health inequalities by departments and their agencies.

Earlier today, the Minister for Equalities answered an Urgent Question in the House of Commons before answering detailed questions from members on a range of issues related to the PHE review.

Further Information:-

► To support the Minister for Equalities in fulfilling these Terms of Reference, the Race Disparity Unit in the Equalities Hub (Cabinet Office) will work with MfE directly. They will be supported by officials in PHE and other departments or agencies as relevant to take this forward.

► The Equality Hub sits in the Cabinet Office and is made up of officials working for the Government Equalities Office, Race Disparity Unit and Disability Unit.

► The full PHE review can be found on Gov.UK.

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

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 1,805 cases and the total number now stand at 281,661, 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 176 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 39,904.

In England, there are a total of 153,807 confirmed cases. North West - total of 25,984 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,633 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 937 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,308 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 754 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 408 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,669 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,164 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,252 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,607 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,055 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 835 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,212 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,028 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 815 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 774 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 751 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,092 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 413 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 04/06/2020. Last updated 5.07pm 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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