Chancellor announces financial support for some of the self-employed impacted by Covid-19

                                    

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Money (the Chancellor announced a cash grant payable in June 2020 for some of the self-employed)

By John Brace (Editor)

The Right Honourable Rishi Sunak MP (the Chancellor of the Exchequer) announced today (26th March 2020) the government’s plans to support the self-employed (which the author of this piece will declare as an interest).
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Why has the communication during the Covid-19 crisis been so poor?

                                                

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Peak flow meter (for measuring the peak expiratory flow of lungs)

Many years ago when I was but a child, I used to have public policy questions given to me to see what my response would be.
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What are the changes to bin collection dates on the Wirral and what did I blow the whistle on to Liverpool City Council?

                                           

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Well, just a quick blog post. You’ve probably noticed some changes that have happened over the past week. However (the below applies to household collections on the Wirral) bin days are changing this week due to the social distancing measures.
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Wirral Council’s Planning Committee suspends meetings and rules due to COVID-19

                                 

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Planning Committee (Wirral Council) 19th March 2020

Councillor Stuart Kelly (Chair, Planning Committee) (Wirral Council) 19th March 2020

Councillor Stuart Kelly (Chair, Planning Committee) (Wirral Council) 19th March 2020

The mood at Wallasey Town Hall was very different – with the One Stop Shop closed (with a sign that directed people to the one in Birkenhead) and even if this was taken into account there were far fewer people around than usual. Due to the need for social distancing measures, as on Monday evening the public meeting was in the Council Chamber (instead of Committee Room 1), which could have been the reason why the Council webcast didn’t go ahead as planned (which put a bit more pressure on myself – video of the entire meeting is above).
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Councils and other local government bodies cancel many public meetings but courts are still sitting

                                           

Cllr Chris Jones (left) Health and Wellbeing Board (Wirral Council) 11th March 2020

Cllr Chris Jones (left) Health and Wellbeing Board (Wirral Council) 11th March 2020 as an example of a local council committee public meeting

Local councils including Wirral Council, Liverpool City Council, Knowsley Council as well as Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority have cancelled many planned public meetings that were due to take place next week (week commencing 23rd March 2020) and beyond. The reason given by one is “government advice”. However at the national level both the House of Commons and House of Lords continue to sit both this week and plan to do so all the way through to the end of the month before the break for Easter.
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