Worcester MP Robin Walker has urged the people of Worcester to get behind measures set by the government in response to COVID-19; by staying at home and protecting the NHS and saving lives. 

Robin has been speaking with ministerial colleagues to constantly get up-to-date information and has been busy taking up cases of constituents and businesses in Worcester. Robin will no longer be conducting public face-to-face surgeries because of the potential risk to both constituents and staff, however he is  looking at other ways of maintaining advice and contact, including surgeries via telephone. 

The Government is posting a range of measures on its website each day and Robin has urged people in Worcester to keep an eye on the website www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information and for medical assistance visit https://111.nhs.uk/ 

Robin was pleased to see the recent announcement by the Chancellor that millions of people across the UK could benefit from the new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, with those eligible receiving a cash grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profit over the last three years. This covers 95% of people who receive the majority of their income from self-employment.

This brings parity with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, where the Government committed to pay up to £2,500 each month in wages of employed workers who are furloughed during the outbreak. 

These measures come after the Chancellor announced on the 17th of March an unprecedented package of government-backed and guaranteed loans to support businesses, making available an initial £330bn of guarantees – equivalent to 15% of GDP.

This was on top of a series of measures announced at Budget 2020, the government announced £30 billion of additional support for public services, individuals and businesses experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19, including a new £5 billion COVID-19 Response Fund, to provide any extra resources needed by the NHS and other public services to tackle the virus.

Robin urges people in Worcester to stick to the guidelines and stay at home. If people are going into the public then they should: 

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work. 
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home. 

Robin commented: 

“I have seen a huge increase in requests for assistance and I am doing my best to offer help and advice where I can. During this very busy period, I am trying to respond to queries as quickly as I can and I would also encourage constituents to consult the official Government website at gov.uk/coronavirus.”

“The Treasury has set up a really useful website for businesses and working people who need help or support at www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/.”

“I have also been contacted by people who are overseas and need advice or assistance and would encourage people to stay in close contact with the local consular office also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office helpline number which is 0207 0081 500.”

“I am doing my best to help where I can and people who need any other assistance can email me at robin.walker.mp@parliament.uk.”

“The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest public health emergency in a generation. The message to the public is clear: stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. By working together, we can get through this.”

ENDS 

For more information on COVID-19, please see: 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://111.nhs.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus