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This page last updated on 23 June 2020
The LGA Responds to latest
ONS data on Coronavirus deaths
RESPONDING to the
latest ONS figures on Coronavirus deaths, which show that deaths
involving COVID-19 as a percentage of all deaths in Care Homes
decreased to 17.3% in the week to 12 June 2020, compared with
23.4% in the previous week, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the
Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:-
"Our thoughts go out to those family and friends who have lost
loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. Each of these
figures represents another life tragically lost to this dreadful
disease. While the total number of deaths due to Coronavirus
continues to thankfully go down, it is seriously concerning that
nearly a 3rd of these still happen in Care Homes. Social care
remains on the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus and
excess deaths in Care Homes continues to be higher than the 5
year average, compared to Hospitals which have seen a decline,
leaving our older people and most vulnerable at risk. Councils
are doing all they can to protect those in Care Homes, as well
as those receiving care in their own homes. Every Council in
England has prepared plans on how to support all Care Homes in
their areas to control and prevent future infection outbreaks,
working alongside the NHS locally and with Public Health
England. The Government needs to ensure that Councils and social
care services have all the resources they need for the weeks and
months ahead. The LGA is working closely with the new National
COVID-19 Social Care Support Taskforce to tackle these issues
and help guide social care through this current crisis and
Statement on the
Government's announcement on the reopening of outdoor
playgrounds on 4 July 2020
THE Register of Play
Inspectors International (RPII)
is the UK body for examining, accrediting, and certificating
inflatable, indoor and outdoor playground inspectors to ensure
that playground safety standards are adhered to and is endorsed
by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The RPII said that:-
"While we are pleased that the Government has finally announced
the date for the reopening of outdoor playgrounds in England, we
are aware that some owners and operators of playground
facilities have halted safety inspections of playgrounds
altogether during the lockdown period. The Register of Play
Inspectors International (RPII) is therefore today calling for
all playground owners to carry out an in depth inspection prior
to the reopening of any facility and ensure that all inspection
schedules are brought fully up to date. The RPII is expecting
playgrounds to be very heavily used, especially with the warm
weather that we are currently experiencing and the eagerness of
the public to start using them again, so it is vital that
playgrounds are thoroughly inspected to ensure a satisfactory
level of safety is in place. Owners and operators of playground
facilities also have a responsibility to open playgrounds safely
and remove any temporary barriers that may have been put up
during lockdown which may also be hazardous."
The RPII is providing the following
guidance for families that plan to visit a playground safely:-
► If the playground facility you visit
has not yet officially been opened, please do not attempt to
use, or access the equipment or area.
► Do not remove any temporary barriers
to the playground or plastic fencing or unravel any swing seats
or cables that may have been secured to put them out of use;
this must be done safely by the owner or operator of the
► Follow the current social distance
guidelines when visiting and encourage your children to do the
► If the playground is busy, consider
coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this
possibility before visiting.
► Wash your and your children's hands
before and after visiting. Take hand sanitiser with you and
consider taking a bottle of water for if your children's hands
get covered in mud. Ensure your children are using hand
► Follow and adhere to all current
Government advice in addition to the above guidance.
More easing of Lockdown but
possible new side effects of Covid-19 found
THE sting in the tail
of Covid-19 for those who have recovered after being in Hospital
could well be long term lung damage. This comes after NHS
England said Doctors following up on those affected had found
those treated since Covid-19 say they suffer from shortness of
breath, coughing, and fatigue. This has lead to the worry many
who had recovered could now be suffering from pulmonary fibrosis
(lung scarring) and tens of thousands of people being recalled
to the Hospital so that they can get scanned to see if they have
had permanent lung damage. This serious side effect of the
virus, which could have long term implications on those
affected, came as the Government said restrictions in England
will be eased again. The 2 metre rule will become
but will now be "1 metre plus"
from 4 July 2020. Also, 2 households, in England, will also be
able to meet indoors and stay overnight, with social distancing
being observed, from that date. But, the Prime Minister has
warned that all steps were
Relief for some pubs, but
others can't open from 4 July
THE Prime Minister
announced on 23 July 2020 that:- pubs, bars, cafes and
restaurants can re-open, with restrictions, on Saturday, 4 July
2020; something that allows some pubs to open, which is welcome,
but many others will struggle and require ongoing support from
the Government and sector.
