Hospitality industry to register for Eat Out to Help Out
RESTAURANTS and other
establishments serving food for on premises consumption can now
sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs
in the Hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely
return to dining out. The Eat Out to Help Out registration page
went live this morning on GOV.UK, allowing businesses to join
the scheme announced last week by Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of
the Exchequer. Restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments
who use the scheme will offer a 50% reduction, up to a maximum
of ₤10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink in
throughout August 2020. Customers do not need a voucher as
participating establishments will just remove the discount from
their bill. Businesses simply reclaim the discounted amount
through an online service, supported by HM Revenue and Customs
(HMRC). Claims can be made on a weekly basis and will be paid
into bank accounts within 5 working days. The scheme is open to
eligible establishments across the UK and can be used all day,
every Monday to Wednesday, between 3 and 31 August 2020.
Businesses will receive a window sticker to show they are using
the scheme and can download promotional items from GOV.UK.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:-
"Restaurants and other eligible establishments are now able to
support jobs by signing up to a place on the Eat Out to Help Out
Scheme. HMRC’s quick and easy registration page will soon have
you on your way to welcoming back your customers with discounted
dining on every Monday to Wednesday throughout August 2020, with
a simple process to reclaim these discounts back from the
Government each week."
Jim Harra, Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary of
HMRC, said:- "The Hospitality industry is among the
sectors worst affected by COVID-19. The Eat Out to Help Out
Scheme will deliver support to around 130,000 businesses,
including restaurants, cafes and bars serving food and drink,
helping to protect 1.8 million jobs across the UK. Registering
is easy, and we urge businesses to sign up early so they are
ready to use the scheme when it starts on 3 August 2020.
Businesses have made great efforts to re-open their sit down
services safely in line with social distancing guidance, so
people can feel confident to dine out again. Businesses can find
information about the scheme and how to register online at
You can register for the Eat
Out to Help Out Scheme if your establishment:-
► Sells food that is intended for
consumption on the premises when purchased.
► Provides its own dining area or
shares a dining area with another establishment for eat in
► Has registered as a food business
with the relevant Local Authority on or before 7 July 2020.
► Businesses can register to be part
of the scheme
A searchable restaurant finder tool will be available to the
public before the scheme launches on 3 August 2020. The scheme
can be used by diners who order food and/or drinks for
consumption on the premises. Alcohol is excluded from the offer.
Further information for businesses, including how to register
and make a claim, is available
The discount can be used unlimited times and will be valid
Monday to Wednesday on any eat-in meal, including on
non-alcoholic drinks, for the entire month of August 2020 across
MP backs calls for BA to
lose landing slots in redundancy row
MP Bill Esterson has
backed calls for British Airways to be stripped of their right
to prime landing slots if the airline follows through on
redundancy threats. The MP said the airline was treating its
staff "disgracefully" by putting the whole
workforce on notice of redundancy. Unions say it is a ploy to:-
"fire and rehire," using the Covid-19 crisis to
remove staff from their current contracts and bring them back on
less favourable terms.
The Sefton Central MP said:- "I have signed the Unite the
Union pledge to call for a change to legislation so that huge
airlines such as British Airways can be stripped of their right
to prime take off and landing slots if they do not act
responsibly. Staff have been treated disgracefully by the
company which has put the whole workforce on threat of
redundancy. The fear is this is a ploy to fire all staff and
rehire most of them on diminished terms and conditions. It is
not acceptable and BA need to know there will be a financial
penalty. Parliament must use its full authority to protect
Shadow International Trade Minister Mr Esterson has signed a
pledge calling on the Prime Minister to ensure that:- "if
British Airways continues to attack its own workforce and
imposes drastic and unnecessary cuts, the Government will act
and amend slot regulations to end the current form of allocation
including ’legacy’ or ’grandfather’ rights."
Legacy rights are the entitlement to certain time slots at
airports for landing and taking off. Grandfather rights refer to
the right to retain that slot indefinitely as long as it is used
by the airline 80 per cent of the time. British Airways owns the
rights to more than half of the slots per year at Heathrow.
The Union Unite wants British Airways to save jobs or face
losing these rights. The pledge also calls for Parliament to
have the power to:- "set additional local criteria that
incentivise internal investment, social responsibility and
connectivity in return for slot allocation."
The Union says on its website:- "British Airways is the
only company proposing to fire all its 42,000 staff and re-hire
those that survive on inferior terms and conditions of
Unite have called BA a ’cash cow’ for its owners
and called for its allocation of lucrative landing slots to be
reviewed. The Government does not have the right to allocate
take off and landing slots, but from 2021 Parliament will have
the power to set local criteria in return for slot allocation.
