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Residents can turn to ELAS
scheme after Furlough ends
SEFTON residents who find
themselves in financial difficulty following the end of the Government's
furlough scheme may be able to seek support from Sefton Council. The Local
Authority's Emergency Limited Assistance Scheme (ELAS) is available to support
local residents who are experiencing severe hardship, a disaster or emergency.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing,
said:- "We understand that when this scheme comes to an end there will be
a number of people who will feel directly impacted and in need of temporary
support. If you need urgent help with the costs of food, winter coats, gas,
electricity or emergency travel and do not have money to get them we may be able
to help through ELAS. We may also be able to assist If you need essential
domestic appliances because you are setting up home, moving from care, have
suffered a disaster or have had to move due to violence or fear of violence."
To find out more about ELAS or to apply visit:-
MP urges Chancellor to help
businesses and workers facing a furlough "cliff edge"
A Merseyside MP has called for
more targeted support for workers impacted by the end of the Government's
Coronavirus income support schemes, saying many businesses and staff face
"a cliff edge." Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson said the Chancellor was
pulling the plug on support schemes for the employed and self employed:-
"at the worst possible time."
With many industries still negatively affected by Coronavirus restrictions, and
further restrictions possible in local lockdowns, Mr Esterson said it was time
for the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to announce measures to support jobs and the
economy beyond the end of the current schemes, in October 2020. Mr Esterson, who
has been a vocal campaigner for the "excluded" workers who have so
far been offered no support, said:- "The Chancellor said he wouldn't pick
winner and losers in this crisis, but by refusing to make simple creative
amendments to plug the gaps in his job and income support schemes, he really has
created winners and losers. Now with the job retention scheme and the self
employed income support scheme coming to an end, millions more workers risk
seeing their income reduced to zero through no fault of their own. Support is
still needed in many industries and the Chancellor should be looking at how he
can offer this targeted support, rather than simply withdrawing it completely in
what amounts to a cliff edge for businesses and workers. This will add to the
jobs crisis facing the country."
The Chancellor's self employment income support scheme (SEISS), along with the
Coronavirus job retention scheme, will end next month. The SEISS paid some self
employed workers 80% of their average earnings for three months, and 70% of
average earnings for the following three months. But many self employed people
were excluded, including company Directors who pay themselves through dividends,
anyone with average earnings over ₤51,000, and the self employed who earn less
than half their income through self employment. Mr Esterson said:-
"There are an estimated three million workers who have had no support at all
during the crisis, many of them self employed, and the end of the furlough and
self employed schemes risks adding millions more to those struggling to pay
their bills and keep a roof over their heads. Dynamic, innovative businesses are
the backbone of the British economy. We can't let them go to the wall due to
this crisis when what they need is support during this time that they cannot
operate fully so that they can be part of the economic recovery in the future.
The Chancellor has failed to put in place any support for the self employed who
have been excluded from the current schemes, and now he plans to cut off support
for every other worker, whether they are back at work or not, whether the area
they work in is continuing to suffer from restrictions, and whether they work in
an area under local lockdown. With this 1 size fits all wind down, he's pulling
the plug at the worst possible time. Britain's entrepreneurs, innovators and
freelancers don't need a permanent helping hand, just targeted support to see
them through the crisis until they get back on their feet. There is also a huge
issue about sick pay for the self employed who may be unable to work due to
being in quarantine either with symptoms or because they have been in contact
with someone who has tested positive. Without support in place, it makes it
difficult for some workers to follow the restrictions properly, which we need
people to do to stop this virus. What the Government is doing is pushing people
towards a financial cliff edge."
Businesses who put staff on furlough during the crisis were able to claim back
80% of workers' salaries, up to ₤2,500 per month per worker. From 1 July 2020,
some workers were put on "flexible furlough," working some of
their usual hours and receiving furlough pay for the rest. From 1 August 2020,
employers were asked to pay National Insurance and pension contributions for
workers on furlough. From 1 September 2020, the employer was asked to pay 10% of
wages, rising to 20% in October. A ₤1,000 "job retention bonus" will be
available to businesses for each worker they bring back from furlough.
In total, 9.6 million jobs were furloughed, a third of all employed staff. It is
thought that around 13% of jobs were still furloughed at the beginning of
August. In some sectors the percentage was higher, including the:- media, arts,
entertainment and recreation (51%), accommodation and food services (27%) and
transport and storage (19%). Mr Esterson said:- "4 million workers
are still on furlough and they risk becoming unemployed at the end of October
2020. It is alarming that this week the deadline passed for beginning
consultation on redundancy if a business is looking to cut more than 100 staff.
