Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-07-15

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This page last updated on 15 July 2020

The Sefton Discretionary Grant Fund will close on Friday

YOU are ONLY eligible to apply for a Discretionary Grant if you have commercial premises and associated fixed property costs such as:- mortgage payments, rent, building insurance, utility bills prior to the 11 March 2020 that can be evidenced. Please read the guidance and FAQ's before applying. You will need apply online at the following link.

You are NOT eligible to apply if:-

You are eligible or have already received a Grant from Sefton Council Business rates of ₤10,000 or ₤25,000

You work from home.

Other eligibility conditions; see the guidance document and frequently asked questions.

The Sefton Discretionary Grant Fund will close on Friday, 17 July 2020, at 5.00pm!

Please note:- the Discretionary Grant is being administrated by a small team; It's not part of Sefton Business Rates or InvestSefton, if you have a query please email them on:- DiscretionaryGrant@Sefton.Gov.UK and they will respond.

Calls for compulsory face coverings in offices, not just shops

RESPONDING to the announcement that Andrea Leadsom MP will carry out a review into how to improve health outcomes for babies and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board, said:- "Councils have led their communities through the pandemic and will continue to play a crucial role in providing children from disadvantaged backgrounds with the support they need during this initial formative stage in their life. We share the commitment of the review to reduce inequalities and to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life. It is vital that it recognises the need for a joined up approach across all public services and Government departments, in order to ensure future generations of children and adults are healthy. The importance of early intervention and prevention services for children and families cannot be overstated and we are keen to work with the review to ensure Councils have the right resources to support infants and parents when they need it most as part of a long-term sustainable funding settlement for early help and support services."

LGA Responds to Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman's report about the Homelessness Reduction Act

RESPONDING in a public statement about the Homelessness Reduction Act, issued by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, Cllr David Renard, who is the Housing spokesman for the Local Government Association, said:- "This report provides helpful insight into how Councils can best meet the requirements of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA). Councils fully support the principles of the HRA. However, significant and ongoing funding challenges have limited their ability to fully deliver the Act and prevent homelessness. In 2018/19 alone, Councils overspent on homelessness services by a combined total of ₤140 million due to an increase in demand for homelessness services, and a lack of affordable housing to accommodate people at risk of homelessness. Since the start of the Coronavirus crisis, Councils have worked incredibly hard to get the overwhelming majority; nearly 15,000; of rough sleepers into housing. This is a momentous achievement, but has exacerbated funding issues. Councils continue to face significant extra cost pressures and huge income losses as a result of the pandemic. Councils need to be fully funded for service delivery and loss of income so that they can effectively deliver the Homelessness Reduction Act and keep people from experiencing homelessness. We would like to see the Government temporarily remove the No Recourse to Public Funds condition during the current crisis to reduce public health risks and pressures on homelessness services by enabling people to access welfare benefits. We are also calling for a ban on Section 21 or "no fault" evictions to be introduced as soon as possible to keep people out of homelessness, and for Councils to be able to keep 100% of receipts from Right to Buy sales so they can build more homes."

33,270 households were initially assessed by Local Authorities as homeless between October and December 2019, and therefore owed a relief duty, an increase of 12.3% from October to December 2018.

LGA analysis of overspending in Councils' homelessness services found that 69.3% (226) of Councils responsible for housing in England (326) overspent their homelessness budgets. Councils planned to spend a total of ₤502.7 million in 2018/19. Yet they ended up overspending by a combined total of ₤140 million; almost a third more than they had budgeted for.

To read the Homelessness Reduction Act report, please follow this link.

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 538 cases and the total number now stand at 291,911, 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
85 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 45,053.

In England, there are a total of 250,885 confirmed cases. North West - total of 43,686 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 2,474confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 1,524 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,038 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,198 confirmed cases

► Halton, 693 confirmed cases.

► Blackpool, 1,030 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 1,098 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,874 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 1,287 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,987 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,205 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 6,783 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 2,983confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,886 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 1,662 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,639 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 1,536 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 1,267 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 2,138 confirmed cases.

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