The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport Hospital NHS Trust has sadly reported 2 deaths from coronavirus today, bringing the total to189 deaths since the pandemic began.
Our hospitals also recorded 96 infections today, the total is now 3,014, that’s 2,636.8 infections per 100,000 of the population.
Cllr Adam Yates, the WLBC cabinet member for resources and transformation, accused the government of breaking its promise to support councils after WLBC was granted less than £400,000 to cope with the pandemic instead of the expected £1.7million.”This failure of funding is an insult to local authorities in England and to our communities” he said.
But the WLBC has revealed its “useable reserves” of £24.4million which might help the borough economy at this time are not all they seem. In a reply to us the Chief Operating Officer has listed commitments covered by the useable reserves of £21,600,000, leaving a mere £2,800,000 of “possible” aid. Our expectations of a reasonable and practical explanation of our, public, useable reserves, being used at such a time of crisis have been disappointed, to put it mildly.