data Immediate impact of lockdown on trades people
THE website Rated
People' have released statistics on how the
trades people industry has been affected over lockdown. We are
told that after the UK went into lockdown, they saw a 48% drop
in homeowners posting jobs within the North West.
The trades that were initially worst affected:-
1) Stoneworker, 100% down.
2) Painters and decorators, 78% down / tillers, 78% down.
3) Bathroom fitters, 72% down.
4) Window fitters, 70% down.
5) Kitchen specialists, 67% down / roofers, 67% down.
The trades that initially fared the best:-
1) Gardeners, 29% up.
2) Removal services, 19% up.
3) Tree surgeons, 4% up.
4) Security specialists, 9% down.
5) Gas/heating engineers, 43% down / cleaners, 43% down.
Over 27 April to 3 May 2020, they found that trades people had
29% less jobs being posted than they had at the beginning of
March before the lockdown. The trades that were suffering the
1) Stoneworkers, 92% down.
2) Loft conversion specialists, 60% down.
3) Tillers, 57% down.
4) Bathroom fitters, 55% down.
5) Painters and decorators, 53% down.
The trades that were faring the best:-
1) Tree surgeons, 69% up.
2) Gardeners, 19% up.
3) Removal services, 6% down.
4) Plumbers, 19% down / Window fitters 19% down.
5) Locksmiths, 20% down.
4 May to 10 May 2020, a spokesperson for the website, Rated
People', said that:- "We have 26% less jobs
being posted than we had at the beginning of March before the
lockdown, so the gap is closing further; albeit slowly!"
The trades currently suffering the most:-
1) Stoneworkers, 83% down.
2) Security specialists, 73% down.
3) Locksmiths, 70% down.
4) CCTV specialists, 58% down / gas / heating engineers, 58%
5) Painters and decorators, 57% down.
The trades that are currently faring the best:-
1) Tree surgeons, 100% up.
2) Gardeners, 53% up.
3) Bricklayers, 8% down.
4) Window fitters, 11% down.
5) Plumbers, 13% down.
Do you agree with Rated
People's findings? Please
let us know who the lockdown has affected you, by emailing us
Local MP reacts to
traffic and other issues as day
trippers flock to Sefton's Coast
have contacted me yesterday and overnight regarding the traffic
and parking issues around Formby Beach over the last 24 hours. I
contacted Andy Cooke, Chief Constable of Merseyside Police,
yesterday and he responded by saying he would send Officers to
the area to talk to people especially those in groups which are
clearly not from the same household. The problem is the guidance
the Government has now issued regarding travel and exercise, and
meeting up with others, has led to severe difficulties with
enforcement of social distancing. People are allowed to travel
from as far away as they like, and stay for as long as they
want. The Government guidance to stay home and stay safe was
much clearer and I would urge people to do that wherever
possible. It is not right that people in Formby must risk
another surge in Covid-19 cases due to the numbers of visitors
coming to the area from across the North West. I expect all
visitors to the Sefton Coast to park responsibly and take their
litter home. Although many do so, too many do not and this has a
huge impact on the lives of residents. I have asked Sefton
Council to update me on the actions they are taking following
yesterday’s events. It’s an ongoing issue and one that is not
easily solved, but further parking restrictions may be
appropriate, as well as rethinking how the matrix signs are used
to provide information to visitors. I contacted the National
Trust earlier this week, and they said they had opened their car
parks in response to the new Government guidance, in order to
take the pressure off local residential streets. They have, this
week, unfurloughed staff and will have the Formby sites staffed
this weekend and the toilets open. They tell me there will also
be charging in place on their car parks this weekend. Many
residents express concern that in an emergency, Fire and
Ambulance vehicles would not be able to gain access to homes
around the coast, due to queuing traffic and obstructive
parking. I have asked North West Ambulance Service and
Merseyside Fire and Rescue to comment on this." Bill
the sand left by mindless day trippers
ON 20 March 2020, the
Merseyside coastline was inundated by people who flocked to the
sea, as temperatures climbed. Sadly, along with the other issues
that this coursed, the litter will now pose a danger to others
and to wildlife for years to come. This is just some of the
litter we have found in a very small area, on a sand dune in
Formby. Sadly, this has started to become a regular issue, even
when we are not in a pandemic, but the numbers this time where
even higher and so is the mess that has been left. The rubbish
now poses a health hazard and an environmental hazard, not to
mention a danger to other visitors to the area for years to
come. Both Sefton and National Trist Rangers and many locals,
like Hightown's volunteer Beach Cleaners and the volunteer group
Friends of Crosby Beach do a fantastic job trying to clean this
mess up each time it happens, but this time they risk infection
as well! Many locals have said that:- "This is a direct
consequence of poorly worded and thought-out Government
Guidance." What do you think and how do you think
this issue can be resolved in the future? Please email us to:-
Also, please join the conversation on our Facebook
Page about this issue.
