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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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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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
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
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
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
► 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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