Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-04-29

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Liverpool City Region's leaders challenge Government's "very disappointing" funding allocations

THE Metro Mayor, City Mayor and Leaders of the Liverpool City Region's Councils have expressed their grave concerns that the Government's 2nd allocation of Covid19 funding could leave the City Region hundreds of millions of pounds out of pocket. The announcement, made by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), shows that in this 2nd round of funding the government has allocated ₤16.6 million LESS to the City Region than was promised. This equates to a 28% reduction, with some areas like Knowsley being hardest hit with a 39% shortfall from its 1st allocation. This is the 5th highest cut in the whole of the UK, for the borough that is the 2nd most deprived in the country. In a joint response to the Government, local leaders challenged the methodology, which is based purely on population count as opposed to whether areas actually need extra support. This is a different approach to the 1st round of funding that recognised the pressures individual areas were facing.  As a result, those areas which need more have lost out, and the impact has been significant across the City Region, specifically when it comes to social care. From both allocations, the 6 Councils have received ₤102million, which is less than ½ of the ₤239million which they estimate they will need to cope with the impact of COVID-19 over just the next 6 months. In addition to this, the Combined Authority is also losing around ₤1.2million a week; ₤62million over a year; and has received no additional funding at all as yet, with transport also requiring sustainable funding support.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said:- "Local Councils and the Combined Authority are on the front line in supporting our communities through this crisis and the government is already relying heavily on them to deliver essential support and services such as; providing PPE, transport, social care and keeping other essential public services running. But let's not forget this pressure comes on top of a decade of austerity, during which local authorities' budgets have been cut to the bone. Councils have no reserves and little or no flexibility remaining to deal with the impact and pick up the potentially extreme financial burden. This proposed settlement falls way short of what is required and we are now making robust representations to urge the Government to urgently reconsider the funding allocation and provide the support we really need to tackle the crisis now; and to recover from it; together."

Public asked to help record a week in lockdown

HISTORIC England is calling on people across the North West to share images that document their experience of 7 days in "Lockdown." 10 contemporary artists from across the nation, including:- Tristan Poyser in the North West, have also been chosen to produce special images over the week. From rainbows in windows and star jumps on balconies, Historic England is asking people in the North West to share images via their website that show how we are all facing the challenges of lockdown, self isolation and social distancing. Running from Wednesday, 29 April 2020 to Tuesday, 5 May 2020, the aim of the #PicturingLockdown project is to create a unique and reflective record of a week across the nation during this extraordinary moment in history. Historic England wants to spark a conversation about identity and its connection to history and place.

Claudia Kenyatta, Director of Regions at Historic England said:- "We are facing 1 of the most extraordinary moments in living memory. During this time of necessary lockdown restrictions, we are asking the public and some of our most talented contemporary artists to help us record history, whilst being careful to abide by the Government's social distancing measures. We want people to show us their experiences of lockdown, how communities have come together and life has changed for us all. These challenging times are encouraging us all to pause and reflect upon our relationship with our surroundings. We hope this project inspires creativity and reflection, allowing the public to create a unique time capsule for the future."

100 of the images submitted by the public and artists will be chosen to enter the Historic England Archive to provide a record for the future. Of the submissions from the public, the 50 most evocative, informative and inspiring images will combine with 50 works from ten contemporary artists into a Collection. These will be catalogued by the Historic England Archive and will be made freely accessible online. This is the 1st time the public have been asked to capture a moment in time and save it in the Historic England Archive of over 12 million photographs since the 2nd World War. The 10 contemporary artists Historic England has also asked to take part in the project are based across the country.

The artists are:-

  North West based Tristan Poyser is a photographer and lecturer with a background in Ecology and Biological Photography. His practice based research explores the physicality of landscapes, the legacy left, both as physical and cultural scars, that shape our behaviours, national identity and politics. His projects aim to challenge the viewer's perceptions through the medium of photography and often participation.

►  The award winning Scottee, is an artist, writer and broadcaster from North London who proudly boasts no formal education. Self taught, he now lives and makes work in Southend on Sea, Essex. Across theatre, live art, public commissions, community activism and fine art Scottee's work is often about forcing difficult conversations for the greater good. His work is often centred around class, queerness, fatness and survival

►  Malaika Kegode is a multi disciplinary artist based in Bristol. Malaika's work tells of how we can find beauty and hope through the darkness. Her overall themes of family, mental health, addiction and love always have an undercurrent of optimism and strength. She has performed around the UK at a number of celebrated venues, festivals and poetry events. Her work is currently displayed on the exterior of the Arnolfini, one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts. In 2018, Malaika was included in the The BME Power List, celebrating Bristol's 100 most influential black & minority ethnic people

►  Anand Chhabra is a documentary photographer based in the West Midlands with over 20 years' experience working in the arts. He is co-founder, director and the incumbent Chair of Black Country Visual Arts. His work focusses on engaging communities with little or no involvement in the arts with co-creative work and passing on new skills

