Prime Ministers update on Coronavirus


Last night, the Prime Minister updated the nation on the coronavirus outbreak, confirming we have passed the peak and that next week he will set out a comprehensive plan to continue to suppress the disease while re-starting the economy. Thanks to the massive collective effort to shield the NHS, we have avoided an uncontrollable and catastrophic epidemic where the reasonable worst-case scenario was 500,000 deaths.  We are now past the peak and on the downward trend, so next week the Government will […]

Sabeti Wain Aerospace Making Scrubs & Gowns for the NHS


I’m incredibly proud of the way our community has pulled together in Wycombe to support the NHS, with local aerospace manufacturer Sabeti Wain repurposing from aircraft upholstery to gowns and scrubs for the NHS. They have provided me with the following statement. Please get in touch with the company direct if you would like them to produce scrubs or gowns for your care setting, or if you have relevant supplies they may need. You can also read more about their […]

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Local MPs welcome extra £14.9m for council services in Buckinghamshire


The Government is providing an additional £1.6 billion to local authorities so they have the resources they need to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Buckinghamshire allocated total of £14.9 million to continue providing essential services and support to those who need it the most. Buckinghamshire’s five MPs have welcomed the announcement that the new unitary council will receive almost £15 million from a new £1.6 billion fund to make sure councils can continue to support their communities and deliver vital […]

Urgent Elective Surgery in the NHS


This heart-breaking case illustrates why we need urgently to resume elective surgery in the NHS for the full range of conditions. https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/18411755.daughter-marlow-rugby-clubs-director-denied-surgery/?ref=twtrec I am pressing the Department for Health and Social Care and Secretary of State Matt Hancock with named day written parliamentary questions:  “To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to resume urgent elective surgery in the NHS as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement”. https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2020-04-28/41037/ […]

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Written Parliamentary Question in support of community radio stations


Last week I tabled written parliamentary questions to the Government asking if they will take steps to support community radio stations like Wycombe Sound through the covid-19 outbreak. Today the Government responded: “The Government is strongly supportive of the community radio sector and recognises the great value that it offers to communities across the United Kingdom, in terms of providing quality local news, information and entertainment.We recognise the challenges that some community stations are facing due to Covid-19 and are […]

Interview with Wycombe Sound


In today’s interview with Wycombe Sound I mentioned a number of links and said I would publish them on my social media pages and website to ensure everyone has access to the correct information. You can hear the interview here: https://wycombesound.org.uk/bob-talks-to-wycombe-mp-steve-baker-28-04-20/ A summary of where to find accurate and up-to-date information on Coronavirus: The Governments plans to support jobs: Government support for the Self-Employed: Government support for Businesses: A blog I wrote saying a huge thank you to Sabeti Wain […]

Government Begins Large-Scale Virus Infection and Antibody Test Study


The Government is beginning a large-scale virus infection and antibody test study. 20,000 households in England are being contacted to take part in the first wave of a major new government study to track coronavirus (COVID-19) in the general population. The study will help improve understanding around the current rate of infection and how many people are likely to have developed antibodies to the virus.  Participants in the study will form a representative sample of the entire UK population by […]

Domestic Production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


Pleased to have an update from the Department for Health and Social care on the Governments plans to ramp up domestic production of personal protective equipment (PPE). The provision and distribution of PPE to our frontline staff is critical. The Government have expanded our warehousing and distribution facilities to manage the unprecedented levels of demand across the wider public sector, calling on resources from the Department of Health & Social Care, the NHS and the Ministry of Defence. In the […]

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Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council: Ramadan and Covid-19 ?


For Muslims across Buckinghamshire, the holy month of Ramadan – which begins on Thursday 23 April – will feel very different this year. Government guidance on staying at home means that it will not be possible for people to attend congregational prayers or break fast with family and friends living outside their household. Additionally, the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic means that it is more important than ever before that people take appropriate steps to look after their physical and […]

Information for schools, students and parents on how qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.


Since the Secretary of State for Education announced that the 2020 exam series in England would be cancelled to help fight the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government have worked at speed to develop a process which fairly recognises students’ work and makes sure they get their grades in time to progress. You will find on this page details about how GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded this summer, further guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers and […]

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