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Metro Mayor's bid for funds boost
MP Bill Esterson is
backing the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram's bid for a ₤1.4bn
funding boost for the Liverpool City Region. The Sefton Central
MP said the region needed support from the government to
"build back better"
following the Covid pandemic. Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said
the investment he was seeking would unlock ₤9bn of investment in
every area and create more than 120,000 jobs. Mr Esterson said:-
"Steve has my full support in his bid for Government help to
build more affordable homes, to support investment in green
energy, and support job creation. We're stronger when we work
together, and we need to build back better to emerge from this
crisis stronger than before and looking to a future which can be
better than before. Steve says there must be no return to
business as usual, and I completely agree. We need to build a
region that is fairer, greener and more innovative and I'm
backing Steve's bid for the investment he needs to make this
Southport Park & Ride services are back on the road again
SEFTON Council is
pleased to announce that from Monday, 27 July 2020, the
Southport Park and Ride service will be re-commencing. The
service will be running from the Esplanade every 10 minutes,
through the Town Centre and on to the Southport Eco Centre, from
07.30 to 18.30, Monday to Saturday, and from 10.00 to 18.30
Sundays, at just ₤2 per car. Passengers will be asked to
practice social distancing whilst waiting for the bus and to
wear a face covering when they are travelling on the bus to
protect themselves and other passengers. We are also advising
passengers to sanitise their hands as soon as possible before
and after travel, with hand sanitiser stations located within
the Southport Eco Centre. It's great news to be able to have
this incredibly popular service back on the road, helping
tourists, shoppers and commuters to get around the local area.
Please note that it has not been possible to open the public
toilets in the Eco Centre due to social distancing guidelines.
to support local independent media by asking UK Government to
THE Media and Arts
Sector have been massively hit by the Covid-19 pandemic
world-wide. Here, the UK Government has helped nearly all
sectors of society, but they have continued to ignore the
creative and media industries. Sadly, independent publishers
have been completely overlooked as have models, actors,
photographers, reporters, and more. Not only that but Liveforce
has released a very shocking report that says: -
"55% Of Event and Promo Staffing Agencies Have 6 Months Left to
The COVID-19 crisis has created a perfect storm for independent
news providers in the UK. Results of a survey by Ethical
Journalism Network, published on 12 May 2020 found:-
"95 % of UK independent publishers receive no Government support
Yet as we move into August, still no help has come!
The clock is ticking now as we face an imminent financial hit,
which many independent groups will find it hard to go on, as the
economic landscape forces them out of business.
While ₤35m has been allocated to the ‘newspaper
in order to save lives by providing essential information to the
public, and support the press, this money is not reaching the
local independent news sector.
Considering the fact we are making a huge deal about the Russia
Report and their influence on our media and indeed Government we
forget that most of the media is now dominated by US-controlled
or influenced firms, so having a truly local voice that is
regulated, is even more important than ever.
Currently, the UK’s regulated media is dominated by just three
companies (News UK, DMG and Reach) who take an 83% chunk out of
the National Newspaper market:-
► News Corp UK & Ireland Limited is wholly owned subsidiary of
the American mass media conglomerate News Corp.
► DMG Media, formerly Associated Newspapers, is owned by a US
► Reach PLC was formerly Trinity Mirror PLC. Is the only one of
the three who is mostly UK owned.
With online newspapers, just 5 companies (News UK, DMG, Reach,
The Guardian and The Telegraph) dominate some 80% of the UK
In the area of local news, just 5 conglomerates control 80% of
all titles (Gannett, JPI Media, Trinity Mirror, Tindle and
So that is why independent publishers need more support than
The massive mountain faced by these local publishing businesses,
who often contribute heavily to the local communities is exactly
like climbing Mount Everest alone.
To put it into scale, when even the big names are struggling to
pay their bills, as advertising revenue falls due to the
financial pressure on businesses. What can the smaller setups
On 7 July 2020, even Reach, the only UK based firm in the top
three, which owns the Daily Express, says revenues have dropped
30% during the pandemic. They are now planning to cut jobs as it
struggles to balance the books. If you think it is just
the hard copy that is being hit, on the TV and radio side, the
situation is also getting worse and many of the stations are
also planning to cut jobs. But it is also worth adding that most
of the big names in broadcasting are US-controlled or
influenced, so this could spell disaster for the UK's culture
and political landscape as the UK moves away from the EU.
Online the digital landscape is overwhelmingly dominated by
Google while the most popular apps like Instagram and WhatsApp
are owned by Facebook. They have for a long time been putting
pressure on the regulated media, by pushing advertising costs
down to ridiculous levels and giving very little back to the
publishers who contribute to them or see advertisers use them
over local publishers, thinking they will get better results as
they are bigger names.
Covid-19 could kill our highly creative and supportive local
Many of them lead the way and blaze a path that bigger groups
later follow, once all the risks have been highlighted by our
independent publishers. The UK must give support now or they
will be lost forever.
The power the local small independent publisher can have is
often overlooked by many. For example, Bellingcat, a small
independent UK based, IMPRESS regulated news outlet identified
the two men who allegedly poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
Even throughout lockdown, 60% of independent publications have
been going beyond traditional journalism in their response to
the crisis; providing direct support to the communities. But
they are under threat.
The local regulated papers are the ones that tell you properly
what is going on in your community, they champion what is
important and push necessary information for you.
Please share this post can encourage more people to share it. We
also need you to lobby your MP’s and local and regional
businesses to support ther local independent media.
Also, both the PINF and ICNN
have come together to launch the Save Independent News campaign.
Please sign go onto the campaign sight and sign the petition by
Without independent media in
the UK, the risk to our society shows a real and present danger.
If the UK is to succeed after Brexit, it will need more than
ever the creative industries and its independent media more than
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
770 cases and the total
number now stand at
297,914, 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 reported to be
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 256,428 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 44,866 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 2,497 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 1,551 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 2,055 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 1,199 confirmed cases
► Halton, 698 confirmed cases.
► Blackpool, 1,039 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen,
1,267 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown
Numbers up by 24 cases.
► Bolton, 1,929 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 1,312 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,016 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 2,227 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 6,972 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 3,084 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,986 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 1,801 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,672 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 1,561 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 1,334 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 2,155 confirmed cases.
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