[30/07/2020 | No comment]


Following lobbying from the city’s MPs, the Government have made £2.6m available to support Leicester’s economy. While it is less than the £10m that Leicester City Council asked for, it is still a welcome step to help the city recover from lockdown, and many businesses will be relieved to know that further funding support is being made available.

You can keep up to date with the latest local information on coronavirus on Leicester City Council’s website

[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.

[23/03/2020 | No comment]

In the last week I have been contacted by several people who are interested in volunteering to help support those in their local area. This is fantastic and shows the real community spirit we have in Leicester.

Leicester City Council are working in partnership with Voluntary Action Leicestershire and food banks to organise a unified response.

Some examples of how you could help are:

  • Reaching out to people in the community and providing information and advice
  • Dog walking if people are unable to get out themselves
  • Providing a friendly phone call service to help people that may be isolated or lonely
  • Picking up shopping for those that can’t do it easily themselves
  • Posting mail

If you are interested in volunteering to support your local community you can sign up here.

[09/03/2020 | No comment]

In my Leicester Mercury column this month, I talk about Leicester’s new Space Park – which will bring together the University of Leicester’s world leading space science and research with industry to seize the potential of this sector and create more than 3,000 high skill, high value jobs.

For the Space Park to reach the next stage of development, it requires around £30m of Government funding.

Investing this money could make a real difference here in Leicester and across the East Midlands. That is why I will be pressing the Chancellor to back our Space Park in the upcoming budget and Government Spending Review.

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