The Chancellor needs to assess what impact the end of the furlough scheme is
going to have on the unemployment figures and act now to save jobs and
livelihoods. The Government needs to target wage support where it is needed
most: in the arts, hospitality and tourism industries as well as others."
In a speech on Tuesday, 15 September 2020, the Labour leader Keir Starmer
suggested measures to address the impact of the furlough scheme ending,
including rewarding employers who give people hours rather than cut jobs;
providing training and support for those who can't come back full time; and
targeting sectors most in need; including retail, aviation and those hit by
The Government has argued that universal credit is available to all those who
are looking for work, but figures from the Labour party show that the benefit on
average covers only half of someone's income, and for single people it is less
than a third. Mr Esterson said:- "The Government tells us that those who
have fallen through the gaps in these schemes can claim universal credit, but we
need a stronger safety net than that, or we could see many people losing their
homes as well as their jobs."
Sefton Council working with
HSE to make sure Borough's businesses are Covid Secure
SEFTON Council has joined forces with
the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to build upon the work that has already
been done to make sure the Borough's businesses are Covid Secure.
From Monday, 21 September 2020. to help tackle the spread of Coronavirus, spot
checks will be carried out on businesses in the Borough to ensure they are
managing their Covid19 response and control measures in line with current
The HSE will be supporting the Council's Environmental Health enforcement teams'
local efforts to help protect staff, customers and visitors from infection.
Checks, in the form of phone calls and follow up visits will focus on businesses
in the hospitality, beauty & hairdressing and the warehousing sectors where the
Council has responsibility for the enforcement of health and safety legislation.
During the checks, advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers,
customers and visitors will be provided. Where businesses are not managing,
immediate action including enforcement notices and stopping certain work
practices until they are made safe, could be taken. Businesses that fail or
refuse to comply could face prosecution.
Cllr Paulette Lappin Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance
and Corporate Services said:- "We are talking to local businesses and
inspecting sites across Sefton to understand how they are managing risks in line
with their specific business activity. Becoming Covid Secure is a legal duty and
needs to be the priority and we know the vast majority of our local businesses
are trying hard to get this right by putting the necessary measure in place. We
appreciate the efforts business owners and managers are making and have
undertaken this work with the HSE to provide any further advice and support they
HSE and Local Authority inspectors report they have been finding some common
issues across a range of sectors. These include failing to provide arrangements
for monitoring, supervising and maintaining social distancing, and failing to
introduce an adequate cleaning regime particularly at busy times of the day.
Bosses are being encouraged to work with their employees when implementing
changes, to help increase confidence with workers, customers and the local
Cllr Lappin continued:- "All businesses of any size, in any sector can
receive an unannounced check to ensure they are Covid Secure although we will be
focusing on the sectors we think will be most likely to benefit from this help.
Making sure that businesses have measures in place to manage the risks and
prevent the spread of Coronavirus will help reduce the chances of a second local
lockdown and the harmful effect that will have on Sefton's economy."
The Government's latest information and guidance for business can be found at:-
LGA responds to
the extra ₤546m infection control social care funding
RESPONDING to the announcement
of the Infection Control Fund being extended to March 2021
and an extra ₤546 million to be made available to care
providers, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local
Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:-
"Social care has been on the frontline throughout this
pandemic and we need to continue doing all we can to shield
and protect older and disabled people living in Care Homes
and those receiving care in their own homes. We are pleased
the Government has accepted the calls from Councils and care
providers for this funding to be extended, as we head into
the winter period and face the possibility of a potential
second wave of infections. This extra funding and regular
testing of those who use and work in social care needs to be
supported by addressing other important issues, such as
ensuring everyone in the community who needs a test can
receive one, together with a consistent, reliable supply of
PPE for frontline staff. Taken together, this will help
Councils' public health teams to reduce and prevent
Coronavirus outbreaks in their areas. Cross party talks on
finding a long term, sustainable funding settlement for
social care also need to start urgently."
issues letters update on Care Sector Covid19 measures
SEFTON Council and Local
Authorities across the Liverpool City Region have written to
the care sector including residential Care Home owners and
managers to update them on measures required by the
significant increases in Covid19 confirmed cases across
Letters have also been sent to Schools setting out new
requirements for visiting adults. The Government has placed
the wider Merseyside area on the "area of concern
watch list" meaning that our testing data is being
reviewed daily by the Government and Public Health England
and if increases continue, restrictions could be imposed.
Therefore, to protect their vulnerable residents,
Merseyside's Councils are asking Care Homes to limit
interactions with people from outside who may be carrying
In a press release, Sefton Council
said:- "Protecting our most vulnerable residents has
been a priority for Sefton Council since the start of the
pandemic, which is why, regrettably, we are instructing Care
Homes to limit visits into Care Homes.
