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This page last updated on 26 June 2020
LGA statement on beach
safety and social distancing
ON 26 June
2020, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government
Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "It is
understandable that people want to enjoy the sunshine and
Councils are working hard to reopen public spaces and find safe
ways to help people enjoy good weather this summer. However,
lives depend on all of us taking personal responsibility for our
actions. Some of the scenes we have seen in recent days have
been unacceptable. When large numbers of people head to the
coast there is inevitably a risk of overcrowding and an increase
in the rate at which COVID-19 could be transmitted. It is hugely
difficult for a Council to keep beaches open to the public while
also limiting the number of people who visit. Closing beaches in
1 area may also simply shift the problem elsewhere. Councils and
the emergency services cannot be left to manage this issue
alone. The Government can help Councils by stepping up efforts
to educate the public on the specific risks posed by ignoring
social distancing in tourist environments. Rail companies need
to enforce rules around face coverings on public transport and,
alongside Highways England, can help control numbers by using
signage to give plenty of warning about overcrowding so people
can change plans. It would be a tragedy if our collective
efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are undone in a way
that leads to a resurgence of this deadly virus that puts
further lives at risk."
CLA welcomes funding boost
rural connectivity in the Borderlands
THE CLA has welcomed an
announcement that more funding is now available to help homes
and businesses in rural areas of Cumbria and Northumberland get
access to much faster and more reliable internet connections.
Vouchers are currently available in the Borderlands to subsidise
the costs of bringing gigabit broadband to areas suffering with
slow speeds. As part of the ₤394.5m Borderlands Growth Deal, up
to ₤4 million of additional Government funding will 'ltop up'
these vouchers so even more money is available to improve
digital connectivity and boost the regional economy. The
Government's Gigabit Broadband Vouchers Scheme (GBVS) currently
provides up to ₤3,500 funding for eligible businesses and up to
₤1,500 for eligible residential properties to install gigabit
capable connections. The ₤4 million made available will be used
to match the level of funding available under the GBVS, so that
eligible businesses can now apply for up to a maximum of ₤7,000
and eligible residential properties up to ₤3,000. Businesses and
residents in Cumbria and Northumberland are eligible to receive
these contributions towards gigabit capable connections if they
are based in locations that are unlikely to benefit from
commercial broadband rollout, or where available services are
currently less than
is defined as a minimum of 30Mbps download speed).
CLA North Rural Adviser Libby Bateman said:- "The
CLA welcomes this much needed boost to eradicate the digital
divide between urban and rural areas in Northumberland and
Cumbria. During the Covid-19 pandemic, connectivity has become
more acute in ensuring businesses can be part of the wider
economy. For many years the CLA has called for greater digital
connectivity in the countryside as it a critical part of
enabling the rural sector to grow and prosper with additional
jobs and wealth created."
Residents and businesses can visit the Gigabit Broadband Voucher
in order to find a list of suppliers in their local area. Once
supplier have been contacted, they will apply for the relevant
level of funding required to support each project. Applications
for the topped up broadband vouchers open today with a deadline
to apply by 31 March 2021.
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Response by the LGA to the
latest ONS Social Care Workers' COVID19 Death figures
RESPONDING to the
latest ONS figures showing significantly raised rates of death
involving Coronavirus among Social Care workers compared to the
general population, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local
Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:-
"These truly shocking statistics are another tragic reminder
about the essential need for our vital Social Care workforce to
be fully protected and equipped to look after themselves, as
well as all the people of all ages they are supporting, and
helping to keep safe and well. People working in social care,
including Care Workers, are on the frontline against this deadly
disease and continue to put themselves at risk in order to care
for those who need their help and support. All those working in
Social Care have to receive everything they need, including
reliable and consistent supplies of quality PPE, to protect them
and the people they care for from this terrible pandemic."
PCC awards ₤500,000 of
extra Covid-19 funding to support victims of domestic abuse and
24 organisations which support victims of
domestic abuse and sexual violence across Merseyside are set to
benefit from a share of nearly ₤500,000 of extra funding,
secured by the Region's Police Commissioner and made available
in response to the epidemic. Jane Kennedy was awarded a total of
₤498,885 to fund services supporting vulnerable victims through
the Covid-19 crisis, as part of the Ministry of Justice's
recently announced package of additional funding for victims.
