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expresses disappointment over Visitor Guidance
CARE England, the
largest representative body for independent providers of Adult
Social Care, has expressed disappointment that the Department of
Health and Social Care took so long to deliver guidance on
visitors to care homes. "This guidance should
have been with care providers last month. We are at a loss to
understand why the Department of Health and Social Care cannot
act quickly in a crisis or why it is deaf to the comments and
input from the sector."
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England,
As the rest of the country unlocked in June, Care England
produced its own guidance for Learning Disability providers, but
stopped short of providing guidance for services for older
people in the belief that it would be delivered by the
Department of Health and Social Care:-
The DHSC guidance, published today can be found at:-
Care England is concerned that the guidance does not address a
range of issues including:-
► Supported living.
► Insufficient information about Local
► Support staff ratios.
► Lack of information around how a
dynamic risk assessment may affect the frequency of visits.
Martin Green continues:-
"This guidance fails to consider the issues around visitors and
residents leaving the care setting. As lockdown lifts we are
likely to see many care providers and relatives wanting to take
their loved one out for visits. Also, we need to look beyond
outdoor visits and recognise that these new conditions may be
with us for quite some time. The failure to acknowledge this
nuance underscores the lack of governmental understanding of the
complexities present within the Adult Social Care sector."
New report reveals the obstacles holding back UK's ethnic
NEW research, published
by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), shows ethnic
minority businesses (EMBs) contributed a staggering ₤25 billion
to the UK economy in 2018, equivalent to the economic
contribution of Greater Manchester, but many are being held back
by barriers which hinder their growth. The report reveals:-
called:- 'Unlocking Opportunity'
has highlighted the economic value of ethnic minority businesses
in the UK.
► EMBs are more innovative and more likely to export than their
► EMBs are often detached from mainstream business support, and
struggle disproportionately when it comes to accessing finance.
► COVID-19 has brought structural inequalities in the UK to the
fore, with many EMBs on the COVID-19 coalface, including corner
► A new report from
The research, carried out in association with Aston University's
Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME),
found that ethnic minority business owners were more likely to
export than non EMB owners in every region.
EMBs were found to be more innovative than non-ethnic minority
firms, with 30% of EMBs engaging in recent product or service
innovation, 11 percentage points higher than their non-EMB
Many ethnic minority entrepreneurs have struggled to access
external finance to help their business survive and grow. To
unlock the full potential of the UK's EMBs, the report calls on
the Government to introduce a scheme to improve ethnic minority
access to external finance.
An FSB member who owns a marketing agency said:-
"I think the lack of networks is a factor in access to finance.
I have a PHD and a MBA. My digital marketing agency is
successful, so I feel I have all the things investors say they
want from candidates that are seeking investment, yet I'm
Over a 16 year period, nearly 30% of people on average in the
Black population were typically involved in thinking about,
setting up or operating a business venture, nearly twice the
level of the non-ethnic population. However only 3% of
respondents over time have been reported as running a start up
or a young business with limited variation between sub groups.
This suggests that a high number of nascent black entrepreneurs
do not realise their vision.
As the COVID-19 recession unfolds, the employment gap between
ethnic minorities and non-ethnic minorities is likely to worsen.
The report recommends that the Government should recognise the
important role that self employment can play, and that the New
Enterprise Allowance should be scaled up to help people into
The report also calls for a comprehensive and regular national
study of ethnic minority entrepreneurship in the UK, so we can
better assess trends and target business support. Improving our
understanding of how ethnic businesses are evolving is key to
understanding the changing needs of all small businesses.
Michael Sandys, FSB Merseyside and Cheshire Area Leader for
Liverpool City Region, said:-
"This new research shines a spotlight on the important
contribution made by ethnic minority businesses to the UK
economy. If we unlock opportunities for ethnic minority
entrepreneurs, this will benefit the UK as a whole. We know from
this research that EMBs are incredibly innovative and the
Government must harness this by ensuring they are not left out
of national strategies and are able to play a vital role as part
of a diverse public procurement framework. As we look to the
immediate economic impact of the pandemic, we know from research
by the Enterprise Research Centre that many EMBs have less
resilience than the business population as a whole. With a high
proportion of EMBs operating on the 'metaphorical frontline' in
their communities, the Government should look to target business
support, especially as EMBs traditionally have had lower
engagement with mainstream support. Alongside the economic
contribution EMBs make, we must also note the vital role they
play in contributing to the social value in our communities, by
creating jobs and wealth, but also enhancing the social fabric
in our society, something which is much harder to quantify, but
has been demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic. FSB is
committed to championing an inclusive small business community
that moves away from a '1 size fits all' approach to policy, and
towards 1 that caters to the ever changing needs of different
ethnic minority businesses."
