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Plan for huge civic
'thank you' to key workers in Liverpool when COVID19 crisis is over
MAYOR of Liverpool Joe Anderson has
announced the City will come together to support, celebrate and remember the
efforts of health staff and other key workers when safe to do so, after the
COVID-19 crisis is over. In a keynote address; broadcast on the Council's
digital channels earlier today; the Mayor committed to a large scale civic event
for people to say:- 'thank you' and pay tribute to staff in the
likes of the NHS, care, public sector, retail and logistics sectors who are on
the frontline in keeping the City going during the pandemic.
Joe Anderson made the announcement in response to a question from Alder Hey
Nurse Helen O'Boyle, who asked what would be done to thank healthcare staff. He
said:- "I hope people recognise how important and how valuable they really
are because it is now that we need them more than ever that they are stepping up
to the plate and in some cases putting their lives at risk. What I intend to do,
to celebrate when it is safe to do so, is to hold a parade in our City. I hope
it will be the biggest parade ever; that tops Liverpool and Everton's parades,
the Giants parades; where we come out and celebrate our public services and
everything they have done for us and to us during this time of crisis."
In answer to direct questions put by senior members of the business and cultural
community in the City during the broadcast, he said the Council will go over and
above in order to re-energise the economy when the pandemic is over:-
"We've got to plan now for now how we come out of the blocks once it's safe for
us to actually try to come back to some sort of normality. So I've brought in
some consultants, we're talking to them and working with them to look at what we
can do. I've raised this already with central Government. I know the combined
authority and the metro mayor is also doing similar in terms of arguing that we
need more support and more funding. We've got to work with businesses to make
sure that we support them and that we support development and investment to come
back into our City with a clear plan on how we're going to be growing our
economy, strengthening our economy and making sure we get investment and
He also outlined the importance of the cultural and tourism sectors, which
support tens of thousands of jobs in the City. He said:- "It actually
supports the City in a tremendous way by promoting our City across the world,
keeping our reputation going as one of the friendliest and best cities to visit,
so we've got to make sure that we give you the support in the short, medium and
But he warned the Council is losing ₤1 million a week as a result of Coronavirus
and the loss of income from the likes of leisure centres, parking and other fees
and charges, and forecast that an emergency budget will have to be called in the
summer "to take stock and assess the deficit that we are going to be
He urged people who have lost their jobs and struggling with Council Tax
payments to contact the Council to see if they are eligible for support.
The Mayor also urged people to dig deep and find hope during the current
situation, revealing that he himself is finding it extremely difficult to handle
the current restrictions on movement as he is unable to see his children and
grandchildren. He said:- "I know how hard it is for you and I know how
difficult it is for you to remain indoors and stay to away from your families. I
desperately miss, as an old grandad, my 6 grandchildren…so I know how hard it
is. 1 of the traits of scousers, of Liverpool people, is that we love in times
of difficulty to put our arms around each other, and help each other and support
each other, and I think that is what is hurting us; the fact we're not able to
Mayor Anderson has also released a personal letter, urging people to stay strong
during the current crisis and saying the City will get through it. It can be
here. The broadcast can be watched
again on Vimeo.
CLA urges public to support
under threat rural businesses
MILLIONS of people have had to cancel
their Easter holiday plans because of Coronavirus. The Country Land and Business
Association (CLA), which represents 5,000 rural tourism businesses, is urging
them to re-book cancelled holidays in the UK once it is safe to do so. Choosing
a:- 'staycation' is not only greener but is a great way to support
the local economy. Rural Tourism is worth ₤18.5 billion a year to the economy
and employs over 600,000 people. Yet, almost overnight, many businesses have
shut down for an unknown period of time. This is having crippling consequences
on a beloved industry. Going on holiday in the UK is also 1 of the easiest steps
you can take to reduce your emissions. An average domestic flight gives off 3
times more Co2 emissions per km travelled compared to travelling in a car. Many
farms now provide holiday lets, camping, bed and breakfasts and farm stays as a
way to support their business. These farmers, who have already suffered from
flooding and uncertain trading conditions, now face another hammering to their
income. They need the support of British holidaymakers after this crisis is
The CLA is seeking reassurances from the UK Government on support for the
sector, such as:-
► A clear definition of what businesses make up the
tourism industry so every business that needs it can access relevant Government
► Fast payments of financial support to struggling
firms, including:- wage cost support.
► A flexible approach from the insurance industry when
dealing with rural tourism business claims.
► Clear and prompt guidance on what will happen to
support schemes in the next 3 to 6 months so businesses can put in place
CLA Director North Dorothy Fairburn said:- "Once the
Coronavirus pandemic is over, millions of people will want to take a well
deserved break, eSpecially those who have cancelled their Easter holiday with
friends and family. When re-booking their holidays, we are asking people to
consider staying in the Great British countryside to support local businesses.