The full list of the 10 Points to Save Pubs is:-
The reopening is subject to a 1 metre social distancing limit
plus a ban on bar service. Some pubs will therefore be opening
again, which is a great relief where they can do so (for
licensees and customers) but others won't or actually can't open
under the restrictions, depending on their layout; and face
closure as a result. So whilst welcoming the fact that some pubs
will be able to trade and serve their communities, the Campaign
for Pubs have called for support to save thousands of pubs,
until trading gets back to normal post Covid-19. Licensees and
brewers are also making clear that 11 days notice is simply not
enough – especially with the Government now expecting pubs to
collect customer data.
The Prime Minister's announcement also stated that bar service
is banned, something that is of course standard in all pubs, and
that pubs can only operate table service. The announcement also
stated that the Government are expecting pubs to collect
customer data, and have pledged to help pubs to do so. The
details of this help need to be released very urgently, because
with some pubs set to open in just 11 days, the unprecedented
task of such data collection and management may prove an
insurmountable burden on small businesses that have already had
to invest in alterations to allow opening in reduced trade.
There is still a lack of clarity over a number of things
including whether licensing restrictions will be eased to allow
outdoor service and use of all available spaces to make it more
possible to trade viably.
The 11 day notice is also unfair to independent brewers, many of
whom asked for longer to be able to brew and supply pubs, which
puts them at a unfair disadvantage compared to the large and
The Campaign for Pubs, the national grassroots campaign to
promote, support and protect pubs, published 10 Points to Save
Pubs; #10PointstoSavePubs last week; 10 key calls to the
Government and the pub sector to help pubs and publicans and to
prevent many pub closures. The first 2 calls; for an immediate
announcement confirming reopening plans and for the social
distancing rule to be dropped to 1 metre from 2 metres has now
been met but with no clear guidance on key things such as
customer data collection or liability. The Campaign for Pubs are
making clear that this guidance is needed now and that a proper
package of support is now needed, with pubs facing reduced trade
and some unable to trade viably at all.
The 10 Points to Save Pubs calls for a rent free period for all
pubs and a statutory right to a rent review for all pub tenants,
all of whom will be facing restrictions on their ability to
trade. It also calls for 5% VAT for 12 months to help pubs and
the hospitality and tourism sectors get back on their feet.
Further, it requests the Government to announce hugely overdue
business rates reform to commence by April 2021, and for
business rate relief for pubs until a new system comes in. In
addition, with pubs now facing the very real threat that
property owners and large pubcos will look to close and
redevelop many pubs at this difficult time, a 12 month
moratorium on all change of use for pubs is called for to
protect and preserve valued community locals up and down the
country. This is especially vital considering the very worrying
recent news that the Government is considering moving to a
"zonal" planning system where key decisions are taken away from
local Councils and handed to development corporations, something
which is strongly opposed by the Campaign for Pubs.
Following such a moratorium, the Campaign for Pubs are
campaigning for meaningful planning reform to stop viable and
wanted pubs being converted, developed or demolished.
1. A definite date for opening; now delivered.
2. Social distancing of 1 metre; now delivered.
3. Clear full guidance for pubs and insurance companies; not yet
delivered; pubs need real clarity about any physical
infrastructure requirements, and also about specific
responsibilities and liability issues, so that they can be
properly insured under fair policies which will be honoured.
4. Relaxation of licensing restrictions where extra spaces would
help smaller pubs operate more viably and safely; not confirmed.
5. A strong mandatory Covid-19 rent code of conduct including a
statutory right to a rent review for all pub tenants; must be
6. A rent free period for all pubs, and an extended period of
protection from landlords if rent cannot be paid; must be
7. Continued financial support for staff; extended fully paid
furlough where pubs are unable to viably/safely trade due to
continued Government restrictions; must be delivered.
8. VAT to 5% for at least 12 months; the only sensible way to
help with reduced margins, as any price increases would reduce
trade even further; must be delivered.
9. Business rates reform; announced now and implemented in April
2021; and rates relief for all pubs until a reformed system
comes in; must be announced, then delivered.
10. A 12 month ban on all change of use for pubs; pubs need
protection in the planning system now even more than ever - must
be urgently implemented as pubs are already being forced to
close and licensees are already walking away and being driven
out by rent demands
The Campaign for Pubs is urging all pub lovers to back the
#10PointstoSavePubs to stop many pub closures; and to call on
their MPs and the Government to back them too; and save pubs.
