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[23/10/2020 | No comment]
Today I’ve written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, alongside Jon Ashworth, MP for Leicester South, demanding more financial support for our city. It was announced yesterday that the Government would provide additional funding for those in Tier 2 areas, backdated until August. Leicester went into further lockdown on 30 June, meaning that unless urgent action is taken, our city will miss out on funding to cover our extended lockdown period.
 
Leicester has been in lockdown for longer than anywhere else in the country – yet has only received a fraction of the support offered elsewhere. We need support for the city’s businesses backdated to July, so the costs of our additional lockdown are covered. We also need funding to support our city council to carry out test and trace Additionally, we must also ensure that no school loses out on funding because of additional costs suffered throughout the pandemic.
 

Read the full letter here.

Read coverage of the letter in the Leicester Mercury.

[15/10/2020 | No comment]

 

I was pleased to work with Clockwise Credit Union to celebrate International Credit Union Day. Clockwise do wonderful work supporting people in Leicester West and across the city. They are a lifeline for many people, especially during these challenging times. 

Their latest report shows how Clockwise has helped thousands of people manage their money and improve their financial skills – preventing many people from losing their homes and helping them feel less stressed about money.

Watch the full video online.

[15/10/2020 | No comment]

 

The Government’s approach to lockdowns is not working. We need a national circuit break to tackle this virus. This will allow us to reduce rates of transmission, but also allow the country to fix the broken test, trace and isolate system. 

We need more local involvement in contact tracing systems, and a guarantee that people can afford to self-isolate. 

Watch my appearance on Politics Live.

[13/10/2020 | No comment]

 

I spoke to BBC East Midlands Today about the news that Leicester has been put into Tier 2 of the Government’s new lockdown restrictions.
 
While I’m pleased that people in Leicester can finally meet family and friends in private gardens, this will become a challenge as winter approaches and the weather worsens.
 
We now need clarity on what it will take for us to move into Tier 1, so households can spend time together indoors throughout the colder months.
 

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