Petition to SCRAP PLANS to restrict Freedom Passes and travel for under 18s
As part of a financial bailout arrangement between Government and TfL, the Older Person’s Freedom Pass will no longer be valid on TfL services before 9 am and the free travel provision for the under 18s will be scrapped.
You can read more and sign a petition to scrap these plans here.
Guidance for people who are shielding and clinically vulnerable
The Government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding and clinically extremely vulnerable.
From 6th July, the Government will be advising:
- you can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing
- you no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household
- if you live alone, you can form a support bubble
From 1st August the government will be advising that shielding will be paused.
I am sure this will be welcome news for many of you who have had to endure the isolation of shielding for many months now, although I recognise that many will also be anxious about the risks.
For further details please visit this link.
Standing up for your concerns
Petition on schools returning in September
On behalf of local parents, headteachers and the September for Schools Campaign headed up by a Twickenham resident, last week I presented a parliamentary petition urging the Government to devise a plan for children to safely return to school in September.
Read more here.
Support for those working in the creative industries
Many self-employed people working in the creative industries have been excluded from Government support schemes. The sector makes a huge contribution to our economy and wellbeing.
I raised this in Parliament last week on behalf of my constituents who are worried about the future and facing financial hardship.
Local residents excluded from Govt support schemes
A recent Treasury Select Committee report shows the Government can take actions to reduce the number of people excluded from Covid-19 support schemes. Many local residents have been left behind by the schemes are anxious about their income. I’ve written to the Chancellor again pressing for him to take action.
You can read more about my letter here.
Tackling racial disparities in mental health treatment
Latest figures show that black African and black Caribbean people are four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act.
Last week, I urged the Government to take action to address disparities in mental health treatment for those from a BAME background.
You can read more about this here.
Ensuring Test & Trace can operate more effectively locally
When the Health Secretary announced earlier this week that he was locking down Leicester, I challenged him regarding the provision of detailed data to local authorities to enable them to spot outbreaks early. You can hear more here.
Improving pay and conditions for our social care workforce
Many local residents signed parliamentary petitions calling for improved pay and conditions for NHS and care staff. We debated these petitions in Parliament last week and I spoke in support of these calls last week. Read more here.
British Airways redundancies
I’m disappointed by the Transport Minister’s reply to my letter regarding British Airways plans for widescale redundancies and a downgrading of terms and conditions for all remaining employees.
You can read the Minister’s response to my letter here.