Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-07-24

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This page last updated on 24 July 2020

MP backs 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 happen."

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.

Public asked to support local independent media by asking UK Government to help

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 Survive."

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 in lockdown.." 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 industry’ 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 company Genscape.

► 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 market.

In the area of local news, just 5 conglomerates control 80% of all titles (Gannett, JPI Media, Trinity Mirror, Tindle and Archant).

So that is why independent publishers need more support than ever.

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 do?

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 media off.

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 clicking onto:- here.

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 ever!

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

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 totals.

Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was reported to be
123 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 45,677.

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 warning
     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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