Top up to local business grant fund scheme

I really welcome the announcement made over the weekend providing greater clarity on the discretionary element of the small business grants scheme, along with some extra resourcing, which will undoubtedly address a small number of challenging cases I have been taking up with the councils locally.

75th anniversary of VE Day

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day tomorrow, The Royal British Legion is calling on individuals and communities across the UK to come together during key moments to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, who did so much in the name of our freedom.

National Postal Workers Day

Today is the 9th annual National Postal Workers Day and I wanted to take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to all our postal workers who are working tirelessly to make sure we stay connected with our loved ones and businesses can carry on through this really challenging time.

NHS Blood and Transport

NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT) need people who are fit and healthy to keep donating blood as normal. Blood donation sessions and donor centres are still open, and travel to them is essential for the NHS and allowable under the ‘lockdown’ rules.

Sport England’s ‘Stay in, work out’ campaign

I’m proud to support Sport England’s ‘Join the Movement’ campaign, because being active can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety, particularly at the challenging time and generally makes people feel better.

Community Notices

• Good news for people with concessionary bus passes, as they can now be used at any time of day or night. This 24/7 service is there to help the vulnerable and elderly in Northamptonshire to access essential services and shops during the Coronavirus lockdown.

BT Digital Skills

Want to learn more about how to connect with family and friends by using video calling during this emergency period?

The GVC Sports Aid Reception

I was delighted to attend the GVC SportsAid Reception (pre-social distancing) and meet the next generation of talented athletes that GVC are supporting. I look forward to watching their careers develop and hope to see them representing TeamGB in the near future – many ones to watch!

'Family Zone' Education Resources

In response to school closures across the UK, the National Literacy Trust has launched a free online zone for parents seeking ideas and guidance for activities that will engage their children at home, whilst also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.