The hard truth is that thousands of businesses, who are extremely welcoming to
their guests, will go bust without their support. Choosing a staycation not only
helps out small businesses up and down the country, but is also a great way to
lower your carbon footprint."
Easter holiday opening for
Liverpool's childcare hubs
PARENTS of children
attending 1 of the childcare hubs in the City are urged to check
which hubs are open both across the whole Easter holiday period
and on the 2 bank holiday, Good Friday and Easter Monday. All
Special Schools are closed during the Easter holiday period
except Sandfield Park which is offering limited provision for
children of keyworkers who usually attend the School. Most
Special Schools will have a limited opening from Monday, 20
April 2020, for some vulnerable pupils with an EHCP and need
provision which cannot be delivered safely at home.
Hubs open throughout Easter
Holiday period including Good Friday and Easter Monday.
► Bluebirds Nursery.
► All Saints.
► Belle Vale.
► Blackmoor Park Infants.
► Florence Melly.
► Holy Name. *
► Liverpool College.
► Matthew Arnold.
► Mosspits. *
► OLI. *
► Rudston. *
► St Nicholas. *
► St Sebastian's.
► St Teresa de Lisieux.
► St Pauls (Junior site) *
► Sudley Juniors.
Hubs closed Good Friday, but
open Easter Monday....
► Springwood Heath *
► Hunts Cross Hub relocated to Hunts
both Good Friday and Easter Monday, reopening Tuesday, 14 April
Hubs closed, both
Good Friday and Easter Monday, reopening Tuesday, 14 April
► Arnot St Mary.
► Norman Pannell
► Rice Lane
► St Ambrose
► St Christopher
► St John's
► St Margaret's Anfield
► St Oswalds *
Hubs closed over
Easter period reopening Monday, 20 April 2020...
Hugh's (redirected to Chatham Nursery)
Sacred Heart (redirected to Kensington)
* hubs open 7am to 7pm.
Don't call us - we'll call
PEOPLE making new claims for Universal Credit will no
longer need to call the Department as part of the process. Instead a bolstered
frontline team will proactively call claimants if they need to check any of the
information provided as part of the claim, as well as messaging them on their
online journal to confirm details. The move is designed to take some of the
worry and frustration out of submitting a claim, while speeding it up by putting
an end to long call wait times. The change is a response to the huge volume of
calls to Universal Credit phone lines, which meant some people were faced with
an engaged tone when calling or were left waiting for several hours.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Therese Coffey said:- "We are
doing whatever it takes to make claiming benefits as straightforward as possible
during a time when we are receiving an unprecedented number of claims. That's
why no one making a new claim to Universal Credit needs to call us. Once you've
completed your online application, you can rest assured we have received your
claim and we will call you if we need to check any of the information you've
Since 16 March, more than a million new claims for Universal Credit have been
processed, and 10,000 staff are being redeployed to help on the frontline. A
rapid recruitment drive has been launched for an additional 5,000 to aid the
effort. Already, DWP staff have been making proactive calls where they can see
people haven't been able to get through. Already working through weekends, the
DWP team will continue to make calls over the Easter bank holiday weekend,
helping people complete their online claims and making sure the safety net
catches those who need help. This change goes further, putting the emphasis on
the Department to follow up with claimants if more information is needed;
although anyone who is unable to get online can still call the Department as
normal. Appropriate measures to protect people from fraud have been put in place
to safeguard the new process. DWP will never ask you for your bank details over
the phone and people should never give out personal information unless they are
sure it is DWP calling.
Chancellor must "act now" for
businesses and individuals hit by virus crisis
A Merseyside MP says the Chancellor must "act now" to
help thousands of individuals and businesses who are struggling to access help
during the Coronavirus crisis. Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson met with business
leaders from across the Liverpool City Region to help understand the gaps in the
job retention and business grant and loan schemes announced by the Chancellor.
The MP and Shadow International Trade Minister said thousands of businesses
risked going under due to the unprecedented slowdown in the economy.
Mr Esterson said:- "There are numerous gaps in the support currently being
offered. I am hearing from constituents every day who are telling me the
problems they are facing. There are businesses that are based in shared offices
where they pay their business rates within their rent, so because they are not a
business rates payer they are not eligible for the small business grant of
₤10,000. The landlord, because his or her name is on the business rates bill,
will get the grant instead, yet may still be receiving rent. One business owner
who contacted me doesn't want to take out a loan because he has no idea what
demand will be like when he is allowed to start operating again. He has had to
let his one employee go. The issue with bank loans is huge, as banks are often
trying to get businesses to take out their standard products instead of the
Government backed loans. The Government backed loans expose the banks to 20%
risk, therefore they are charging high interest rates for these. I'm told that
the local authorities in the City Region have done a great job getting the
grants out to qualifying businesses who have applied but many businesses have
not applied because they don't know about the grants and many businesses have
been left behind because they don't qualify. Constituents have contacted me who
started a new job since 28 February 2020, and have now been made made redundant.
