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Support for the Aviation Sector


Back is May I took part in an aviation engagement session with the Department for Transport to raise concerns sent to me by my constituents about the future of the industry and the effect of the Coronavirus lockdown. Following this meeting, the Minister for Aviation, Maritime and Security wrote to me. She outlined how the aviation sector plays a key role in our future as a global trading nation, as well as playing a critical role in local economies. The […]

Protecting jobs, businesses and livelihoods as we begin to kickstart our economy


The Governments top priority has always been to support people, protect jobs and businesses through this crisis. The furlough and self-employment schemes have been a lifeline for millions of people and businesses. Moving into the next phase of our response, the Government are focussed on not just on saving lives, but also saving livelihoods. As we begin to re-open our country and kickstart our economy, these schemes will adjust to ensure those who are able to work can do so, […]

Update on lockdown measures


From Monday, a carefully designed package of measures will come into force as we being to carefully ease some lockdown measures. But it is vital that everyone continues to stay alert, to control the virus and save lives. Thanks to the dedication of the British public, alongside the continued hard work of our NHS, that we are able today to move to step two of our recovery strategy and begin to carefully ease some lockdown measures.   But we must […]

Update from the Prime Minister on our fight against the coronavirus


Good evening, Before I set out our next steps in the fight against the coronavirus, let me update you on the latest data: 3,918,079 tests for coronavirus have now been carried out in the UK, including 119,587 tests carried out yesterday; 269,127 people have tested positive, that’s an increase of 1,887 cases since yesterday; 8,560 people are in hospital with coronavirus, down 11% from 9,607 this time last week. And sadly, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, […]

Covid-19 Testing Update


Next week, the Government will begin offering antibody tests to health and care staff, eligible patients and care residents in England to see if they have had coronavirus, representing further progress in our national testing programme. Antibody testing will play a critically important role as we move into the next phase of our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Knowing if you have these antibodies will help us to understand more about the virus in the future.  Yesterday, the Government signed contracts to supply […]

Employment data from the ONS and the economic effect of Coronavirus


New data from the Office for National Statistics published today begins to show the economic effect Coronavirus is having on the UK. The full data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/ In Wycombe, there were 2,725 claimants (who were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, or were claiming Universal Credit and are required to seek work) in April 2020, or 3.9% of the population aged 16-64. This was 885 higher than March 2020 and 1,355 higher than April 2019. The equivalent UK claimant count was […]

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Updates from Government: multi-billion infrastructure investment, 70 million UK made face-masks and reopening schools


The Government has announced a multi-billion investment in our roads and railways, helping to support our economic recovery and level-up infrastructure across the country. As the country gets back to work, we are encouraging as many people as possible to avoid using public transport and instead travel by car, bike or on foot – and we want to make sure these essential journeys are as easy as possible.  That is why we are delivering a £1.7 billion infrastructure package that will […]

Repatriation Update


After a conference call with FCO ministers, I am delighted to thank them for repatriating so many people. More details on what has been achieved to follow, as we continue to work with people who need to come home. If you need repatriation, in the first instance please contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport, insurance and accommodation providers to see how they can assist. If you require help from the Government, the best course of action […]

Government Update: Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, restarting the housing market & the opening of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme


Yesterday, the Chancellor extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of October,  giving workers and businesses the certainty they need that the Government will continue to support them. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has already protected more than 7 million jobs across the UK which would otherwise have been at risk. As the Government moves into the second stage of its response to coronavirus, it is focused on not just saving lives, but also saving livelihoods.  We will extend the […]

£76 million of extra emergency funding for the most vulnerable


The Government are making £76 million of extra emergency funding available for the most vulnerable in society, ensuring they can get the support and help they need during this pandemic. During this time of national emergency, it is vital that everyone stays at home, to protect the NHS and save lives – but for the most vulnerable in society, the home may not be the safe haven it should be.  That is why we are making an extra £76 million available to […]