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This page last updated on 14 April 2020
City Council urges businesses to apply for support grants
LIVERPOOL City Council is urging small businesses to
apply for a Coronavirus support grant. The Council launched the
grant support scheme at the end of March and has now processed
almost all the applications it has received, providing ₤36m to
businesses. Council finance staff have worked through the Easter
bank holiday weekend to ensure hundreds of local companies will
get the money they need this week.
Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Gary Millar, said:- "We
fully appreciate this is a very difficult time for businesses
and we have a dedicated team working as hard as they can,
including over the Easter bank holiday weekend, to process
applications for grants. Over the last week, we have processed
more than 1,700 applications worth around ₤17 million and are
now able to deal with at least 400 applications per day. We have
also proactively contacted all businesses we have details who
are eligible, to let them know. It is really important that
businesses check on our website to make sure they are eligible
for the grants, and provide all of the information that the
Government have asked for, as that will speed up the processing
of their application."
The team have been processing an average of 400 applications a
day and there is currently no backlog in the process. City
businesses which have not yet applied are urged to go to:-
Liverpool.Gov.UK to secure
the emergency funding. All businesses, from any sector, with a
rateable value of ₤15,000 or below are eligible to apply for a
₤10,000 grant. To qualify they must have been receiving Small
Business Rates Relief and need to provide a bank statement from
the past 3 months. For businesses in the retail, hospitality and
leisure sector, with a rateable value between ₤15,000.01 and
less than ₤51,000, they may qualify for a ₤25,000 grant.
Qualifying businesses include:-
► Cafes, restaurants, takeaways and drinking
► Cnemas, music venues and nightclubs.
► Petrol stations.
► Gyms, leisure and sports facilities.
► Estate agents and letting agents.
► Betting shops and bingo halls.
► Car showrooms.
► Hotels and guest houses.
Due to the Easter bank holiday, the funds for the business
grants are transmitted on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 and will take
up to 3 working days to clear in bank accounts.
PEOPLE 1st and Lancashire County Council have introduced
a new, over the phone support service:- 'Keeping People
Connected,' that aims to support people who have, or may
have, learning difficulties and/or autism during the outbreak of
Covid-19. The service is built on People 1st's 30 years' of
experience working with and supporting vulnerable people, and
Lancashire County Council's commitment to supporting Lancashire
through the Covid-19 crisis. 'Keeping People Connected'
provides an over the phone service that connects those
in need of support with an experienced, friendly and specialist
People First CEO, David Blacklock said:- "We know people
with learning disabilities and/or autism can be extremely
vulnerable, this is of course magnified by the current
international Covid-19 crisis. As an organisation dedicated to
supporting people, we want to make sure that we are making a
proactive difference during these unprecedented times, to the
lives of people across Lancashire. Through 'Keeping People
Connected' we are able to develop a meaningful connection with
those who need our support; we can help to share information, to
provide companionship and to be a dependable presence at this
most unpredictable time."
The service includes regular and personalised calls. A member of
the People First team will be paired with a caller to understand
and assess their current situation. The team will be ready to
discuss health and wellbeing, food, medication, isolation,
support needs, safety and general issues regarding Covid-19,
social distancing and shielding. If you, or anyone you know, has
learning difficulties and/or autism, needs support, information
or just want to talk, get in touch today! Call:- 0300 303 0175,
or drop an email to:-
following incident in Southport
MERSEYSIDE Police has
arrested and charged a man with various offences following an
incident in Southport, on Friday, 10 April 2020. At around
1.15pm, officers were called to Victory Avenue to reports of an
assault inside a property. Following a containment, a man was
detained and arrested. Nobody was seriously injured. 29 year
old, Adam Cridge, from Southport, was charged with 3 counts of
battery; assault of an emergency worker; and affray and has
since appeared at Sefton Adult Remand Court, on Monday, 13 April
Total UK cases
COVID-19 Cases Update for Liverpool City Region and
UK Hospital deaths
are rose again by 713 leading to a total number of 11,329 of
deaths so far, but that is yet to include those who have
died within the care sector, within the UK. The total number
of lab confirmed COVID-19 infections has risen by 4,342 in
just a day, to 88,621, according to the Department of
Health, as it ramps up testing. In England, there are a
total of 69,329 confirmed cases. North West now has a total
of 10,027 lab confirmed cases. Current confirmed cases
within the following local authorities are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 882 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 469 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 526 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 369 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 194 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 1,532 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 410 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 386 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 643 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 464 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 365 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 296 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 364 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 267 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 233 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 276 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 332 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 152 confirmed cases.
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
13/04/2020. 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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