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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:31 pm on 5th October 2020.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (International Trade) 4:31 pm, 5th October 2020

The six councils in the Liverpool city region face a budget shortfall of £150 million. On Thursday, the Health Secretary announced £7 million to be split between the Liverpool city region and three further councils—a drop in the ocean compared with £150 million. He knows that local professionals have solutions to the problems of test, trace and isolate. He has shown that there are not just millions but billions of pounds available for Serco, Deloitte, Compass and friends. So when will he invest in local public health teams and sort out the mess of test, trace and isolate once and for all?