Charities provide essential frontline services, but they need more funding during COVID-19 crisis

Charities are providing much of the frontline support in our communities during this crisis, but they need additional funding to continue their work. It is vital that the Chancellor recognises this and provides contingency funding, so they can continue to respond to the needs of our most vulnerable.

I raised this with the Minister yesterday. Listen to my speech here:

Call for contingency funding to support self-employed

I have received a lot of enquiries from self-employed constituents over the last few days, and heard a number of stories from our micro-business owners, who are fearful for their future and require immediate support from the Government to survive the coming months.
 
Yesterday, I raised your concerns in the House of Commons and called on the Government to provide immediate contingency funding, to provide stability during the Coronavirus crisis.
You can listen to my speech here:

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.

Last night the Prime Minister announced strict rules around the movement of people, which we must all take to reduce the spread of the virus.

The message is simple – stay at home to protect our NHS and save lives.

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Bin collections and COVID-19

Advice from Gateshead Council in relation to bin collections states:

To help protect our crews and you and your family, we need you to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before you do any of the following:

  • before you put anything in your bin
  • when you put your bin out for collection
  • when you bring your bin in after collection

Full information on bin collections can be found here.

Guidance for parents

I have been contacted by key workers who are unsure about whether their children can still access school, so they can continue to provide essential services to keep our health service, public services and essential supplies going.

The link below includes important information for parents and carers of children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Guidance for employees and employers

I have been contacted by a number of local business owners and employers who are deeply concerned about their future.

Following the Chancellor’s announcements earlier this week, please make sure you are fully aware of your eligibility as an employer or employee. Follow the link below for the official advice from Government in relation to coronavirus and employment.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses