Sefton Council has had nearly a quarter of its emergency funding slashed by the government as it tries to tackle the Coronavirus Crisis, it’s been revealed.
The authority has been handed a cut of nearly £2,400,000 (24%) in its emergency funding from the government, despite the huge extra demands its meeting to combat Covid-19.
According to the cross-party Local Government Association, councils in England are facing a total financial black hole of between £10 and £13 billion because of the cost pressures of fighting Covid-19, such as the sourcing of Personal Protective Equipment, and from lost income and savings opportunities.
The government has issued new advice to try and curb the spread of Coronavirus and prevent developing Covid-19 disease.
The new measures include curbs on movement include shopping only for basic goods and a ban on gatherings. Police will be given powers to enforce restrictions, including fines.
The government guidance says people should only leave home for specific reasons, including:
Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible.
Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents’ homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school.
Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home
There are a wide range of groups that need help to help others locally at present, so if you want to volunteer during the crisis and feel you are able to do so then see this link: https://volunteeringsefton.org.uk/
Please make sure you follow the social distance criteria. We can still work together to stop this virus spreading and minimise the harm it will cause but it starts with each of us taking individual responsibility. Stay safe.