Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-07-14

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This page last updated on 14 July 2020


1 in 3 people in Liverpool have struggled with their mental health in recent months, with job security being the biggest concern

HAMPSHIRE, 14 July 2020; According to brand new research from CV-Library, the UK's leading independent job board, 1 in 3 (32.3%) people in Liverpool admit that they have struggled with their mental health over the past three months; and job security appears to be the biggest concern for working professionals.

The job board surveyed 2,000 workers to uncover how professionals have been coping during lockdown. The study reveals that these are the most common concerns professionals in Liverpool have had about work in recent months:-

1. I have worried about not being able to find a new job - 49.2%.

2. I have worried about losing my job - 42.9%.

3. I have worried about having too much work to do - 21.4%.

4. I have worried about money after being placed on furlough - 14.3%.

5. I have worried about having my pay cut - 7.1%.

Fortunately, it appears that workers feel supported by the company they work for during this challenging time, with 61.5% of professionals in Liverpool stating that they feel their employer is doing enough to support employees' mental wellbeing.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments:- "We know that the last three months have been a struggle for many people. Maybe you've been trying to work from home while looking after a family or have been placed on furlough and have lost all sense of a routine. It's not been easy and it's going to take a long time for life to go back to normal. So, it's important to make sure you dedicate time to looking after your mental health and wellbeing. While it's promising that people feel supported by their employers, we know that a lot of professionals worry about speaking to their boss when they're struggling. Remember that it's ok to admit that you're not feeling yourself, or to ask for time off from work if you need it. As Brits, we naturally tend to 'keep calm and carry on' but taking the time to switch off from work is important; especially when the lines between personal and professional life are often blurred if you're working remotely."

The study found that people who were unemployed were most likely to struggle with their mental health in recent months. In fact, the percentage rose to 37.5% amongst this group of respondents in Liverpool. Alongside this, 70.6% of unemployed people in the City said they've worried about not being able to find a new job and 23.5% have worried about finances.

Biggins continues: "When it comes to mental health, everyone has different triggers. From our findings, we can clearly see that there's a general concern around job security and I wish I could provide the nation's professionals with reassurance on that front. What I can say is that more jobs are being advertised every month, so keep an eye out for opportunities daily and spend a good amount of time on perfecting your applications and tailoring them to the role you're interested in. Putting in the effort now can pay off massively in the long run."


Calls for compulsory face coverings in offices, not just shops

THE UK Government has announced that wearing a face covering will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets, within England, from 24 July 2020. A software as a service (SAAS) company called Protecting.Co.UK, that makes software to allow businesses to create health and safety documents in minutes, has issued a statement saying:- "it's not good enough and anyone working in a public or private setting should be made to wear a face mask."

Since 11 May 2020, Government guidance has advised the public to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces, where they may come into contact with people they wouldn't usually meet.

A spokesperson for Protecting.Co.UK, Mark Hall, says:- "Since 15 June 2020, face coverings have been mandatory on public transport and now from the 24 July 2020, they will be compulsory in shops. We have 2 issues with this, why have we waited so long and why is it not mandatory for all workers to wear them? Matt Hancock is fully expected to confirm on Tuesday that Government guidance will be updated to make the wearing of face coverings in shops and supermarkets compulsory. Guidance for other settings will be kept under review, why?"

Protecting.Co.UK conducted a survey of 800 UK office workers asking if they were willing to wear a mask at work to protect themselves, their colleagues, members of the public, and their family's safety and found that 98% said:- "Yes, I am."

Mark Taylor, an office worker, from Addingham said:- "No matter how stupid I think I look, it's not worth the risk not to wear 1. I've been wearing one since the start of lockdown and no one has ever said anything negative to me, my kids say I look funny, but they said that before the mask"

Mr Nichols from London:- "I would be quite happy to ask people to wear a mask if they want to enter my shop, I'm staggered that people are not wearing them already."

Lizzie who works in ecommerce from Birmingham:- "I've asked my boss to make it mandatory for everyone in the office to wear a mask, but they say they are already practicing all the correct social distancing guidelines. Why is it not law for everyone to wear a mask in the office?"

However, not everyone was as keen, like Matthew, from Kent, who said:- "How am I supposed to buy a mask, I don't have 1 now and the shop won't let me in without out 1?"

It is expected that the new regulations will be made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, meaning those who fail to wear a face covering will face a fine of up to ₤100; in line with those payable for failing to do so on public transport.

The fine will reduce to ₤50 if paid within 14 days. Enforcement will be carried out by the Police. While shop employees should encourage compliance, retailers and businesses will not be expected to enforce the policy.

As they are on public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities would be exempt. A No10 spokesperson said:- "There is growing evidence that wearing a face covering in an enclosed space helps protect individuals and those around them from Coronavirus. The Prime Minister has been clear that people should be wearing face coverings in shops and we will make this mandatory from 24 July 2020."

Protecting.Co.UK have provided a free to use COVID 19 risk assessment that can be completed online or downloaded and adapted online.


"No DSS letting bans"

A heard by District Judge Victoria Mark, at York County Court, has ruled:- "No DSS letting bans" are contrary to sections 19 and 29 of the Equality Act 2010. The case was brought by the homeless charity, Shelter, on behalf of a single Mum who was in receipt of housing benefit. Does this affect you?


LGA issues response to the UK immigration point based system statement

THE Local Government Association (LGA) works to support, promote and improve local Government, representing more than 330 Councils, of all types, across England. Responding to the publication of further details on plans for the new UK points based immigration system, the Chairman of the LGA, Cllr James Jamieson, said:- "As a country we face significant skills challenges, with 1 of the most serious being in our Social Care system. We need to do what we can to ensure the Social Care workforce can be maintained. COVID-19 has resulted in a unprecedented shock to the economy and we must ensure that local and national economies have the workforces they need. A key issue for Councils will be business continuity and the ability to plan for the sustainability of essential public services and that local private and public sector employers have a steady supply of the skills they need to survive. Salary thresholds should be variable across sector and region, to reflect the needs of different employers, alongside a reformed and devolved skills and employment system to tackle the existing national skills shortages. During the pandemic, our Social Care workers have demonstrated more than ever how important and valued they are in caring for our loved ones. With 122,000 care worker vacancies, the Government needs to ensure that Social Care workers are included in the new health and care visa to help fill these vital roles. Social Care should be given parity of esteem with the NHS and other health professionals. This should be alongside the need for a long term, sustainable funding settlement for Social Care and we look forward to when cross party talks on the future of Social Care can begin."


Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 398 cases and the total number now stand at 291,373, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be
138 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 laboratory is 44,968.

In England, there are a total of 250,379 confirmed cases. North West - total of 43,602 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 2,470 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 1,523 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,039 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,195 confirmed cases

► Halton, 692 confirmed cases.

► Blackpool, 1,030 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 1,085 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,869 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 1,286 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,986 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,204 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 6,771 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 2,972 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,884 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 1,652 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,638 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 1,536 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 1,262 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 2,138 confirmed cases.


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