Home food facts on World Food Safety Day (June 7)

In the current circumstances more of us are cooking and eating at home, this World Food Safety Day (June 7) we want to help you make the most of the contents of your cupboards and fridges in a safe way. The Food Standards Agency have lots of information which will help answer some of the safety questions you may have. Peter Quigley, Head of Chemical Safety Policy at the Food Standards Agency, said: “Food safety is everyone’s business. As part of my role, I answer all sorts of questions about food safety, so we’ve pulled together some of the ones ...
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Sefton celebrates #VolunteersWeek and says THANK YOU

Sefton Council is showing its support to the hundreds of volunteers across the borough as part of the national Volunteers’ Week celebration. Volunteers have a huge impact on the lives of residents across Sefton, not just during this time of crisis, but all year round. Working with Sefton CVS, Sefton Council has created a volunteer network to help coordinate and share resources. This has been vital in helping to support our elderly and vulnerable residents at this time. Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to ...
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Bootle Town Hall and Crosby Library to be illuminated tonight to support equality and diversity across the world.

Responding to events that have taken place across the United States over the past week, Sefton Council will be illuminating Bootle Town Hall and Crosby Library tonight. The Council has also re-stated its determination to stand together when anyone faces racism, discrimination, bigotry or oppression. Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said;  “The Council has a proud history of supporting equality and diversity across our beautiful Borough and beyond and remains committed to providing and supporting an environment and communities where all our people are valued for who they are at all times. “Current events are striking a chord with many of ...
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Council providing door-to-door support to residents shielding from Coronavirus

Sefton Council’s Area Coordinators and ward councillors are out knocking on doors across the Borough to identify people who are shielding due to Coronavirus and who may need help. There are almost 3,000 Sefton residents the NHS says should be shielding due to Coronavirus whom the national contact centre has been unable to contact and has referred to the Council to follow-up. Sefton’s door-to-door approach aims to make contact with these local residents and identify any needs or support they may have. This is particularly the case for those who may be vulnerable due to age or underlying health conditions ...
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Council doubly disappointed at mess left on Sefton’s beaches as weekend visitors descend

Sefton Councillors have described themselves as doubly disappointed by the many people who ignored advice to avoid local beaches this weekend and by the level of parking issues and rubbish that was then left behind by people. Large numbers travelled to Sefton’s beaches from as far afield as Manchester, Wigan and Birmingham over the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday there was an average of 7,000 people on the beaches each day at any one time. Leader of Sefton Council, Ian Maher said, “Sefton’s coast line is stunning, and we understand why people want to visit, especially when the weather is ...
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Swab testing for Covid 19 in Sefton

Coronavirus Mobile Test Centre in Litherland this week

After several successful sessions in Southport and Maghull, Litherland will play host to its first Coronavirus Mobile Test Centre this week. Located at Litherland Sports Park on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June, the site will provide clinical diagnosis tests that tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus. Tests will be available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers. Through the Government’s new NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will ...
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Beaches in Sefton during COVID19

As our beaches, coastal towns and villages continue to see a high number of visitors despite our pleas for people not to drive to Sefton’s beaches, we’ve  seen a few messages asking why we don’t close the beaches. We manage 22 miles of coast. Aside from a couple of hundred yards at Altcar Rifle range, it’s completely open access with  hundreds of individual access points, little footpaths and other ways to walk on. There is no way we can ever ‘close’ the beaches. What we are doing is stopping access to the car parks, and are working with our partners ...
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A woman supporting herself with a walking frame.

Council agrees additional £2.5 million Coronavirus funding for Borough’s care homes

At its meeting on Thursday, Sefton Council’s Cabinet approved arrange of measure to provide £2.5 million of additional funding for the Borough’s Care Homes. The decision will mean an extra £1.8 million being paid to Care Home Providers from the Government’s Infection Prevention Control fund and £720,000 in placement payments dating back to the start of April. This is in addition to the £650,000 that has already been provided to help homes meet the added costs caused by the Coronavirus pandemic Additionally, Sefton Council remains committed to paying Care Homes an additional £50 per placement per week until the Government ...
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Important coronavirus information for Sefton

Joint plea asking public to be sensible and respectful at Sefton’s beauty spots. 

Sefton Council has joined forces with Merseyside Police and Mersey Fire and Rescue Service to remind people to continue to be sensible and respectful if they choose to spend time outdoors during the warm weather. Since restrictions were lifted allowing people to spend more time outside we have seen a rise in the number of people using local beaches, parks and beauty spots including Formby nature reserve and Formby, Ainsdale and Sefton beaches. The advice remains that everyone should maintain social distancing at all times and that people should only meet up with the permitted number of people from other households ...
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NHS Coronavirus Test and Trace service launched.

Today, the Government has launched the new NHS Test and Trace service across England. Test and Trace is designed to identify, contain and control Coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. It means that anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. Those people identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive ...
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