Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Businesses – Parliamentary Question on the Resumption of Trading

I have received this answer to my recently submitted Parliamentary Question: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (38407): Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assumptions a business should make on when they can resume trading so they […]

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Job losses at BA?

I have had a  number of emails about the worrying situation at BA  I was shocked to read the statement from IAG on the publication of their first quarter results. I note they managed to lose a large sum on fuel and currency hedges as at that date, which presumably is a one off. I […]

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Coronavirus Testing

I have received this update from the Government: Today the Government announced that anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms who either must go to work or is over 65 can now be tested.  Further information on accessing the service is available here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Apply for a test here: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/test-type

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Charitable thoughts

I have been approached by constituents who are working hard for charity. One has asked me to mention his idea that people stuck at home might like to donate the price of their  missed haircut to charity.  To do so he has set up  www.haircutforcharity.com for those who would like to check it out. Another has […]

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Dental care hubs

I have received this update from NHS England: Dear Mr Redwood Since the announcement on 25th March that all routine dentistry should cease, there are now 36 hubs now fully operational across the South-East of England. Urgent dental care hubs have been opened in Berkshire over the last week with hubs opening in Maidenhead and […]

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

I have received the enclosed update from HMRC: Dear Sir John, I want to update you on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. I’m very grateful to the huge number of MPs who have shared HMRC’s guidance on the scheme with constituents and would please ask you continue to do so. More than 285,000 businesses have […]

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West Berkshire

I had a most reassuring conversation with the Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council today. He reported no known problems with protective clothing for West Berkshire social services. They have established a virus test centre in Newbury for key workers to use if they have symptoms or worries about their health or exposure to the disease. […]

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COVID-19: Business ‘support finder’ tool and ventilator specifications

The Government has launched a new ‘support finder’ tool which will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them. For more details, please visit this link: https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder The Government has produced an update to the specification for any manufacturers seeking to make ventilators. […]

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Job Retention Scheme open for claims

I have received this update from HMRC: Dear Sir John, Employers in your constituency can now claim online for a grant for 80% of their furloughed employees’ salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee, per month, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This scheme will be open until the end of June 2020. […]

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More money for Councils

I have received this update from the Government: Dear John SUPPORTING LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN RESPONDING TO COVID-19 Local government is an essential part of our response to Covid-19 and has mobilised to help us keep the country moving, protect the NHS and save lives, whilst delivering social care and other vital public services. I announced […]

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