Thank a Teacher Day 2020

Today is 'Thank a Teacher Day’ and I would like to pay tribute to teachers across Kenilworth & Southam who work hard to give all our children the start they need in life, even when current restrictions mean they can’t share a classroom.

Infection Control Fund

The government has announced a £600m Infection Control Fund, launched to reduce the transmission of coronavirus in care homes.

For Warwickshire this means over £7m to support the care beds in the county.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health, with this year’s theme focusing on the power and potential of kindness.

Business Guidance

The government has released new guidance for businesses on how to make workplaces as safe as possible. This was developed in consultation with 250 businesses, unions, industry leaders and devolved administration.

VE Day Reflections

Last Friday’s VE Day celebrations were more muted and far less expansive than planned, but I want to thank our Town Councils, community groups and the Royal British Legion who put a huge amount of effort into planning them.

Business Networking Session

Last Thursday, I attended a virtual networking session for businesses across Warwickshire so I could hear first hand about issues of concern and understand how local businesses are coping at this time.

Income Support Scheme

The Self Employment scheme online service is available from today.

If you’re eligible, you will be told the date you can make your claim from. If your claim is approved you’ll receive your payment within 6 working days.

Extension to the Furlough Scheme

The Chancellor has extended the furlough scheme until October, in addition there will be added flexibility added to the scheme from August, allowing for part time work.

International Nurses Day 2020

I want to wish all Nurses a Happy International Nurses Day. In these times we are reminded of how vital they are to the Health Service and of the invaluable support they provide. We are grateful to them all.