COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 numbers

Understandably, many local people have contacted me about this very troubling national emergency and as you would expect, Parliament has spent a considerable amount of time debating it and scrutinising the Government’s response.
 
I appreciate it is difficult not to be concerned by the current situation, but it is essential that we all remain calm, follow the comprehensive public health advice and take appropriate precautions, including thorough and regular hand-washing, and isolating where necessary.
 
I genuinely believe that the Government is taking all appropriate steps to try and protect and shield the public from this global disease, as far as we are able, and it is the case that we have global experts leading and informing the UK’s response. That response is informed by the science and is evidence-based.  We are also providing a comprehensive package of support to help people, businesses and communities through this challenging period, which will undoubtedly be responsive to the changing circumstances ahead.

A significant number of local people are also contacting me via email with a wide range of concerns and queries relating to this. I am working through these issues as quickly as I can and trying to get the best possible advice on these various points. I'm doing my best to get back to people as quickly as possible and these enquiries are being prioritised, but that is inevitably meaning correspondence on other issues is taking longer than usual to turn around. Please bear with me - I promise I will get back to you.

With that in mind, it would be hugely helpful if local people could help me to best help you - there is a considerable body of guidance and advice out there on many of the questions I am being asked, and so I would ask people to consult the various links below in the first instance, but should any question not be answered, or you require any further information, please do come back to me and I will happily make further enquiries.

You can find all the up-to-date public health advice and guidance, here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

There is also a significant body of Government advice covering a whole range of issues and frequently asked questions relating to this ongoing situation at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response?fbclid=IwAR3CHvLEoa0olwxETd8y9vGdetKYqGMYntJevX1HSo0hBM-S2go9x77Cb6E

You can find the full emergency Coronavirus Bill which the Government has introduced to Parliament, here: https://services.parliament.uk/Bills/2019-21/coronavirus.html, and a briefing on what the Bill seeks to do, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-bill-what-it-will-do/what-the-coronavirus-bill-will-do.

Many former doctors, nurses, midwifery professionals and other clinicians are offering to come back to frontline NHS duties to assist with the emergency effort - an extremely kind and generous commitment for which we are all immensely grateful. To learn more about this, or to register your willingness, please go to the following link:  https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/returning-clinicians/.

The Government has also asked for industry support to help manufacture COVID-19 testing capacity and testing kits.  The specifications can be found, here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-on-coronavirus-covid-19-tests-and-testing-kits. If your business is able to support this effort, please register, here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business

You can also find below the links to several very useful ‘Dear Colleague’ letters I have received from Ministers, which I want to share as they detail the up-to-date advice, guidance, help and support being made available across several key areas of policy.

Chancellor of the Exchequer on support being made available to businesses and those affected by employment related difficulties (18.03.20): https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Rishi%20Sunak%20MP.pdf.

Secretary of State for Education on schools and settings for young people (20.03.20): https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Gavin%20Williamson%20MP.pdf.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government on housing, communities, local government and social care matters (20.03.20): https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Robert%20Jenrick%20MP.pdf.

Minister for Disabled People on the suspension of face-to face assessments for health and disability benefits (16.03.20): https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20Justin%20Tomlinson%20MP.pdf.

Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and Secretary of State for Health & Social Care on the extension of Statutory Sick Pay and benefits measures (13.03.20): https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Matt%20Hancock%20MP%20%26%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Therese%20Coffey%20MP.pdf.

Chancellor of the Exchequer about steps to support people to stay in work; provide support to those who are without employment; strengthen the safety net for the self-employed; and help people to stay in their homes (20.03.20): https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Rishi%20Sunak%20MP%2020.03.20.pdf.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government on businesses subject to further social distancing measures across the UK: https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Robert%20Jenrick%20MP%2020.03.20.pdf.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government on targeted support to protect the most vulnerable: https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Robert%20Jenrick%20MP%2024.03.20.pdf.

Secretary of State for Transport on rail services: https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Grant%20Shapps%20MP%2023.03.20.pdf.

Chief Executive of UK Finance on how the banking and finance industry is supporting businesses and customers to access the finances, support and guidance they need: https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/Letter%20from%20the%20Chief%20Executive%20of%20UK%20Finance%2023.03.20.pdf.

Association of British Insurers on insurance related matters affected by this emergency: https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/Letter%20from%20the%20Association%20of%20British%20Insurers.pdf.

Minister for Immigration on immigration and visa related matters: https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20Kevin%20Foster%20MP%2026.03.20.pdf.

Secretary of State for Health & Social Care and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on how to volunteer: https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Matt%20Hancock%20MP%20%26%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Oliver%20Dowden%20CBE%20MP%2027.03.20.pdf.

Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional support for self-employed individuals: https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-03/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Rishi%20Sunak%20MP%2026.03.20.pdf.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families on support for the early years and childcare sector: https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-04/%27Dear%20Colleague%27%20Letter%20from%20Vicky%20Ford%20MP%20.pdf

Secretary of State for Education on the reopening of schools and other education settings (12.05.20): https://www.votepursglove.co.uk/sites/www.votepursglove.co.uk/files/2020-05/Dear%20Colleague%20Letter%20from%20the%20Rt.%20Hon%20Gavin%20Williamson%20CBE%20MP.pdf

Northamptonshire County Council have also created a dedicated section on their website and are continuing to build on its content as the situation evolves. Its aim is for these webpages to be a single point of contact for local people for up-to-date advice and signposting about local services, which you can find, here:  https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/Pages/default.aspx.

You can find the latest Government advice relating to pets, here:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals.

You can also find in the image at the top of the page, the contact numbers for various key hotlines, which you may wish to access.

Finally, I know that people right across Corby & East Northamptonshire will be keeping an eye on their neighbours and offering a helping hand - and I'm so grateful for all those kind efforts, but if there are specific community initiatives going on, please let me know and I will happily share the details.