Chief Executive of
Care England's comments about the UK's immigration announcement
ON 13 July 2020, the
Government set out further details on the UK’s points based
system. These new arrangements will take effect from 1 January
2021, once freedom of movement with the European Union (EU) has
ended. Care England, who are the largest representative body for
independent providers of adult social care, has expressed
disappointment that adult social care is to be excluded from the
Government’s points based immigration
system. The Chief Executive of
Care England, Professor Martin Green OBE, has commented:-
"Despite repeated calls from both adult social care and the NHS’
own representative bodies, including the Cavendish Coalition,
the Government has failed to pay any dues to the sector’s
specific needs thus leaving us out in the cold. This is
particularly worrying given the wider context of the instability
which COVID-19 has placed upon the adult social care sector. The
impending threat of the international workforce supply being
turned off has the potential to de-stabilise the sector even
further with potentially disastrous consequences. We must ensure
that all efforts are made so that adult social care is perceived
as a good career choice on a par with the NHS. In order to do
this we need to see substantial investment from Government
rather than short term sticking plasters. There will be a
continuing need for overseas staff until the Government delivers
a proper workforce strategy for social care and also the money
required to give the staff the salaries and conditions they
richly deserve. Our staff are our best resource and we want to
reward them as such."
incinerators set new record for Merseyside manufacturer
A global waste
management specialist has completed its 1st ever air freighted
incinerator system in record time, to help United Arab Emirates
Hospitals manage Coronavirus infected waste. Inciner8, based in
Southport, Merseyside, has manufactured a series of COVID-19
incinerators, developed video based installation tutorials,
installed a range of remote monitoring systems, and created a
bespoke logistics and air freight solution with the Etihad
An emergency order was placed for four high capacity burners
when medical and hazardous waste levels soared, as COVID-19
cases spiked in the UAE. As a result, this required the systems
to be delivered in under a fortnight and be capable of burning
up to 1,000 kilos of waste an hour, for ten hours every day.
and built 2 200 kilo and 2 300 kilo burners at its HQ in
Southport, in under a week. After being air freighted by Etihad,
teams were able to install the incinerators at several Hospitals
throughout Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in a matter of days. The whole
process took 11 days and ensures that all waste related to the
Coronavirus disease is treated with high flexibility at various
Ghazi Sadledein, international sales manager for Inciner8,
said:- "This is a typical to the usual process of
installing one of our incinerators overseas. Usually, without
global travel restrictions, we would ship freight the individual
components of an incinerator and send out an engineer who would
work with the team on the ground to build and install the
system. During the process, the engineer would train the team in
how to safely load waste, what should and shouldn’t go into a
burner, how to maintain a safe capacity and much more. But due
to the urgent nature of this request, and with the extra
challenge of international lockdown due to COVID-19, we have had
to take different steps, instead opting for air freight and
undertaking our tutorials via video conference and pre-recorded
Inciner8’s bespoke solution also had to be configured to
specific weightings and dimensions in order to be transported
safely. Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad
Aviation Group, and the national carrier to the UAE, was
appointed to transport the incinerators. To maintain social
distancing rules currently in place in the UK, Inciner8
developed a series of tutorials for logistics staff at Heathrow
Airport to safely load the systems onboard.
Ghazi said:- "We have
had to implement as much plug and play technology into these
systems to make them as simple as possible to install in the UAE,
but understanding the intricacies of correctly packaging them
for a safe flight added another layer of complexity to this
order. Our ability to overcome this, and with such a short
timeframe presented to us, is demonstrative of why we have a
reputation for being an international manufacturer which can
immediately mobilise, especially in such situations as we see in
this COVID-19 era."
Abdulla Mohamed Shadid, managing director, cargo and logistics
services at Etihad Aviation Group, said:- "We are proud to
have been entrusted with the air transportation of this
equipment into the UAE. We continue to work alongside strategic
partners and local entities to support the concerted national
efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic."
In 2019, Inciner8 was announced Export Company of the Year at
the Liverpool Chamber Business Awards and was shortlisted in the
International Company of the Year category at the Insider North
West International Trade Awards. It has previously shipped its
incinerators around the world to tackle epidemics such as SARS
and Ebola, and its products are used in more than 170 countries.
Ghazi added:- "COVID-19 is proving a much more high
pressured situation than other pandemics due to its global
footprint and the speed in which it is ending lives. Its high
infection rate means any materials that come into contact with a
patient must be destroyed, and Hospitals and care settings
around the world are feeling the pressure to effectively destroy
these products. Incineration is the only guaranteed, safe way of
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region
THE total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by
530 cases and the total
number now stand at
290,133, that includes tests carried out by
commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National
Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be
11 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
In England, there are a total of 250,007 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 43,544 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 2,465 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 1,522 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 2,038 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 1,200 confirmed cases
► Halton, 693 confirmed cases.
► Blackpool, 1,029 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 1,074 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 1,867 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 1,286 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,983 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 2,203 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 6,764 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 2,959 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,882 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 1,645 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,637 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 1,535 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 1,259 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 2,135 confirmed cases.