Director of CREME at Aston Business School Professor Monder Ram,
said:- "This landmark study by CREME, the ERC and
FSB provides a compelling business case for ethnic minority
entrepreneurship. It highlights the vital contribution of ethnic
minority businesses and demonstrates their strengths in trade,
innovation, and entrepreneurial growth. The qualities will be
indispensable to the post COVID-19 recovery."
2021 Application Round Deadline Extended
"DUE to ongoing
pressures faced by the industry in light of the COVID19
pandemic, we recognise the difficulties that applicants may be
facing in terms of submitting entries to this year's Civic Trust
Awards scheme. We have now taken the decision to extend the
application deadline by 7 days. The online application system
for the 2021 Civic Trust Awards, Pro-Tem Awards (for Temporary
Projects & Installations) and AABC Conservation Awards will now
close, at 5pm, on Friday, 31 July 2020. The Civic Trust Awards
has also been affected by the fallout from the pandemic, we have
seen a reduction in applications so far this year in comparison
to previous years. As all organisations working through these
challenging times, we would greatly appreciate your support in
order that we maintain the Awards scheme's 62 year history. As a
not for profit organisation, we rely on the support of
applicants, members and sponsors. Please see link below to
support us as through membership.
Download the 2021 Application
Guide which includes step by step instructions on how to
complete an online entry to each of the awards schemes."
Civic Trust Awards.
Liverpool FC and Merseyside Police say:-
"Stay at home!"
THE champions will
receive their latest piece of silverware in a special ceremony
on the Kop following the match against Chelsea Football Club,
but both Merseyside Police and Liverpool FC have said fans must
not go to the area. Liverpool FC have said:-
"Tonight, an evening we've dreamt of for
some time... But please don not come to the area, celebrate at
home! We will all celebrate together when it is safe to do so.
For now, stay safe and celebrate at home, Reds."
Merseyside Police's dedicated Liverpool FC Twitter account
posted a tweet directly addressing fans, trying to stop rumours
about the Cup being shown outside the grounds. The statement
reads:- "Rumours are circulating on social media
about the team making an appearance outside Anfield tonight.
This 100% will NOT happen. The only place to watch tonight's
celebrations is on TV. Please listen to the advice of your
manager and players. It's what they want."
Fan groups have also said:-
"Liverpool remains the most deprived district in England despite
an influx of regeneration cash and a Government drive to reduce
inequality in recent years. This makes the local community even
more venerable, so if you don't value your health, please think
of others. Stay at home and celebrate! True fans will stay at
Liveforce truly believes it will be possible to weather this
REVEALING the truth
behind the impact of Covid-19 in their benchmark report by
Liveforce.co gives a voice to the event and promo
staffing industry. Following a survey sent to over 6,000 event
professionals, this report measures the business impact of
Coronavirus, analyses recovery strategies and forecasts the
future for UK event and promo staffing agencies. "No
longer able to sit by and wait for things to unfold, our team at
Liveforce wanted to provide a degree of certainty in an
uncertain time; even if those certainties have a negative
starting point!" Greg
Lusk, Co-founder, Liveforce.
Covid-19 has had an impact on every part of our lives and its
lasting effects are a concern for everyone. The events and
promo industries have been hit particularly hard, with 55% of
event staffing agencies predicted to run out of cash within the
next 6 months. Despite generating an estimated ₤70bn to the UK
economy and providing 700,000 jobs, the industry as a whole is
in a phase of uncertainty. "We are not in the same
boat. We are in the same storm! But very different boats!"
Michael Wyrley Birch, CEO, TRO.