They are told to go back to their old employer to qualify for the job retention
scheme but their former employer is not able to help. Unless you were on the
payroll on 28 February 2020, you don't qualify for the job retention scheme by
your employer so these poor employees are left with nothing. Agency workers are
being told that they are eligible for the job retention scheme but the company
can't take advantage of it because they have not been told when the Government's
money will come through, and they don't have adequate cash flow to pay 80% wages
until it does. Everyone must be put in a financial position where they can make
the right choices for their health and the health of others. If people are put
in a position where there is no pay if they don't go to work, they might not
always make the right choice. Everyone has to pay the bills. So it is so
important that businesses are understanding about the choices people face,
especially if they live with vulnerable people. Employees must be able to access
adequate sick pay and the Government support must filter through as quickly as
Mr Esterson said there were several gaps in the current economic support
"► Employers are choosing not to furlough staff even though they are
eligible, because they have not been told when they will be repaid by the
► Banks have been reluctant to lend via the CBILS scheme and have been trying to
push businesses onto mainstream products
A hardship scheme for businesses that cannot access other help is needed.
► Company directors who are paid via dividends are not able to access support
through the self employed scheme.
► Universal Credit is inadequate for those who have average to higher earnings and
► Businesses who pay business rates through their landlord are not able to access
► Landlords of commercial property are pursuing struggling businesses for rent,
and threatening legal action.
Self employed support needs to be provided before June, which is the current
expected date when payments will be made.
► Any newly self employed, who have not submitted at least 1 Tax Return, miss out
on the support scheme.
► Social enterprises have been deemed ineligible for the small business grants.
► Evidence of income needed for universal credit claims was seen as a barrier to
► A 5 week wait for universal credit is too long!
► Banks are still directing borrowers to their 'business as usual' products rather
than the emergency funding.
► Interest rates on business interruption loans are not capped and are too high.
► Customers are finding banks difficult to contact."
Mr Esterson continued and explained that:- "The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has
announced an unprecedented package of support for businesses and employees. But
these are not so far working in practice as the cash is not reaching workers or
employers. He must act now to plug the gaps in the financial support available
so everyone has the support they need to stay home and stay safe."
For more information about support for businesses see:-
The Citizens Advice Bureau is available for advice during the crisis. For
general advice call:- 03444930012, Monday to Friday, from 9.30am until 4.30pm.
For debt advice call:- 01513186407. For Universal Credit help call:-
Impacted of Coronavirus
- Survival of many tourists destinations threatened
TOURIST Towns and
Seaside Resorts reliant on seasonal crowds are under the threat of becoming:-
"Ghost Towns" as people stay at home amid the Coronavirus emergency,
warn Councils. Around the country, places heavily dependent on the booming
holiday season are anticipating plummeting visitor numbers in the months ahead,
pushing businesses and jobs to the brink. Many would normally expect a
large influx of visitors over the Easter period, but this year will be a
different story altogether. The District Councils' Network, which represents
Councils for many of England's tourist and culture locations, says Councils are
working with businesses on the frontline to help them get by, but that more help
is needed. It is calling on the Government to support local efforts to avoid
permanent scarring as a result of the lockdown, and to protect the future
livelihoods of workers reliant on busy summer months. As people rightly stay at
home during the Coronavirus outbreak, District Councils will be working hard to
help struggling tourist towns and seaside resorts, including:
► Helping businesses stay afloat with administering
rate reliefs and distributing grants.
► Helping families through the benefits system and
administering the Hardship Fund.
► Making sure key Council services continue, such as
housing advice and homelessness, waste collection and more.
However, the DCN is calling on the Government to go a step further ensuring
sufficient funding for Councils to help local businesses, increasing future high
streets funding for all Towns, and expanding the Hardship Fund to respond to
rising demand and enabling Councils to help solve problems.
It says a short term emergency intervention now could secure the future of
seasonal businesses and save livelihoods, building on the support for local
tourism organisations known as destination management organisations.
Cllr Mark Crane, DCN lead member for stronger economies, said:-
"Some of our finest, most picturesque and beautiful Tourist
Villages and Towns, including those rich in cultural importance and heritage,
face an unprecedented challenge. These are places dependent on seasonal demand
in order to survive, which are usually guaranteed large numbers of visitors week
in week out, but this year this is sadly unlikely to be the case. With people
rightly staying away to minimise the spread of infection, this could have a
devastating impact on many places that rely on the tourism industry. There's a
real risk that if they don't recover, our Tourist Towns could become ghost
towns. It will also put huge pressure on families suffering lost income and high
unemployment. Districts Councils know our businesses, our restaurants, our cafes
and our attractions, and we know our residents. We are doing all we can to
support them, but whatever the time of year our tourist towns will need further
help and investment to ride out this storm."
