DAILY EMERGENCY COVID-19
... Important Daily Notices ...
page is to place quick update important notices that are being
sent to us from Government and other organisations over the
Coronavirus Emergency affecting our country (UK)...
Please remember that the information changes quickly, so always
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will update as and when we can.... Users of our Formby
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This page is updated on 28 March 2020
font have to sack staff to get help with the Job Retention
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
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:-
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.
Community FC is helping our local vulnerable community
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:-
Sefton Council COVID19 Business Support Grant Portal
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
► Companies Number. if applicable.
More information about the COVID19 Business Support Grant:-
We are told a letter will be sent to your
property soon to confirm application information, should you be
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
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
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