Bank messes up Bounce Back Loan applications
information required flag' on some of Barclays Bank's
customers accounts is blocking them from having access to the
'vital' loans they should be able to apply for. If this
is affecting you, please don't despair, you are not alone. It
was 1st reported on Monday, 4 May 2020, when the Bounce Back
Loan scheme launched, but still many businesses are struggling
to get emergency money from the Bank. The loans are 100%
guaranteed by the Government and designed to keep small
businesses alive, but for those affected. This is more than
frustrating for those who have repeatedly to tried to get it to
work. Many of them said the same:- "We can't get though on
the phone number and we just get repeatedly a message saying:-
"something went wrong" flash up on his screen." These
loans are for amounts between ₤2,000 and ₤50,000 and are meant
to be credited to bank accounts within 24 hours, with no
interest payments or charges for the 1st year and then for the
rest term, of up to 6 years, the interest will be fixed at 2.5%.
Barclays said the vast majority of customers were managing to
apply online adding insult to injury for those customers. Many
of them saying that the loan is the difference between
potentially going under or staying afloat. We have not hear any
issues with the other Banks as of yet, with them apparently
processing applications far more efficiently. An employee for
Barclays Bank said:- "We know about the problem and it is
coursing incredible pressure on those affected.
This is a security issue to protect against
fraudulent claims. Please call the
number and hold on. But if you can't pass the phone security
questions, you will have to call again after 24 hours until you
pass the questions being ask or go into your branch to get a
phone banking set up." We would like to hear
from businesses who have been affected by issues applying for
the Bounce Back Loans. If you have had problems or you want to
say something good, please do let us know via emailing us to:-
about this topic.
Adam Bailey replying to a
Twitter post we added said:- "Absolutely, been trying all
week with no luck, error page every day."
Gill Robertshaw added:- "Have tried over 1000 times to
access the application form Barclays. Been a customer for 26
years and feel massively let down."
Brian Bunu also responded adding:- "I've gone through all
stages and received 2 texts after 1 saying funds will be in
later, then 1 saying payment will be delayed. Not heard anything
Chris Hawkes:- "Correct. I checked my details in branch
and all correct. Only one signatory needed on my account so
there shouldn't be anything stopping me applying. Poor
communication between Barclays and customers."
A guy stuck
in Australia uses Deliveroo to send apology message to his
girlfriend stuck in the UK
JOE (25) who's currently stuck in Queensland, Aus, has
just won boyfriend of the year after sending a chocolate filled
apology to his girlfriend (Harneet, 25) in the UK for spending
too much time gaming!
They do say the way to someone's heart is through their stomach,
so when Joe found himself in the dog house 9,443 miles away, he
ordered up an apology courtesy of Deliveroo. He added a
personalised apology message to his order notes on the app,
hoping it would make its way onto Harneet's delivery bag. It
read:- "I'm sending this from Australia to my girlfriend
stuck in the UK. I know I've been playing too much League of
Legends and not calling you enough, so this is a note to say I'm
sorry, I love you, and hopefully I can be your legend again,
love Joe xx."
The restaurant Urban Chocolatier who received the order in the
UK saw the note and had some fun playing messenger with a hand
written message on the bag. After spotting the post on
Twitter, Deliveroo reached
out to the couple for more info.
Festival Under Threat Of Collapse In Covid-19 Pandemic Goes
famous Writing on the Wall Festival (WoWFEST) is under threat of
collapse in its 20th year because of the Covid-19 pandemic has
been transformed into a virtual event for its thousands of fans.
WoWFEST: LOCKDOWN, which launched, on Thursday, 7 May 2020, and
runs until the end of the month, will feature more than 20
events, including a range of famous:- Poets, Writers, Authors,
Academics, Criminologists, Doctors and even Politicians, from
across the world. And festival organisers have today revealed
the latest famous name to join the event, is former Labour
Leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Other famous names include:- Author of
Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh; criminologist, Phil Scraton,
probably best known for his work following the Hillsborough
Disaster; Novelist and Screenwriter Nikesh Shukla, Daily Mirror
Columnist, Brian Reade; Comedian Rosie Jones, who will reveal
details of her journey into TV and comedy; Author and Artistic
Director Sharna Jackson, BBC Radio 6 DJ, Stuart Maconie, Drag
Artist Glamrou and Jude Lennon, who will bring a programme of
story time events to young children, and Liverpool's renowned
urban Griot Levi Tafari.
Mike Morris, Co-Director of Writing on the Wall, said:-
"After having to collapse our annual live festival as a result
of the Coronavirus, we have worked around the clock to ensure we
will still be able to bring the array of incredible
international, national and local guests, which we have lined up
this year, to our thousands of fans. We were determined we would
not allow the festival to collapse in our 20th year."
All of the sessions will be interactive with the audience
members being encouraged to ask questions and interact with the
speakers following their performances / presentations. The
event is free and will be live streamed via:-
WoWFEST: LOCKDOWN is asking
anyone who would like to make a donation to do so and this money
will be divided between South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service,
Fans Supporting Food Banks and Writing on the Wall. Writing on
the Wall came to life following the 1995 to 1998 lockout of the
Liverpool Dockers and the creation of the film, Dockers, which
aired on Channel 4, back in 1999. This sparked the idea for a
month long festival of artists which is backed by Arts Council
England. Since its launch, the event has touched the lives of
thousands of people and helped to launch the careers of many
successful writers and spoken word artists and performers.
Further details on all of the events throughout this month are
Find out more about Writing on the Wall and it's projects with
Total UK cases
COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and
AFTER the death toll increased today by
539 to 30,615 recorded deaths that have had a positive test
result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory making the
UK the worst hit country in Europe, and 2nd only to the US
globally. COVID-19 associated deaths, in England now stands at
27,432, Northern Ireland at 418, Scotland at 1,703 and Wales has
had 1,062 deaths. The number of recorded lab-confirmed UK cases
of COVID-19 infections, that includes tests carried out by
commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National
totals, as reported by the Department of Health, continues to go
up, on Thursday 7 May 2020, by 5,614, pushing the total 206,715
cases. In England, there are a total of 131,932 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 21,600 confirmed cases. Current Hospital
Laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local
Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as
► Liverpool, 1,500 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 849 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,075 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 686 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 338 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,055 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 890 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 966 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,257 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 928 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 658 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 910 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 865 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 622 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 628 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 513 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 886 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 345 confirmed cases.
Total number of lab-confirmed cases in
England by age and sex
These stats are according to Public Health
England as of 07/05/2020. Last updated 5.14pm 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
UK Government Coronavirus Press
Conference on 7 May 2020 Video