Liverpool City Region COVID-19 statistics - 2020-06-28

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This page last updated on 28 June 2020

Leicester could be locked down over Covid19

ON Saturday, 27 June 2020, Scotland had no new Covid19 deaths for the 3rd day running and 8th overall this month, again bringing into question the English Governments handling of the pandemic. Adding to the debate, in contrast, the City of Leicester has seen a spike in Coronavirus cases leading to a warning being issued by the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, that the area faces localised lockdowns. However Leicester City's Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, added that there was “no immediate prospect” that the 25% rise in case over just 2 weeks will result in a lockdown just yet. But this rise and warning has sent shivers throughout the UK as lockdown restrictions are eased. Sir Jeremy Farear has also issued a statement, warning that the UK is:- "on a knife edge." With a rise in unauthorised gathering, the mass movement of people heading to seaside and this news about Leicester, he said he is increasingly worried about a second wave. Priti Patel added that people have to be "conscientious" about the risks of a second wave.

Moving on plan for permanent homes for rough sleepers and homeless people

HOMELESS people and rough sleepers who have been helped inside during lockdown could be supported to access the City's vacant properties in a bid to prevent them from returning to the streets. The move, which will be considered by Liverpool City Council's Cabinet, has been praised by national homelessness charity Crisis, with Chief Executive Jon Sparkes saying it:- "provided clear evidence that homelessness can be ended for good."

Throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, Liverpool City Council has worked with partners to make sure that people with nowhere to live were relocated to temporary accommodation that best suited their needs. Working with the City's hospitality industry, the City Council was able to identify 180 single occupancy apart hotels and 50 other addresses for family groups, to keep people safe during the outbreak. As the City comes out of lockdown, it is likely that these properties will return to commercial use.

Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Health and Social Care, Cllr Paul Brant, said:-
"For too long the presence of rough sleepers on the streets has been a scar on the conscience of our nation. Liverpool Council is determined to stop a slide back to the pre COVID-19 position by default. Working with housing charities and local social housing providers this scheme provides a piece of the jigsaw of measures which are being put in place. Resolving rough sleeping is a huge complex issue. I'm proud that Liverpool City Council is leading the way on this issue. ‘For too long the presence of rough sleepers on the streets has been a scar on the conscience of our nation. Liverpool Council is determined to stop a slide back to the pre Covid-19 position by default. Working with housing charities and local social housing providers this scheme provides a piece of the jigsaw of measures which are being put in place. Resolving rough sleeping is a huge complex issue. I'm proud that Liverpool City Council is leading the way on this issue."

Liverpool was the 1st City to open an all year round rough sleeper hub, Labre House, which offered shelter to anyone regardless of their circumstances. As the Coronavirus outbreak took hold Labre House was no longer a viable solution due to its communal nature. The Council's Homeless Recovery Plan has meant that the Council has supported around 220 people into emergency accommodation during the lockdown period. Now, as the lockdown rules relax and the City begins to re-open, the Council intends to build on this by ensuring that anyone moving out of emergency accommodation, where appropriate has the chance of a permanent home. Before lockdown, vacant social housing spaces across the City were advertised through the Property Pool Plus housing allocation scheme. Potential applicants were invited to bid for available properties with the tenancy being awarded in terms of priority.

The new plan means that the bidding system has been temporarily suspended and vacant properties will be made available to those moving on from hostel and hotel accommodation. The Council has so far identified 370 cases which would benefit from the new system, whilst the housing associations have so far made more than 200 properties available of which more than half have been matched with suitable applicants.

ronwen Rapley, Chair, Liverpool City Region Housing Associations said:-
"It has been inspiring to see the immediate response to the COVID crisis develop into something that is building long terms solutions for people who have found themselves homeless. Working in partnership is moving us toward the goal that every individual has the right home with the right support and the City's housing associations are proud to play their part."

The proposed new scheme will be funded through redirecting existing Council resources. The Council and its partners will also be utilising funding from the ₤105m pot announced by the Government this week to support Local Authorities in preventing rough sleepers from returning to the streets. As well as finding properties for people to move into, the tenants will be further supported through furniture packages and homemaker packages including:- crockery, cutlery and utensils.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of national homelessness charity Crisis, said:-
"It is brilliant to hear that Liverpool City Council, housing associations and charities are working together to ensure that those who have been sheltered in hotels and temporary accommodation during the outbreak have somewhere safe and settled to live once the hotel contracts come to an end. If there is one silver lining from the pandemic it is that, with the right support, people who were sleeping rough may never have to return to the streets again. The outbreak has brought the value of home into sharp relief; everyone should have somewhere safe and settled to call home. This combined effort will not only help to end the homelessness of hundreds across the City, but provides clear evidence that homelessness can be ended for good when the political will is there."

Key local homeless services, The Whitechapel Centre, Riverside Housing Association and Creative Support will continue to provide help and advice to the new tenants when they move in. Properties that are not appropriate for this group will continue to be allocated through the normal process. Liverpool City Council's Cabinet will consider the proposal at its meeting, on Friday, 3 July 2020.

Michelle Langan, Founder and Trustee, The Paper Cup Project, which works with rough sleepers in the City Centre said:-
"It's welcome news that Liverpool City Council has made a pledge to continue their support for our rough sleepers and homeless friends as we move out of lockdown. As the first Council to offer this continuation of support, Liverpool once again leads in their approach to tackling homelessness. We look forward to being part of the plans to support our homeless friends into their new lives, and hope that other Councils across the country will follow this lead and commit to keeping all rough sleepers inside."

Illegal Camping and Fires

AS over 200 individuals were found to be camping and holding parties in the Lake District, by Police along with the Lake District National Park Authority Rangers, the Merseyside Coastland organisations have had to hire security guards to try to stop this happening here. Just as in the Lakes, groups have been camping and lighting fires. On the Merseyside Coastline it has always been illegal to light fires or have portable BBQ’s, but people have been ignoring this and the current rules on large groups gathering. the fact people are doing this means cash and resources are being used to stop it. This adds to the strain on local communities along with affecting national spending. With the UK heading to the edge of a cliff, we must act sensibly. Sadly, people appear are not doing that in England. What are your thoughts on this?  Please email your thoughts us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com and let us know what is on your mind about this topic and any others we cover.

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 901 cases and the total number now stand at 311,151, 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 sadly reported to be
36 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 43,550.

In England, there are a total of 160,292 confirmed cases. North West - total of 27,269 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,684 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 979 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,364 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 767 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 418 confirmed cases.

► Knowsley, 679 confirmed cases..

► Blackpool, 682 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 422 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,060 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 817 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,243 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,355 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,849 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,740 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,157 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 886 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,092 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 881 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 884 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,233 confirmed cases

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