countryside responsibly CLA urges
AHEAD of the bank
holiday weekend, the CLA is calling on the public to act
responsibly while enjoying the countryside. CLA Director North
Dorothy Fairburn said:- "We fully recognise that the
nation will want to make the most of our beautiful countryside
following lockdown restrictions being eased. Those using the
countryside should, especially under current circumstances, be
conscious that it is also a place of work where the:- land,
livestock, machinery, wildlife and environment must be
respected. Following advice from Defra and Public Health
England, we urge the public, when on their daily exercise, to
maintain social distancing requirements, keep dogs away from
livestock and leave gates as they find them. We are also calling
on the public to be pragmatic and avoid hot spot tourist areas
that are particularly busy this time of year. It's important
that we all act responsibly and check car parks, for example,
are open before travelling."
For information on the Countryside Code; which details the
responsibilities for visitors to the countryside and those who
manage the land; click
study has revealed 1 in 10 UK couples say lockdown has led them
to plan a new baby
A new study has found
that 1 in 10 couples are planning for a January patter of tiny
feet. Those most likely to plan for a lockdown baby live in
London (18%), the North East (18%) and Yorkshire and The Humber
(14%), according to research by financial comparison experts
7% of couples have already fallen pregnant while forced to
isolate under the new quarantine regulations, according to the
34% of couples said they are taking the opportunity to make more
time for each other whilst conforming to:- 'stay at home'
We are told that they have now prepared a parental calculator on
website that is designed to
easily show would be parents how much maternity and paternity
leave they can afford to take off, according to their personal
Salman Haqqi, personal finance
expert at Money.Co.UK, said:- "It definitely looks like we
can expect a lot of lockdown babies to be born in early 2021.
Ensuring you are financially prepared for the arrival of a new
addition to the family is really important, so if you are
considering getting pregnant now is the time to start budgeting
to avoid any costly surprises when the bundle of joy arrives in
Lockdown has meant many couples are spending much less money, so
can use that additional disposable income to press ahead with
plans to have a baby.
23% of couples said lockdown has meant they've had the
opportunity to save money and try for a baby immediately. And
yet, for most, the decision is an emotional 1 rather than a
mathematical 1. 51% said planning a baby is ruled by their
heart, with 49% admitting the decision is ruled by their head.
Under lockdown, what's the most popular way to break the happy
news that a new baby is on the way? 17% of expectant couples
will tell their loved ones their happy news through a video call
via Skype, Zoom or other video apps. 16% would call their family
on the phone, 15% will wait until lockdown is over and 12% would
tell their family in person but at a safe distance.
Lockdown has made family far more important than ever before,
the report shows. 3 in 10 of those polled say they appreciate
their family more than ever since lockdown started. And 28% say,
as a result of being quarantined, they plan to make more time
for their family after lockdown. Another 34% say they now speak
to their family more than they ever did before lockdown.
The change in the priorities of UK families means a new baby
boom could be on the cards too.
Salman Haqqi added:- "While having a child at any time is
a true moment of happiness for everyone involved, it can also be
a time of nervousness and worry. It is important to note that
for most couples, 'is having a baby affordable' is the prime
motivation behind their planning. With this in mind we've
developed our parental calculator; which is designed to offer
some reassurance to would be parents. Simply answer a few
straightforward questions about your personal financial
circumstances and our calculator will show you how much
maternity and paternity leave you can afford to take off. It is
also clear we are spending much more time together as families
and we are not getting on each other's nerves either; in fact,
just 6% say lockdown has led to family fall outs, with 30% of
the UK claiming lockdown has changed their priorities and made
them realise family is now much more important to them."
Total UK cases
COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and
THE total number of Coronavirus
(COVID-19) that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK,
has risen by 2,615 cases
and the total number now stand at 250,908, that
includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not
included in the 4 National totals. The daily number of
laboratory confirmed UK cases is 146,662, as of Sunday,17 May
2020. The total number of deaths of people who have had a
positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS
laboratory is 36,042. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK
fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 338
according to the Department of Health. In England, there are a
total of 144,984 confirmed cases. North West - total of 24,295
confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,572 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 900 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,204 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 744 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 380 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,420 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,035 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 1,132 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,482 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,025 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 770 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 1,130 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 978 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 747 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 693 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 653 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,024 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 396 confirmed cases.
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
21/05/2020. Last updated 4.09pm 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)..
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
UK Government Coronavirus Press
Conference on 21 May 2020 Video