NHS Service launched for IT workers to
volunteer their skills
Source's NHS Team have launched a national service for skilled
IT workers to volunteer their time to support NHS organisations
during the COVID-19 pandemic, following the enormous success of
the GoodSAM volunteering initiative. Since the People
Source went live with its own free to use NHS IT
volunteering service and within 48 hours of the platform going
live, the service has helped the NHS find a much needed IT
support for a Hospital in London. Now, just 1 week later,
supporting Hospitals across the UK with their IT volunteering
An NHS IT Director in London recently commented:- "Bravo!
This keyworker volunteer website is incredibly helpful to NHS IT
departments for finding the IT staff we need to keep our
information systems going for our heroic doctors and nurses.
Thank you People Source! The idea is very simple... The site
acts as an online community for IT volunteers to offer their
time to the NHS and as a channel for NHS Trusts to communicate
the support they're missing so those with relevant skill sets
can quickly connect and go on site with that trust. This is a
call for all skilled IT workers to register and support our NHS.
It is very simple to sign up as a volunteer, just head to the
website and click "find a position" or "sign in" to register. If
you are an NHS trust that has a requirement, select:- 'post
position.' It really is that simple. The service is completely
free for all parties and costs are covered by People Source. The
platform was the idea of David Wylie, People Source e-Health
Director. David and his team quickly worked with a web design
company to launch the service in less than a week, and since it
went live, we have seen an increasing number of volunteers
registering on the website each day. A recent advert on the site
for IT Support Volunteers in London generated over 1200+
responses. David and our Healthcare recruitment team are leading
this project and expressed that if an NHS organisation is not
getting the right volunteers then they will go 1 step further
and try to source volunteers themselves for free."
Quote from David Wylie, People Source e-health director:-
"I would be delighted if the platform can benefit NHS IT teams
across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. For it to be
successful we firstly need people to know that the platform
exists (so please share the URL with your NHS colleagues!)
Secondly, we need the NHS to publish their requirements and
lastly, and most importantly, we need volunteers to sign up, via
Funeralcare offers guidance on how Coronavirus outbreak is
affecting funerals in Southport
the nation is on lockdown, the UK's leading provider of
funerals, Co-op Funeral Care, has released its latest guidance
on funeral arrangements to ensure the ongoing safety of its
clients and colleagues in Southport. In spite of the
current restrictions, Co-op Funeral Care is committed to
supporting clients in new ways to help them still create a
personal and fitting tribute to their loved one.
With over 40 years of experience in the industry, David
Collingwood, Director of funerals at Co-op Funeralcare, says:-
"Funerals aren't changing; they have changed... Losing a loved
one is a devastating time for any family, but even more so to
lose someone in the current circumstances. We have a social
responsibility to limit the spread of disease and play our part
to save lives, whilst fully supporting our colleagues and
communities through a time of loss. Our colleagues are working
tirelessly to provide families with access to the services they
need to navigate the loss of a loved one, whilst also adhering
to government safety guidelines and social distancing
requirements to limit and slow the spread of Coronavirus. Where
crematoriums have filming facilities, in most circumstances they
should be available to families who wish to access them, and the
systems should be resilient enough to cope with extra the
demand. It's crucial we support families and communities during
these devastating times, and ensure they feel part of their
loved one's funeral even if they can't physically attend. We aim
to protect our communities and have therefore had to make some
tough, but responsible choices to help families and individuals
say goodbye in the safest possible way."
Latest funeral guidelines
issued by Co-op Funeral Care:-
believe it's important we pause the use of limousines in our
funerals given the current government safety guidelines.
► In the safety interest of our staff
and clients, we will carry out funeral arrangements over the
phone where possible and ask just 2 clients to meet with funeral
arrangers if necessary.
► We now ask that no more than 10
people attend funeral gatherings so that attendees can follow
social distancing guidelines.
► For up to date advice from Co-op
Funeral Care, please
Total UK cases
COVID-19 Cases Update for Liverpool City Region and
THE number of
COVID-19 fatalities recorded by UK Hospitals has increased
by 881 to 7,978. The number of COVID-19 infections has also
risen by 4,344 to 65,077, according to the Department of
Health. In England, there are a total of 54,554 confirmed
cases. North West - total of 7,339 confirmed cases. Current
confirmed cases within the following local authorities are
► Liverpool, 634 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 351 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 353 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 306 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 148 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 1111 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 289 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 257 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 454 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 338 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 272 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 223 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 223 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 209 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 177 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 217 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 267 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 95 confirmed cases.
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
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