Covid-19: Everything You Need To Know About Coronavirus

This is an unprecedented challenge and one of great concern. The Government is tackling this issue with the immense health and scientific expertise which we have available to us. I have exchanged messages with the Prime Minister. He accepts that there will be tough times ahead but is resolute that we will get through this.

We live in an area which has the highest average age in the UK. This makes it even more important that residents take care of themselves, and others. Everyone in Parliament and Government is determined that we will get the country through this. 

As you can imagine, we are experiencing an unprecedented level of casework from individuals with unique challenges. I have therefore provided information and links to official advice and will continue to update as the situation changes. Please do check these first and if your query is not answered then I, and my small team, will do our best to help.

Useful links: Gov.UKBBC NewsNHSNews from Parliament.

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Evidence for face coverings should be clear

Parliament is now in its final week before the summer recess. This allows for more time for constituency and constituents and less time commuting back and forth.

Watch: Social Distancing and Public Transport

The Prime Minister made a statement today where he announced the news welcome to many that the social distancing rules were being relaxed as the infection rate continues to decline. Of importance to businesses was the reduction of the 2 metre rule to 1 metre.

Salute to all the schools returning

It was a case of back to school for many in the constituency and back to Parliament for me and for many MPs. Some have questioned why MPs are going back if they are able to work and vote remotely.

Watch: Questions about Bexhill Testing Centre

In today's Urgent Question on Coronavirus and Care Homes, I raised with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care getting more care workers through the Bexhill Coronavirus Testing Centre. The delay in getting it linked up to the central system has been frustrating.

Watch: Advocating air bridges

During today's Transport Oral Questions I was granted an intervention in my role as Chairman of the Transport Select Committee.

Watch: Huw in General Covid Debate

I spoke during the General Covid debate yesterday in Parliament. I focused on the transportation and particularly aviation which has been badly impacted, especially for cabin crew and staff at British Airways.

Local MPs welcome more help for local businesses

Local MPs, Huw Merriman and Sally-Ann Hart, welcomed yesterday’s announcement that the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been protecting local jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, will be extended until the end of October.

Support for Small Businesses Left Behind 

Whilst I welcome the Government’s emergency financial package to support businesses during the Coronavirus epidemic, I am concerned to ensure that every legitimate business gets this targeted help. 

Care Home Resilience 

With so many care settings in the constituency, I continue to keep a close eye on the support which staff and residents are receiving. This applies to national and local Government support.