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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 […]

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 […]