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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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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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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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PM letter to nation on coronavirus


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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is writing to every UK household to urge them to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. Find the letter here and below.

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Government cracks down on spread of false coronavirus information online


Specialist units are operating to combat misinformation about coronavirus and five to ten incidents are being identified and tackled each day. More: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-cracks-down-on-spread-of-false-coronavirus-information-online

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Coronavirus. What you need to do: stay at home


As the Prime Minister said this week, the coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades – and this country is not alone.  I know that local people are anxious about the temporary changes to which we are adjusting. We are beset by the bewildering pace of Government communications and the sometimes confusing reporting of it. Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service […]

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Government support for the Self-Employed


The Government has announced a new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme to support those who work for themselves. The government will pay self-employed people, who have been adversely affected by the #coronavirus, a taxable grant worth 80% of their average income over the last three years, up to £2,500 per month, for at least three months. Self-employed people who are eligible can apply directly to HMRC for the grant, using a simple online form; HMRC will then pay the grant straight […]

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Sign up to receive up to date information on Covid-19


For the most up to date information from the Government on Covid-19, sign up for email alerts below: https://www.gov.uk/email-signup?link=/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response Remember: Stay at home Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home) Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people Wash your hands as soon as you get home You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

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The Coronavirus Bill and cremation


The Coronavirus Bill 2019-21[1] provides for powers which are inimical to life in a free society, trespassing on some issues which people hold most dear, such as the wishes of the deceased. Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch has warned[2] that the Coronavirus Bill contains the “most draconian powers in peace time Britain”. The Coronavirus Bill: Empowers police, immigration officers and public health officials to demand documentation; detain and isolate members of the public potentially indefinitely, including children; and forcibly take biological samples for testing; Permits prohibition of public events and […]

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CORONAVIRUS: BUCKS MPS CALL ON LOCAL PEOPLE TO FOLLOW GUIDELINES, SHOP SENSIBLY AND KEEP CALM


From Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP, Steve Baker MP, Rob Butler MP,                                     Joy Morrissey MP, Greg Smith MP Coronavirus is having a huge impact on everyone.  Our thoughts are first and foremost with the families and loved ones of those who have died or are unwell. Many people’s lives are changing – whether it is working from home, self-isolating, not going to school or finding empty shelves in the supermarket. We know that this is a very worrying time. […]

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