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[11/07/2020 | No comment]

In my Leicester Mercury column this month, I talk about Leicester’s second lockdown and the support we need from the government to beat this virus.

We still don’t know what criteria the government will use for its review of lockdown on July 18. This has created a sense of uncertainty for our citizens, businesses, and public services.

I will continue to call for extra help for Leicester, including more detailed testing information, additional support for the economy and public services, and clarity about how what it will take to lift lockdown.

 

[08/07/2020 | No comment]

Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for Business and Industry, has confirmed to me that “there are no plans for changing the scope or extend any of the schemes currently available” for businesses and employees as a result of the Leicester local lockdown.

This is totally unacceptable. We have no idea when we are going to come out of this lockdown, but the Government has now confirmed there will be no extra financial help for our city. No extended support for employees on furlough, even if we are still in complete lockdown when the Government starts withdrawing the scheme. No extra money for businesses who are already struggling and at their wits end, forced to close their doors again or delay opening at all. And no extra support for the city council despite all the extra work they are doing to protect vulnerable people who are shielding, keep the homeless off the streets, and get food to people who can’t even afford to eat.

People in Leicester have already made huge sacrifices, and are going the extra mile to stay home once more, so we can get on top of this awful virus. They deserve better than a Government who just seems willing to leave people to fend for themselves.

You can read more about this story here and here.

[08/07/2020 | No comment]

 

Reforming social care is the challenge of our generation. We need a long-term plan on social care funding, that doesn’t place the burden on individuals.

I spoke to Channel 4 news about the crisis facing social care following Boris Johnson’s comments on care homes yesterday – watch the full interview here.

[03/07/2020 | No comment]

I’m so proud of all the amazing volunteers in Leicester who have pulled together during the pandemic to help our friends, families and neighbours.

Now we have to do it all over again.

But we will succeed because we are a city of solidarity #WeAreLeicester

 

 

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