The Campaign for Pubs is a dynamic mass membership group, open
to all who love and care about pubs. Unlike any other sector
organisation, it unites publicans, pub campaigners, customers
and suppliers, including some of the UK's leading smaller
brewers. The Campaign for Pubs exists to provide a #realvoiceforpubs
and to campaign for a better, freer and fairer, more sustainable
pub sector. The Campaign for Pubs' mission statement lays out
this powerful vision.
The Campaign for Pubs costs £25 a year to join, or £40 for a
couple and members become part of a national network of those
who care about pubs and their future.
Commenting, Paul Crossman, Chair of the Campaign for Pubs and
licensee of 3 pubs in York said:-
"As Chair of the Campaign for Pubs, and also a practising
publican myself, I welcome today's announcement by the Prime
Minister and this move by the Government to help enable those
pubs that can open safely and viably under the new measures to
do so. The pub trade can only act in accordance with Government
advice and today's announcement was necessarily cautious, and as
a result it means that many publicans will need to make a
decision as to whether the guidelines will work for their
individual business or not. For a great many pubs, especially
smaller community pubs which generally rely on key periods of
high density trade to be viable, these measures will not make a
return to sustainable trade possible. We trust the Government
will respect the tough decisions that will have to be made in
many cases, and will recognise the importance of continuing to
protect these normally viable and hugely valued community assets
by extending the support necessary to allow them to survive and
reopen when the time is right."
Commenting, Phil Saltonstall, MD of Brass Castle Brewery and
Brewer Coordinator for the Campaign for Pubs said:-
"I welcome the Prime Minister's statement for the direction that
it now provides us in beginning to reopen UK pubs. This
announcement however, comes far too late for many smaller
independent breweries to meet the July 4th opening date; where
beer production times are usually significantly longer than
large industrial breweries. The Government has failed to meet
its own timetable and this late announcement now favours those
larger breweries. We are very conscious of the risks that we
have to manage now to protect our hospitality workers, as well
as our customers, as we seek cautiously to reopen pubs, tap
houses and other community hubs. For many venues, those
continued risks and necessary restrictions will make reopening
unviable, if not impossible."
Victoria MacDonald, Campaign for Pubs Committee member and
licensee of two pubs (1 an 11 bedroom inn) in Norfolk said:-
"Giving publicans just 11 days notice is really unhelpful, but
to announce also that pubs have to collect customer data is just
not reasonable. The Government themselves have failed to get a
track and trace system in place, yet now expect already stressed
licensees to do this for them? It really isn't good enough and
many pubs won't be able to open so there must be a package of
support for pubs. If the Government wants to preserve our
valuable pub culture, it needs to act and back the Campaign for
Pubs 10 Points to Save Pubs."
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Statement from Steve
Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, on further
easing of lockdown measures
THE Metro Mayor of the
Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, has issued the following
Statement:- "I know that many
people are keen to return to some kind of normality and given
the importance of hospitality and tourism to our local economy,
today's announcement will be seen as positive by many across our
Region. Any easing of lockdown carries risk, so I would urge
everyone to continue to act cautiously, to use these new
freedoms very carefully and remember that space on things like
public transport will remain limited for some time.
Disappointingly, we heard little today from the Prime Minister
to give us confidence that the test and trace scheme will be
operating properly when these restrictions are eased. Nor did we
hear details on how any local lockdowns; which he again
mentioned today; would work in practice, especially with regard
to how they would be enforced or funded. Our 6 local Councils
have already been left with a £241m black hole in their finances
because the Government has not yet kept to its promise to
provide 'whatever it takes.' Government is now presenting them
with a range of new challenges on testing and lock downs, so it
must also now give them the proper funding to continue meeting
those challenges in the next few months and beyond."
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 874 cases and the total
number now stand at 306,210, 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 171 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 42,927.
In England, there are a total of 159,328 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 27,129 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,676 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 974 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,362 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 765 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 417 confirmed cases.
► Blackpool, 680 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 423 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 1,055 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 815 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,235 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 1,341 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,835 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,720 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,152 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 882 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,085 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 863 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 881 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 1,231 confirmed cases.
UK Government Coronavirus Press
Conference on 23 June 2020
THE last Coronavirus press conference can
be seen by clicking below. Speakers:- Prime Minister Boris
Johnson, CMO England Prof. Chris Whitty and the UK's Chief
Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance...
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