Emergancy Notices - Liverpool City Region - Merseyside - 28 March 2020

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This page is updated on 28 March 2020

Businesses font have to sack staff to get help with the Job Retention Scheme

FURTHER information regarding the workings of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to protect jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak. Businesses can apply for a grant of up to ₤2,500 a month per employee to cover 80% of salary for those retained, but not working. This scheme aims to protect staff and is an alternative to layoff. The scheme will be available for at least 3 months and there is unlimited funding available through the scheme. Employers can voluntarily choose to fund the additional 20% of wage costs (or any additional top up over and above the ₤2,500 cap), but don't have to. It is worth noting that an employee can't chose to be furloughed. The employer determines who is affected and seeks the employee's agreement. The 1st grants will be paid to the business within a matter of weeks and will be backdated to 1 March 2020. To access this, employers must designate affected employees as:- 'furloughed workers' and notify your employees of this change.  Sadly most businesses have not purchased insurance that covers pandemic related losses, so waiting for funds could be an issue. As such, any affected businesses should note the Government's full package of support, including the:- 'Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme' and a  business rates holiday. If this package is able to be used, it should make:- 'furloughed workers' easier and a viable option, for both keep staff and cover wages. If you want more information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you're at risk please use the below links:-

Sadly this week, some Banks have been making it extremely difficult for businesses to access the the schemes, by asking for Personal Guarantees and running credit checks as we reported on 27 March 2020.  We have since been told that the 4 main banks are no longer doing this, but if you do get asked, please let us know, via emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com and if you let us, via clearly stating we can pass your information on to Damien Moore, the MP for Southport, to follow up, we will pas it on.

Formby Community FC is helping our local vulnerable community

CURRENTLY Formby Community Football Club is ensuring as many vulnerable and self isolating residents within Formby's community, helping them to stay at home and stay safe as much as possible. The Charity, who provides football for girls, boys, ladies, men and walking football is currently offering to shop for them and collect and deliver prescriptions across Formby and Freshfield. They have a band of volunteers ready to help ANYONE who needs it, with a focus on those in self-isolation, over 70 and key workers. For more information on how to volunteer and also to get if you live in the L37 postcode area, due to self-isolating, please call:- 07791668280. For more information about the Club, please visit:- FormbyCommunityFC.com.

Sefton Council COVID19 Business Support Grant Portal

SEFTON Council Business Rates Team will be issuing a letter to businesses in the borough who are potentially eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund and/or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. The letter clearly explains the next steps and the information that you must provide for the grant to be issued to your business. Please click on the following link to read the letter and to access the on line portal that has been set up by clicking on here now. To go directly to Sefton's online COVID19 Business Support Grant Portal, that is now live on Sefton Council's website you must have the following information:-

Business Rates Account Number.

Bank Details.

VAT Registration Number, if applicable.

Companies Number. if applicable.

Apply:- Forms.Sefton.Gov.UK/Covid19BusinessForm.

More information about the COVID19 Business Support Grant:- BusinessSupport.Gov.UK/Small-Business-Grant-Funding.

We are told a letter will be sent to your property soon to confirm application information, should you be allegeable.

You can also get help via:- InvestSefton.Com and there is information under Financial Support and Useful Guides.

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

ON 28 March 2020 the number of COVID-19 infections is still rising. The UK's cumulative total of cases stands at 17,089 cases with 1,019 deaths being reported by the Department of Health. The UK's daily total of deaths is 2,546 cases, with 260 deaths being reported. Within England the total of 14,427 have been confirmed. Current confirmed cases within the following local authorities in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 132 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 35 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 40 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 33 confirmed cases.

► Knowsley, 19 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 12 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 167 confirmed cases.

► Blackpool, 10 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 31 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 42 confirmed cases.

► Warrington, 19 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 76 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 66 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, confirmed cases.

► Wigan, confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 33 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 52 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 40 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 52 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 73 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 10 confirmed cases..

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 28/03/2020.

See archived update pages from:-

Week 1

22 March 2020

21 March 2020

20 March 2020

19 March 2020

18 March 2020

17 March 2020

Week 2

28 March 2020

27 March 2020

26 March 2020

25 March 2020

24 March 2020

23 March 2020


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