Updated 8 April 2020

Parliament is in recess for its Easter break, but I’m continuing to press concerns of constituents on the coronavirus crisis. Although I can’t raise issues in the Commons, as I did when the first measures were imposed to limit the spread of coronavirus – seeking clarity of advice and comprehensive support for people (see here) – I am pressing other issues raised by constituents (see here).

I’ve closed my office, to comply with public health advice, but am working from home in Sheffield and liaising with my staff team, who are all working remotely, so that we can provide all the support and advice that is normally available to constituents – and we can be contacted by phone and email as usual.

I’ve been holding regular online ‘meetings’ and discussions with the Council Leader, Chief Executive, the Director of Public Health, Voluntary Action Sheffield, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, South Yorkshire Police and other agencies – to help ensure that, as a city, we can support people through this difficult time.

Lots more people have been getting in touch with me than usual and, with my team, I’m responding as quickly as possible. There’s lots of useful information available from other sources too:

· Medical advice – If you’re worried about Covid-19 and need advice, you can find it from the NHS here.

· Individuals needing help – If you’re self-isolating and need help, or know others who do, information is available from the City Council here or Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) here.

· Business support – A range of grants, loans and other measures have been put in place to support businesses and keep people in employment. See more here.

· Volunteering – It’s been great to see so many people responding to the crisis by volunteering to help others and these efforts are being well-supported by VAS. You can volunteer through VAS here or with the NHS here.

· Offers of help from businesses – Lots of businesses have been in touch to offer help too and the Council are co-ordinating these offers. You can find out more and register your support here.

The weeks ahead are going to remain difficult and, with my team, I’m here to help. So, if you know of anybody needing assistance or advice that’s not covered in the above sources of information, do ask them to contact me (details here).

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