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This page last updated on 25 June 2020
LGA issues response to
latest Test and Trace service figures
the publication of the NHS Test and Trace service figures for
the period 11 June to 17 June 2020, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman
of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board,
said:- "We all need to do whatever is possible to get this
pandemic under control. It is good that the NHS Test and Trace
scheme is up and running and vital that the system works as
planned and that the majority of people continue to do their
civic duty and share their contacts. Today's figures show the
service has not yet been able to reach a ⅓ of people who tested
positive for COVID-19, whose contact details were unavailable or
incorrect or where there has been no response to text, email and
call reminders. This is concerning and Councils remain ready to
work with the Government so they can use their experience and
expertise to help contact and trace these people. Those testing
positive for the virus have a responsibility to help halt its
transmission and protect those most at risk, including older
people and those who are most vulnerable. It is good that more
data is being shared with Councils' Directors of Public Health,
which will help in our collective efforts. With the right
powers, flexibilities, data and long term funding, Councils can
maximise their capabilities, skills and experience, to help
ensure the programme is run effectively and is sustainable."
District Councils respond
to support for pubs, cafes and restaurants
THE District Councils'
Network (DCN) who are a cross party member led network providing
a single voice for 187 District Councils has responded to the
licensing and planning changes made by the Government for pubs,
cafes and restaurants. The representative, Cllr Mark Crane,
District Councils' Network lead member for stronger economies,
said:- "District Councils, as
the Authorities responsible for high streets and Town Centres,
who know every pub, café and restaurant in their local area,
will be doing all they can to help food and drink outlets reopen
and make sure customers are able to enjoy them in as safe and
secure a way as possible. As the lockdown eases however, it is
important that everyone plays their part and continues to
exercise maximum care and caution. District Councils have
already implemented a range of measures to keep people safe,
such as creating more pedestrianised spaces, providing floor
markings and signage, more frequent street cleaning, and
adapting market places to allow safe trading. But even after a
few drinks, we need members of the public to respect these
efforts, and take extra care when visiting their local high
streets and Town Centres during this challenging period."
The LGA views on the DFE
RESPONDING to the
latest Department for Education School's attendance statistics
which show that class sizes are increasing, Cllr Teresa
Heritage, Vice Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People
Board, said:- "Councils have a
strong track record of doing everything they can to rise to the
challenge of ensuring no child goes without a place and as many
pupils as possible are allocated their 1st preference, having
created more than 800,000 new places since 2010. However, it is
becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with demand. Councils
have a legal duty to ensure capacity but need powers to open new
Schools or direct academies to expand. This is the best way to
ensure as many children as possible get the places they want."
Bad parking, large crowds
and an ongoing pandemic
THE Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has
issued a warning that the UK Government has the power to close
beaches after major incidents were declared at Bournemouth, by
Christchurch and Poole Council, after thousands of people defied
advice to stay away and descended on beaches. Many other English
coastal areas have also reported that services were completely
overstretched or near breaking point, including Merseyside.
"We appreciate the fact that people want to go out and take
advantage of the weather, but it is so important that you do so
safely. While we want everyone to enjoy themselves, anti-social
behaviour and criminality will not be tolerated and Merseyside
Police will take action where necessary, as seen yesterday when
5 people were arrested after a group decided to congregate and
engage in anti-social behaviour to the detriment of other trying
to enjoy the good weather and beaches. We will remain in the
area today and will continue to respond to reports of people
forming large gatherings. The virus has by no means gone, so
please continue to abide by government guidance to ensure the
safety of yourselves and others."
On Merseyside, Police and Emergency Services have been working
hard to try and keep people safe and local communities from
being affected, but it has been the perfect storm as lockdown
easing and hot weather coincide, leading to major issues that if
not tackled soon, will end in disaster.
Merseyside's Coastline as with many other English coastlines
have been repeatedly hit with larger and larger tidal waves of
visitors as the temperatures rockets and lockdown eases off
within England. Sadly this week has seen massive problems on the
Merseyside beaches and sand dunes, leading to fires, drunk and
disorderly behaviour, drug taking, and extremely bad parking.
On Wednesday, 24 June 2020, Officers seized music equipment and
arrested 5 people at Formby Beach and that was just the start!
It has lead to a 48hr Section 34 Dispersal Zone being put in
place, in response to the incident, which will run until 2:30pm,
Friday, 26 June 2020.
