Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-04-20

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CLA encourages small rural businesses to apply for government grants

THE CLA is encouraging rural businesses to apply for available government grants via their Local Authorities to cope with the financial impacts of COVID-19. Most Councils have written to eligible businesses in their area with a request to verify details in order for them to make appropriate payments.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Government announced it would provide support for small businesses affected by the Coronavirus lockdown, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

This support will take the form of two grant funding schemes, the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. Both schemes are delivered by Local Councils. The Small Business Grant is available to all small businesses.

The CLA which represents 30,000 landowners, farmers and rural business across England and Wales is urging owners of rural businesses to contact their local authorities if they have not yet had a notification letter from their Local Council, especially if they feel they are eligible.

In Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, 30% (around 500) of businesses are yet to apply for these grants. Similarly, Lancaster City Council has reported that 1,500 businesses are yet to apply. Northumberland County Council has established a:- 'business hub' which has resulted in it being amongst the top five Councils in England for the high level of payment support which, to date, amounts to ₤49million.

CLA Director North Dorothy Fairburn said:- "We recognise the invaluable support Government has provided to support businesses throughout this pandemic. We don't want eligible rural businesses to miss out on these grants as it represents a lifeline to safeguard such businesses as well as their employees in future. We appreciate that Local Councils will have their work cut out in sending out letters to businesses who qualify for such help, and accept that there would be challenges in the processing of such applications. We therefore encourage rural businesses to get in touch with their Local Councils, especially if they have not heard from them at this time."

CLA members who require help and guidance can contact the North Regional Office by telephoning:- 01748907070.

The CLA has published a dedicated advisory and information page (regularly updated) on the Coronavirus; which can be accessed at:- CLA.Org.UK.

Grants available:-

Businesses entitled to Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief as at 11 March 2020 are able to receive a grant of ₤10,000.

Businesses in receipt of a retail discount under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant with a rateable value of less than ₤51,000 are able to receive a grant of up to ₤10,000, and for those businesses with a rateable value of greater than ₤15,000, but less than ₤51,000 a grant of ₤25,000.

Grants can only be considered in those cases where the property has a current entry, as at 11 March 2020, in the rating list.

The property therefore must:-

Have a current rateable value.

Have a current business rate account.

Be paying occupied business rates.

Businesses seeking information should refer to the Government's business support website:- BusinessSupport.Gov.UK.

Prescot Festival Offers Literary Challenge during the Lockdown

WITH gatherings and events being postponed nationwide at the moment, a Merseyside town has decided that one aspect of its summer arts festival can go ahead as planned lockdown or no lockdown. Organisers of the Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts will press on with their annual Short Story Competition, and have announced that 'Dreams' will be this year's theme, opening a world of creative possibilities to prospective authors.  Now in its 9th year, the writing contest offers a ₤100 prize for the winner. Previous winning entries have included tales of wedded bliss gone awry, a whimsical wheelbarrow race with an elderly relative, and a haunting encounter at Lime Street Station. The contest is open to all unpublished fiction writers in the 6 boroughs of:- Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Halton, Wirral and Liverpool. There's a 1,000 upper word limit, but no minimum word count. In a change to previous years' requirements, submissions are invited via email rather than by post. The deadline is Friday, 29 May 2020. The full rules are online at:- PrescotFestival.Co.UK. The Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts was founded in 2005 in the historic Lancashire town of Prescot, Merseyside. The organisers continue to keep festival audiences up to date and occasionally entertained through their official website, and their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sefton Council business grants update

WE have been informed that following extensive communication and engagement, Sefton Council have received 3,100 applications for Business Grants over the last few weeks.

Sefton Council have commented:- "We are pleased to confirm that all these have been processed and any applications which are eligible and have yet to receive payment will do so by Tuesday. 21 April 2020, with funds being received by banks shortly after. The total value of payments to be made so far now stands at over ₤20 million. We will now continue to follow up and resolve any outstanding queries that exist from the original submissions. Additionally, advice and support to Sefton businesses will be provided by the team if required. We are aware that approximately 1,500 (30%) of targeted Sefton businesses have not yet completed the application process or made contact with the Council. We will continue to prioritise the processing of any additional applications from Sefton businesses. If you are an eligible business within Sefton and have not yet applied for a business grant, you can apply online."

For businesses in Sefton, it is worth noting that you can get further business support and advice at:- InvestSefton.Com.

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

THE total recorded number of confirmed Hospital COVID-19 fatalities was 16,509, up by 449 on the previous day. The number of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infections has risen by 4,676 to 124,743, according to the UK's Department of Health. Within England, there are a total of 93,030 confirmed cases. North West has seen a total of 14,328 confirmed cases. Current confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,145 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 647 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 788 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 478 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 263 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 2,096 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 575 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 604 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 852 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 640 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 464 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 437 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 559 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 324 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 335 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 375 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 462 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 231 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 20/04/2020. Last updated 3:59 pm GMT. Last updated 2:44 pm GMT..  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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