Updated 23 March 2020

At the start of last week, as the Government began to step up their action on coronavirus, I pressed Ministers for clarity in their advice and comprehensive support for people in dealing with the measures imposed to limit the spread of coronavirus (see here). I wrote immediately to the Chancellor after his announcement on Friday failed to provide adequate support for the self-employed (see here) and am continuing to raise other issues.

Locally I held meetings and discussions with the Council Leader and Chief Executive, the Director of Public Health, Voluntary Action Sheffield and the police – to help ensure that, as a city, we can support people through the measures being imposed to reduce the spread of the disease.

This week, in order to minimise attendance in Parliament in line with public health advice, MPs have been asked not to travel to Westminster (read more here) unless specifically required to be there. I’m therefore working from home in Sheffield, liaising with my staff team who are working remotely to provide all the support and advice that is normally available to constituents. So, although my office is now closed, we can be contacted by phone and email as usual.

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 Voluntary Action Sheffield. You can find out more about the network of community support here, if you wish to volunteer or know someone who needs help. The City Council is also providing useful information here.

The weeks ahead are going to be difficult, but if you know of anybody needing assistance, do ask them to contact me (details here).

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