Regulations allow “virtual” public meetings of local councils and other local government bodies in England from Saturday 4th April 2020

                               

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Planning Committee (Wirral Council) 19th March 2020

Cllr Ian Lewis at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s Planning Committee held on the 19th March 2020 at Wallasey Town Hall

Cllr Ian Lewis at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s Planning Committee held on the 19th March 2020 at Wallasey Town Hall

At Wirral Council’s last Planning Committee meeting held on the 19th March 2020 Cllr Ian Lewis referred to the Government’s intention to allow councils to hold public meetings virtually. Indeed a report on that meeting was previously published on this blog under the headline Wirral Council’s Planning Committee suspends meetings and rules due to COVID-19.
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Peak-time travel restrictions on public transport for those aged 60+ or those with disabilities scrapped in Liverpool City Region for rest of 2020

                                     

Mayor Steve Rotheram (Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) 1st February 2019

Mayor Steve Rotheram (Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) 1st February 2019

Mayor Steve Rotheram (pictured above) has announced that all previous restrictions on peak-time travel Monday to Friday before 9.30 am on public transport by concessionary passholders (those 60 and over and with disabilities) have been lifted effective from Monday 23rd March 2020 and continuing to the end of 2020. The author of this piece has a pass on disability grounds.
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So what’s been happening at Wirral Council in the last week (22nd March 2020 to 29th March 2020)?

                                     

Councillor Pat Hackett (Leader of Wirral Council) and Paul Satoor (Chief Executive of Wirral Council) 23rd December 2019

Councillor Pat Hackett (Leader of Wirral Council) and Paul Satoor (Chief Executive of Wirral Council) 23rd December 2019

By John Brace (Editor)

The House of Commons and House of Lords are now no longer sitting (due to return on the 21st April 2020) so this is an update on roughly a week of activity at Wirral Council as it is important people know what’s been decided. Due to delayed publication of decisions unfortunately this will lead to delayed reporting.
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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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