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THE Crosby Plaza Cinema
will again be open, on Wednesday, 11 May 2020, from 10am. They
cinema will be holding a number of things for sale which i will
list below, all monies help to support the Plaza during this
► Plaza Vouchers ₤5 & ₤10.
► EyeCandy Medium Bags ₤5.
► Large Bags were ₤10.50 Now ₤8.
► Greeting Cards ₤1 each.
► Plaza 80th Anniversary A1 Poster ₤5.
► Plaza Posters A3 - ₤10, A4 - ₤5.
► Plaza Lowry Type Print A3 - ₤10, A4 - ₤5.
They will also have a quantity of popcorn to sell, but it will
require people to bring a container to fill for a suggested
donation, no buckets or bins! Finally they are saying that they
will have a number of posters for ₤4 each unless stated:-
► Call of the Wild.
► Sorry we missed You.
► The Gentleman.
► David Copperfield.
► Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood.
► Military Wives.
► Richard Jewell.
Rabbit 2 - ₤7
If you are interested in any of the following please send an
and a time will be allocated to you to collect, usual social
distancing and contactless payments.
Still no sign of
₤10,000 cash grants for many serviced office tenants
THE Business Rates
loophole which stopped shared office tenants, from claiming a
critical ₤10,000 cash grant, from HM Treasury, that had been
plugged with a new ₤617m fund last weekend. However now Local
Authorities are dragging their heels, and only a few have
received the life line cash.
"10 days ago, we were told ₤617m was now available for serviced
office tenants. ₤10,000 was going to be paid to those who missed
out; but the majority haven't had any positive feedback from
their Local Authority saying that they are going to pay out."
reports Jonathan Ratcliffe from Serviced Offices company
The petition to the Government asking for help has now reached
nearly 25,000 signatures; and support was shown from MPs and
business leaders. ₤617m was promised by HM Treasury thanks to
the campaigning from thousands of small businesses across the UK
desperate for help.
Ratcliffe adds:- "1 of our clients had said after the
news... 'We'll be able to sleep again...' this is how seriously
these small businesses need this cash grant and for Local
Authorities to be dragging their heels is simply not on; we need
a process, we need a timescale."
In a communication seen by Ratcliffe, on Monday, 4 May 2020,
Manchester City Council had said:- "We are now waiting for
our funding allocation and detailed guidance to help us to
develop our local scheme. When we receive this we would aim to
update our website and issue a further press release within a
few days of receiving the detailed guidance. From what we have
seen up to now there is additional criteria and information
required, including demonstrating the detrimental impact on the
business due to COVID19 and evidence that other grants and
support has not been received. We therefore need to be
absolutely clear on what we need and who is included before we
start inviting applications. As soon as we get this information,
we will publish something on the website."
Ratcliffe adds:- "Following the news last weekend,
everyone was so excited, but now it's fallen flat; we are now
months into this crisis and no support is forthcoming from those
who missed out"
The news is mixed from across the UK:-
► A Flexible Space operator reported clients, in centres,
located within:- Barnsley, Manchester, Stockton, East Riding,
Sefton and Burnley have received their cash grants.
► A serviced office provider, within Cirencester, says all their
clients who were eligible have now received their grants.
► Cheltenham Council has apparently received ₤1.2m of cash to
distribute, enough for just 120 small businesses, but again are
awaiting guidance on how this should be distributed.
► Serviced office operators in London say it's a lottery as some
Local Authorities simply do not have the capacity to deal with
enquiries and can offer no help.
► Manchester City Council is awaiting guidance.
Jonathan Ratcliffe, from
Offices.Co.UK's Call to action...
"It seems either the Local Authority is being proactive and
releasing the cash immediately, or they are waiting for guidance
and criteria on which businesses should be given the grant. We
need every serviced office tenant who hasn't received their
grant to email their MP and local Business Rates department
today and ask why!"
LGA responds to ONS
figures on Social Care Workers
RESPONDING to latest
ONS figures showing Social Care Workers are twice as likely to
die from COVID-19 than healthcare workers, Cllr Ian Hudspeth,
Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community
Wellbeing Board, said:- "These shocking statistics are
another tragic reminder about the essential need for our vital
social care workers to be fully protected and equipped to look
after themselves, as well as our most elderly and vulnerable.
The Government's online PPE ordering system needs to be fully
operational as soon as possible, so that councils and care
providers can directly request that critical protective
equipment gets to the frontline where it is desperately needed."
Is the United Kingdom
THE UK Government is
now split with the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland,
Wales and Scotland keeping the:- "stay home"
message and England will now be using the slogan:- "Stay
alert." Within England, however, Prime Minister Boris
Johnson's new message has been branded as:- "very
confusing and dangerous."
The Government in England will be moving away from the action
plan that was published on 3 March 2020, saying that from
Wednesday, people will be able to sunbathe in their local parks,
exercise as much as they want, including playing sports, but
only with members of your own household and the ability drive to
other destinations in England only.
They also say that:-
► The advice and slogan within England only will change from:-
"Stay at home" to "Stay alert."
► People within England returning to work should avoid public
transport where possible.
► A new 5 tier alert system, like one the UK uses for terror
threats, will be employed by a biosecurity centre.
► It is hoped that from 1 June 2020, Primary schools could open,
but only in a best case scenario.
► Plus, if all goes well, we could also see more shops and the
hospitality sector reopen sometime in July, depending on
Also the Government is now advising people in England to wear
face coverings in enclosed spaces, where social distancing isn't
possible. This will not be law and only advised. People are also
being asked not to use medical masks, as it could result in
shortages for the NHS.
The UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy to re-build can
be seen by clicking on
What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree with Liverpool City
Council who are warning we are risking a 2nd wave as we still
have very high infection rates in the North West? Do you agree
with Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron and Tourism Bosses
in Cumbria, who are worried about people overloading the local
area and pleading:- "Please don't rush back to the Lakes
Do you agree with Manchester's Night Time Economy czar Sacha
Lord, who is saying that business needs more help for longer
term plans for support and recovery, before any moves can be
made to reopen?
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Total UK cases
COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and
THE latest COVID-19
pandemic fatalities of UK Hospital patients that have died in
the UK after testing positive for the virus, on 10 May 2020 has
gone up to:- 210, taking to total to:- 32,065. Current the
number of Laboratory confirmed
COVID-19 infections has also risen by 3,877 to 223,060. Within
England, Department of Health said that the total of UK
confirmed cases is:- 136,873. North West now has had a total of:-
confirmed cases, both current and historical. Current Hospital Laboratory confirmed cases
within the following Local Authorities, in and around the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,509 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 860 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,129 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 696 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 347 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,167 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 927 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 1,031 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,334 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 963 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 687 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 998 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 903 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 666 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 642 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 549 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 943 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 367 confirmed cases.
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
11/05/2020. Last updated 4.04pm 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 11 May 2020 Video