►  Coralie Datta is a social documentary photographer based in Yorkshire. She is interested in the way communities function and her photographic work reflects this. She creates series of photographs representing the way communities connect with the environments in which they live, interact with and work. The act of taking photographs enables her to engage with and understand these groups of people and the social pressures that influence their lives

►  Based in London, Polly Braden features an ongoing conversation between the people she photographs and the environment in which they find themselves. Highlighting the small, often unconscious gestures of her subjects, Polly particularly enjoys long term, in depth collaborations that in turn lends her photographs a unique, quiet intimacy

►  Another Londoner, Roy Mehta is a well-established London based photographic artist with thirty years of professional experience working on personal and commercial projects. His work encapsulates the complexity of identity and belonging and is regularly exhibited in the UK and abroad. Before Covid-19, a retrospective exhibition of his work was commissioned for Brent Borough of Culture 2020.

►  Bella Milroy is an award winning photographer who lives in her hometown of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. She works responsively with found and archived material through mediums of sculpture, drawings, photography and text. She is also a portrait artist. Her work explores how we touch and make contact with the world around us, with the hand held being of particular significance. Using her personal perspective as a framework for a wider reflection of contemporary living, she makes work about making work (and being disabled) and not being able to make work (and being disabled). She is interested in the duality of every day existence, and how things can be both beautiful/painful, both interesting/dull.

►  Based in the North East, Adrian Moesby is an artist curator working at the intersection of art, health and technology. His current work investigates the dual crises of Climate Change and Mental Health exploring the relationships between the outer physical weather and internal psycho emotional weather. He has worked, exhibited and curated nationally and internationally.

►  Chloe Dewe Mathews is a photographic artist based in St Leonards on Sea. After studying fine art at Camberwell College of Arts and the University of Oxford, she worked in the feature film industry before dedicating herself to photography. Her work is internationally recognised, exhibiting at Tate Modern, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Museum Folkwang and Fotomuseum Antwerp, as well as being published widely in newspapers and magazines such as the Guardian, New Yorker, Financial Times, Harpers and Le Monde.

Historic England is asking the public to keep to social distancing measures when taking part in this project and only go outside for food, health reasons or for work if you cannot work from home.

Careers support for Schools expands online

AN outreach programme, funded by the Office for Students, which has supported 16,000 young people in Lancashire to think about higher education, is expanding its offer to all West Lancashire Secondary Schools, 6th Forms and Colleges with their new online signposting service.

Future U, which aims to increase the numbers of young people considering university, further education or degree apprenticeships, has increased its offer to deliver their range of activities to more young people to help them think about their future careers.

The expanded offer includes a database of activities which Schools can access from the Future U website. Activities in the expanded service signpost to activities that are offered by higher and further education providers in Lancashire including introductions to student life, guides to student finance, interview skills and personal statement support, through to revision skills and mentoring

In addition to running activities in School and hosting online education challenges during the lockdown, Future U has previously organised and funded School events including visits to potential future workplaces such as:- technology warehouses, tourist attractions, commercial kitchens and sports colleges. In total, the programme has delivered over 800 activities totalling 2,500 hours of support to students so far.

Theo Blackburn, Programme Manager at Future U, said:- "We play a crucial role in supporting young people across Lancashire by raising their aspirations and removing barriers to them progressing on to university, as well as higher and degree apprenticeships. Working with 4 Universities as well as 10 colleges and other stakeholders means we can deliver meaningful support across the Region."

Juliet Duncan, Assistant Headteacher, Our Lady's Catholic College, Lancaster, added:- "The students really enjoy the sessions from Future U. The delivery from all staff is relevant, clear and constructive and students are engaged, participating fully and wanting to know more information. The students really do get a huge amount out of it."

The full list of activities can be downloaded from Future U's website.

Future U is part of the national University Connect Programme, funded by the Office for Students, and involves institutions and organisations across the county including:- University of Central Lancashire, Lancaster University, Edge Hill University and the University of Cumbria. Our list of partners include:- Edge Hill University, Inspira, STEMFirst, Runshaw College, The Lancashire Colleges and West Lancashire College.

Lancashire's Future U works with a network of Schools, in addition to Colleges, higher education providers and local agencies to create tailored activities to meet the needs of students for now and the future.

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

IN the UK the number of Hospital COVID-19 fatalities has increased by 765 taking the total of COVID-19 deaths to 26,097. The number of COVID-19 infections has been reported by the Department of Health to have risen by 4,078, taking the total of reported laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections to have been logged within the UK to 165,221. In England, there are a total of 115,859 confirmed cases. Within the North West of En gland we have seen a total of 18,106 laboratory confirmed cases. Current Hospital Laboratory confirmed cases to have been reported within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are:-

► Liverpool, 1,363 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 770 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 971 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 614 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 309 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 2,695 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 746 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 813 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,047 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 796 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 574 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 615 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 732 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 417 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 434 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 444 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 582 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 301 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 29/04/2020. Last updated 5:30 pm GMT. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).

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