Chief Inspector Andy Rankine said:-
Despite warnings and requests to stay away, people headed again
to the area on 25 June 2020, flooding the area with cars. Most
people parked sensibly, but a small majority parked badly,
resulting in residents getting upset, as they could not get out
of their drives. Traffic jams and delays also made hindered
emergency services when responding to call outs.
This tidal wave of vehicles were from all over the UK, with Taxi
Cabs from as far away as:- Wolverhampton and Birmingham, along
with some marked as Bristol and even Bath!
A local Police Officer said:- "We are doing very our
best to try and keep order, but we have had to respond to
accidents on the A565, Formby Bypass, plus other incidents all
over Merseyside, plus this. With Covid19 still a major issue,
this is an extremely dangerous time for us all."
A local Nurse who was on call commented to us:-
"The virus has not gone away and the amount of people here makes
me shiver. It is just... Sorry I'm lost for words! I'm on a call
out and I can't even get to park and visit my appointment. The
strain this is putting on the local areas resources is off the
charts. I understand why people would want to go to the seaside,
but is it really worth the risk?"
A Community Support Officer also said that:- "If
people want to go out, that is fine, but this just shocking.
People really need to think and act responsibly. I had a car
parked on the pavement of a junction. when the owner came back,
I asked if they would do this normally. The car driver said:-
'No!' So I then asked why they did it now, and they could not
A local resident also said:-
"I have had to sit on my drive now as I have had people parking
on it and on my lawn! This is totally unacceptable. People have
come out of lockdown and are just disrespectful. Where is all
that community spirit we had throughout the lockdown now?"
Many people are asking was it really wise not to have set a
stringent control on distances travelled, as have the other
British countries, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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Covid-19: Merseyside PCC
praises Force's '1st class'
response to pandemic
handling of the global Coronavirus pandemic has been
the region's PCC has said as she continues to scrutinise the
Force's response. Jane Kennedy oversees and scrutinises the work
of Merseyside Police through a variety of mechanisms, including
quarterly Force Inspection meetings and fortnightly 1 to 1's
with the Chief Constable. During the Covid-19 crisis, these
meetings have been held virtually, and she has also remotely
attended high level briefings with Chief Officers to assess the
issues and challenges caused by the epidemic and how they are
being dealt with by the Force. At the start of the outbreak
these meetings were held daily. Key issues that have arisen
include how the Force is working with the public on the
emergency legislation introduced during the Coronavirus outbreak
designed to control the spread of the disease and the 4E's
approach which sees Officers engage, explain and encourage
residents to follow the guidance, only using enforcement as a
last resort. Other topics have included the provision of PPE and
equipment required for Officers and staff to continue to deliver
the same level of service safely and monitoring crime trends,
such as domestic abuse, in light of the unique circumstances
generated by the lockdown. Jane said:-
"Holding the Chief Constable to account for the management of
the Police response is 1 of my key roles and while the way I do
this has had to adapt in light of the restrictions imposed on
all of us during the pandemic, I have been continually impressed
and reassured by the way Merseyside Police has risen to the
challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic. Merseyside
Police is consistently assessed by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of
Constabulary as the top performing urban Force in the country,
and I am in no doubt these high standards of service have been
maintained despite the unique and exceptional circumstances they
have had to contend with. It is clear their handling of the
Covid-19 crisis has been 1st-class and I applaud the Chief
Constable and his team on steering the Force through this
unprecedented time. They have had to grapple with emergency
legislation relating to public gatherings, the distances people
can travel from their own front door and even seeing members of
their own family; all things we normally take for granted and
would not expect to be a matter for the Police and they have
done it in a practical and common sense way, without putting
Officers and staff at unnecessary risk. My abiding thanks also
go to the Officers and staff who have acted with
professionalism, strength and indomitable courage throughout
this crisis. Their sense of public duty and service has shone
throughout this time of emergency. The commitment to public
service is exemplified by the high availability of staff and
Officers, making themselves ready to be deployed to keep us safe
at even higher than normal levels, with consistently over 91% of
the organisation committing to keeping us safe in the face of
the same stresses we have all endured. Merseyside can be proud
of their Police Force."
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 1,118 cases and the total
number now stand at 307,980, 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 149 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 43,230.
In England, there are a total of 159,696 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 27,160 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,677 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 978 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,360 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 767 confirmed cases
► Halton, 416 confirmed cases.
► Blackpool, 681 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 422 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 1,058 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 815 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,236 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 1,343 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,836 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,727 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,152 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 881 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,089 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 866 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 883 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 1,232 confirmed cases
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