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  1. Three-tier move sparks councils' call for 'urgent funding'

    Council leaders in West Yorkshire are calling for a package of "urgent funding" from the government following the announcement of a new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions.

    Two metre distancing sign

    West Yorkshire is to be put into Tier 2 (high risk) meaning people from different homes can only mix outside, as long as the "rule of six" and social distancing are followed.

    In a joint statement, the leaders of West Yorkshire's councils asked the government for "urgent funding to support efforts to contain the pandemic and protect jobs in line with the region’s Tier 2 status."

    The support they're asking for includes:

    • A Local Restrictions Support Grant providing grants of up to £5,000 every three weeks for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses
    • The continuation of furlough, with government contributing to wages
    • £3.7m to support the expansion of the Covid Recovery Grants Scheme to support businesses to reopening and adapting

    They've also asked for £30m to support further measures to tackle the spread of the virus "through local contact-tracing, community engagement, enforcement, support for those self-isolating and other measures".

    In a statement, the council leaders say: “We need the government to urgently respond so we can address the rising infection rates putting our NHS services under increasing pressure, and to avoid damage to the West Yorkshire economy.”

  2. £1.5m boost for West Yorkshire market towns

    Grace Parnell

    BBC Local Live

    Shipley and Keighley near Bradford will get more than £1.5m for regeneration projects - including new cycle lanes and footpaths plus better school walking routes.

    Canal path near Salt's Mill in Saltaire

    Each town will receive £750k from the government's Towns Fund scheme to "drive long-term economic growth" and Bradford Council, divvying up the money, said as many people as possible should be able to share the benefits.

    A variety of small schemes have been chosen, including a new path and cycle route between Shipley, Baildon and Saltaire, bus gates, digital information boards and more CCTV.

    Oakworth station, part of the Worth Valley heritage railway

    The money will also be spent in parks like Northcliffe in Shipley, and Cliffe Castle and Devonshire in Keighley - and around £85k each will be given to Worth Valley Railway in Keighley, and Victoria Hall in Saltaire.

    Victoria Hall in Saltaire
  3. New coronavirus restrictions in West Yorkshire explained

    Tighter restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus have come into force in parts of West Yorkshire today, including all parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.

    Man in mask

    The main message from local councils and Public Health England is not to mix households.

    From today, people in Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale must not:

    • Meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support "bubble"
    • Visit someone else's home or garden even if they live outside Bradford, Kirklees or Calderdale
    • You are strongly advised not to socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues - such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions
    • Socialise outdoors in a group of no more than six people from different households
    • Visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances

    You can click here to find out more about the new restrictions.

  4. 'We're all at risk' - Council boss's coronavirus warning

    The leader of Bradford Council is asking people to continue to follow the rules in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, after it was announced the city faces tougher lockdown restrictions from next week.

    A man in Bradford

    A ban on people meeting others from outside their own household or support "bubble" is one of the measures being imposed for the whole of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

    Susan Hinchcliffe, leader of Bradford Council, said infection rates across the district have continued to increase.

    She said: “We are all at risk and everyone needs to continue to stay safe, take the utmost care to minimise the spread of this terrible virus, and protect vulnerable people.

    “The infection rate is rising. Hospital admissions are rising. It is everyone’s responsibility to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading."

    Ms Hinchliffe also thanked residents, the NHS and volunteers for their help so far during the pandemic.

    “Keeping 2m apart from each other, regular hand-washing, and wearing a face covering indoors will help to beat this virus and protect our loved ones and jobs”, she added.

  5. West Yorkshire coronavirus lockdown measures remain

    Coronavirus lockdown measures which are in place in parts of West Yorkshire will continue for the moment, the government has confirmed.


    People living in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees cannot currently mix with other households - apart from those in their support bubbles - in private homes or gardens.

    The measures, which were introduced in July, will be in place for at least another two weeks in a bid to combat rising coronavirus infections, the Department for Health said.

    Ministers said the national easing of restrictions planned for tomorrow, including the reopening of venues including casinos, bowling alleys and indoor play areas, will not apply in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

    Pools, indoor gyms and other leisure facilities as well as nail bars, spas and beauty salons will continue to remain closed in Bradford.

    Minister for Health Edward Argar said he "knows it hasn't been easy".

    "It is essential we all remain vigilant, and I urge everyone in these areas to follow the rules – wash your hands regularly, follow social distancing, get yourself a free test as soon as you get any symptoms and isolate if NHS Test and Trace tells you to," he added.

  6. Bradford lockdown waste spike costs £50,000 extra per week

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A spike in the amount of waste being thrown out during the coronavirus lockdown is costing Bradford's taxpayers an extra £50,000 a week, the council has revealed.


    Figures show the amount of waste collected by Bradford Council has gone up by an average of 500 tonnes a week.

    Meanwhile, contamination of recycling bins has risen to a record amount during lockdown – an "all-time high" of 40% of bins being contaminated by non-recyclable waste, the authority says.

    Councils across the country have to pay a "landfill tax" – an extra charge imposed by the government for each tonne of waste sent to landfill rather than being recycled.

    People are now being urged by Bradford Council to take items to charity shops or furniture recycling warehouses or to "post them on internet sites such as Freecycle or Gumtree".

    "By re-using and recycling materials and equipment everyone can save money, reduce waste, help the environment and create a better place to live," the council says.

  7. Local lockdown 'not postcode-based' - Bradford Council

    People who pay council tax to specific councils are affected by the new local coronavirus lockdown rules, according to one West Yorkshire council.

    A Covid-19 testing centre in Bradford

    Some social media users have expressed confusion over who is affected by new rules which were brought in overnight in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

    Following a spike in coronavirus cases in those areas, they will now be subject to extra rules.

    Designed to slow the spread of the virus, separate households living in those areas have been banned from meeting each other indoors and in their gardens.

    Bradford Council says the lockdown is not based on specific postcodes, but rather on who you pay your council tax to.