The following visits will continue, but we will be reviewing
this position on a weekly basis:-
Essential visits by health
Visits from families and
relatives to those residents who are receiving end of life
care may continue subject to robust risk assessments.
Garden visits subject to risk
All other non-essential visits
and visits by family members into Care Homes are suspended
until further notice.
To maintain contact with family members the Council is
encouraging people to keep in touch with their loved 1
through digital channels, such as Zoom or WhatsApp, and we
will support Care Home staff to facilitate safe contact in
Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult
Social Care said:- "We know this will be a
disappointment for Care Home residents and their families
across the City Region and we acknowledge the hard work our
Sefton Care Homes have undertaken to manage the risks of an
outbreak, but it's vital we take this action to prevent
Covid19 getting into Care Homes and spreading among
residents. Younger people are less likely to be affected
seriously by Covid19 and are often asymptomatic and our
concern is that when they visit they will unwittingly pass
the virus on to their vulnerable relatives for whom
Coronavirus could be very serious or even fatal."
Sefton Council's letter also explains to care sector
providers that it is working with Council colleagues across
City Region to ensure a coordinated response to rising
numbers of Covid19 cases. This work includes requirements
around a consistent approach to the Government's recently
introduced:- 'rule of 6.' This includes
considering the benefits and risks of people returning to
day services, their transport arrangements and the number of
days they may be able to access services.
In the letter, Sefton Council expresses its ongoing
appreciation that care providers are all doing their best to
support people and keep them safe. It also highlights the
need to be aware of the risks posed by groups of people
coming together while also taking the needs of service uses
and their families into account. Cllr Cummins added:-
"With numbers of Coronavirus cases rising across the Region,
it is important that we weigh up the significant benefits
our day services can provide for users and their families
with the risks of groups of them coming together to use
them. We are working closely with our colleagues across the
City Region to ensure we are taking a coordinated and
proportional approach that ensures people can understand
what is happening and what is not and that no 1 is missing
out because they are a resident of a particular area."
Sefton Council has told care providers it will be arranging
a meeting with them in the coming days to discuss the
concerns and questions and they may have. Schools have been
told that from now on, all adults will be required to wear
face coverings when visiting or entering the School premises
and just 1 adult will be able to enter the premises for drop
off and pick up. Parents and carers dropping off or
collecting their children are being asked to arrive and
leave promptly and not to congregate at the School gate or
in the playground. Also, School staff are being asked to
wear face coverings when they come out onto the playground.
Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and
Safeguarding, Cllr John Joseph Kelly said:- "It is
important that our children get back to School and resume
their education and I would like to thank all of our
teachers, Schools and education staff, parents and carers
and the pupils themselves for working with us to achieve
this as safely as possible. However, we know that since the
Borough's Schools have re-opened, we have seen a number of
class and year bubbles as well as School staff being sent
home to isolate owing to positive test results or people
showing Coronavirus symptoms. I'm pleased at the way each of
these Schools has dealt with the circumstances by following
Public Health England guidelines and liaising with the
Council to manage the situation. With number of Covid19
cases rising across the Region and Merseyside having been
identified by the Government as "area of concern" we now
need to introduce these extra measures to help prevent the
spread of the virus. We know that children and younger
people are less likely to be affected seriously by Covid19
or may even be asymptomatic but the concern is that they
could take the virus home to potentially vulnerable
relatives for whom Coronavirus could be very serious or even
In the letter to Schools, the Council also says that further
new measure maybe necessary in the future. Cllr Kelly
added:- "I hope these extra measures will help reduce
the virus spreading in our School community and prevent more
pupils and staff being sent home, but if they don't, we may
have to contact Schools about potential further measures."
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
total number of UK
Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 3,395 cases and the
total number now stand at 381,614, that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in
the 4 National totals.
The number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be 21 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 41,705.
The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
988. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 124. Daily
number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 134.
In England, there are a total of 329,213 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 64,308 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number
1,986 confirmed cases.
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
Blackburn with Darwen, 2,194
Blackpool, 1,201 confirmed cases.
Bolton, 3,589 confirmed cases.
Bury, 1,953 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,609 confirmed
Cheshire West and Chester, 2,338
Lancashire, 9,810 confirmed
Manchester, 5,335 confirmed
Oldham, 3,455 confirmed cases.
Preston, 1,792 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 2,685 confirmed cases.
Salford, 2,353 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 2,267 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 2,411 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 1,924 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,819 confirmed cases
Wigan, 2,678 confirmed cases.
Daily reported Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK
as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st
laboratory confirmed positive Covid19 test.
Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
Previous 24hr Data
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