Following a detailed assessment process, the Police and Crime
Commissioner (PCC) on Thursday, 25 June 2020, announced the 24
charities and social enterprises which have been allocated a
share of the extra funding, which will help them meet the
additional costs caused by the pandemic and to cope with any
surge in demand.
From the funding, the Commissioner has awarded
₤231,000 to the region's 5 local Authorities, who will in turn
provide this funding to 8 domestic abuse support services which
they are already working with in their own areas, including
Local Solutions and the Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service,
Tomorrow's Women Wirral, Sefton Women's and Children's Aid (SWACA)
and Torus in St Helens. A further ₤10,000 has been allocated to
the PCC's Victim Care Merseyside partners, Victim Support and
Savera UK, to enhance the support they offer to vulnerable
victims and victims of honour based crimes respectively. A
further Ł137,400 will be shared between 8 additional domestic
abuse services, not previously commissioned by the PCC or the
Local Authorities, to enhance the support services they provide.
This includes more than ₤15,000 for women's refuge AMADUDU in
Liverpool, ₤25,000 to Sefton based women's organisation Venus,
which provides counselling and support services to domestic
abuse victims, and more than ₤23,000 to established women's
mental health and domestic abuse charity the Chrysalis Centre
for Change in St Helens. An additional ₤120,500 has been
allocated to 7 organisations working to support victims of
sexual violence, with approximately ₤47,000 of that money being
awarded to RASA Merseyside and RASASC, who already jointly
deliver the PCC's pan-Merseyside dedicated aftercare support
service for survivors of rape and sexual assault. A further
₤9,000 has been allocated to social enterprise Catch22 to help
them deliver their crucial work supporting victims of child
Other beneficiaries include Birkenhead based charity WEB who
provide 1 to 1 therapeutic counselling services for men and
women who have been victimised by sexual violence or domestic
abuse, social enterprise PSS to help run their Ruby project,
which offers a package of support for vulnerable victims, and
Changing Lives who will use the funding to provide additional
outreach work to support sex workers who are further at risk
during the crisis. Granby Somali Women's were the only
organisation to receive funding to deliver services to victims
of both domestic abuse and sexual violence. They received a
total of ₤31,950 to increase the hours they can offer their
services and to buy additional IT equipment to improve their
Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy
"I am pleased to be able to announce this additional funding for
24 fantastic charities and social enterprises which are doing
crucial work supporting some of the most vulnerable victims of
crime across Merseyside. These 24 organisations have been
operating tirelessly throughout this global pandemic to continue
to provide guidance, care and support to victims of some of the
most harmful and damaging crimes. Sadly, some of these
organisations have already seen an increase in demand for their
services, while others have struggled with staff absences or a
lack of appropriate equipment to work remotely. Supporting
victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence is incredibly
demanding work at any time, let alone when exacerbated by the
extraordinary challenges created by Covid-19. This much-needed
additional funding will help these charities and social
enterprises not only to continue to deliver these essential
services, but hopefully also to enhance the support they can
provide during these testing times, ensuring vulnerable victims
are not left to suffer alone and can access vital support as
they cope and recover from their traumatic experiences."
The funding, which was ring fenced into 3 separate funds;
domestic abuse services already commissioned by the PCC,
domestic abuse services not commissioned by the PCC and sexual
violence services; will run until the end of October 2020. The
money is part of a wider ₤76m funding package provided by the
Government with the aim of supporting victims and survivors of
domestic abuse, sexual violence, vulnerable children and their
families during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 1,006 cases and the total
number now stand at 309,360, 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 186 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 43,414.
In England, there are a total of 159,958 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 27,199 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,680 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 978 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,363 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 765 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 418 confirmed cases.
► Knowsley, 674 confirmed
► Blackpool, 682 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 422 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 1,058 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 817 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,239 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 1,349 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,842 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,728 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,156 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 883 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,090 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 870 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 884 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 1,234 confirmed cases
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