The aim of the report is to benchmark the industry with a fact
based, emotion free indication of how professionals in the
industry are coping, what has helped thus far and what the
future may hold. Find out when the industry is predicted to
return to:- "normal."
how event and promo staff feel they've been treated by their
agencies and who is likely to go out of business before the
market returns. It’s not all doom and gloom! "78% of
staff still want to work in the Events and Promo sector despite
the effects of Covid-19"
Armed with knowledge Liveforce truly believes it will be
possible to weather this storm. The report is available
₤541,000 awarded to North West charities helping provide food to
those in need
FOOD aid charities in
the North West have received more than ₤541,000 in Government
funding to help those struggling to get food as a result of the
Coronavirus crisis. 12 charities in the Region have benefited
from money from Defra's Food Charities Grant Fund, with grants
ranging from ₤30,000 for small charities to ₤110,000 for large
organisations. Since the Government's Food Charities Grant Fund
was launched in May 2020, 65 charities across England have been
awarded more than ₤3.5 million, providing millions of meals to
those in need. The grants are designed to provide immediate
support to charities helping to feed those suffering from the
impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak, including the elderly,
those who have left home due to domestic abuse, or those who are
struggling financially. The Food Charities Grant Fund was part
of a wider ₤16m funding pot, announced in May, which has seen
millions of meals provided to thousands of front line charities,
with a wider programme delivered by FareShare and WRAP (Waste
and Resources Action Programme).
"Charities across the North West are doing an amazing job of
getting food supplies to the most vulnerable in our society. We
know that these organisations are seeing a significant increase
in demand, and some have had to scale up their operations so
that they can help as many as possible in their communities.
That is why we're committed to giving them the extra support
they need at this time.”
Food Minister Victoria Prentis said:-
Manchester based the Bread and Butter Thing has received a
₤110,000 grant. The charity, which has operated since April
2016, works with 33 hubs across Greater Manchester and
Darlington but has centralised and upscaled its operation to
support a network of partners across the North of England.
The Port Grocery Community Food Club, based out of Trinity
Church in Ellesmere Port, was awarded almost ₤40,000 to support
its work addressing food waste and food poverty in the
community. Those signed up to the scheme pay ₤5 per week to
receive fresh and frozen food worth around ₤16 to ₤20.
Eggcup is a surplus food redistribution centre in the Lancaster
City Council district, which led a consortium of community food
groups that were awarded ₤30,000. It has used the money to buy
food, with volunteers and permanent staff members providing
additional food to people experiencing hardship during the
Mark Game, CEO at the Bread and Butter Thing, said:-
"This donation comes at a critical time as we upscale to
cope with a 460% increase in demand for our services. Since
April, we've moved to a bigger warehouse, opened 6 new hubs and
taken on new staff, volunteers and facilities, so we are
grateful to Defra for its support of TBBT and our partners at
this challenging time."
Mike Steenkamp, Director at The Port Grocery, said:-
"The funding we have received from Defra has enabled us to
buy in much needed food that we are distributing, by means of
home deliveries, to members of our community in need.”
David France, Project Manager at Eggcup, said:- "The
Defra crisis funding has provided an essential short term boost
at a time when the supply of surplus food has been erratic.
Using the funding, we have been able to get a good and balanced
range of food to people at the height of the crisis."
Other North West charities that have received funding include:-
Community and Business Partners (East Lancashire) = ₤30,000.
Tree of Life Centre, Wythenshawe = ₤30,000.
Westview Community Association (Lancashire) = ₤30,000.
Lancashire Crisis and Information Centre = ₤36,000.
Blackpool Food Bank = ₤72,468.
Carlisle and District Federation of Community Organisations =
James in the City (Merseyside) = ₤39,200.
Homes (Burnley) = ₤64,285.71.
Further guidance on how to access food and other essential
supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic is available on Gov.UK.
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region
THE total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by
560 cases and the total
number now stand at
296,377, that includes tests carried out by
commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National
Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be
110 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
In England, there are a total of 255,038 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 44,539 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 2,485 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 1,546 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 2,049 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 1,199 confirmed cases
► Halton, 697 confirmed cases.
► Blackpool, 1,035 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen,
1,223 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown
Numbers up by 18 cases.
► Bolton, 1,922 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 1,308 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,011 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 2,225 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 6,907 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 3,059 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,939 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 1,775 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,667 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 1,552 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 1,302 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 2,150 confirmed cases.
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