I hope you are keeping safe and well.
As I am sure you have all seen, the UK coronavirus alert level was raised to 4 meaning transmission is ‘high or rising exponentially’. To address this swiftly, the Government announced further measures to keep us all safe including:
- Work from home, if you can;
- Pubs, bars and restaurants must close by 10pm;
- Mandatory face coverings in more settings;
- Stricter enforcement of the ‘Rule of Six’
You can read the full guidance here, but I would ask you all to follow the rules and remember to wash your hands, cover your face and maintain space.
The NHS Covid-19 App also launched yesterday and will enable you to know the risk level in Broxtowe, book a test and help with the contact tracing process. You can read more about the app here and download it from the App Store or Google Play.
To support employees and businesses affected by these changes, the Chancellor announced the Winter Economy Plan which included the launch of the Job Support Scheme, a variation of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and continued VAT reductions for the hospitality sector. If you are a local business and need help understanding the schemes, my team and I will be happy to assist you so please do not hesitate to contact me.
In order to ensure the safety of my staff, and our community, my team are now working from home. This will be the case for the foreseeable future so the best way to contact me is by email or through my website; please remember to include your address as I may only represent confirmed constituents. My team will prioritise urgent casework, but we will do our best to respond to you as soon as possible.
Despite the continual need to adapt to coronavirus restrictions, I am glad that Parliamentary business is continuing. This week, I spoke to Johnny Mercer, Minister for Veterans, regarding our shared commitment to ensuring veterans are supported when they leave the Forces. As you know, this is an important cause to me and - having spoken to Forces in the Community and local veterans - I am conscious that this pandemic is having an adverse impact on veterans and their families. I was glad that Minister Mercer shared my commitment to ensuring veterans received support to settle into all aspects of civilian life and I look forward to working with him in the future on this subject.
I am thrilled to share that Stapleford has been awarded £500,000 funding as part of the accelerated Towns Fund programme. Ensuring that Stapleford received a fair share of Government funding was a part of my six-point plan for Broxtowe and I am proud to have worked with colleagues on the Towns Deal Board to deliver this. This funding is an initial allocation to help give local areas a much-needed boost now, with more to follow. Despite such unprecedented circumstances, the Stapleford Towns Deal Board have worked incredibly hard to secure this funding so I would like to congratulate other Board members on their hard work too.