Over the last two months, a number of constituents have contacted me regarding the ASOS warehouse. I share many of the concerns which have been raised with me.I have written to the ASOS Chief Executive, Nick Beighton, on more than one occasion, and I have also written to Barnsley Council about this issue, to highlight the concerns which have been raised with me.It is concerning that there are now confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the ASOS workforce, and my thoughts are with the employees and families affected.It is important that every step is taken to protect the wellbeing of warehouse workers. They deserve the same protections as those who work in high street shops and offices.You can view my letters, and some of the media coverage of this issue, by clicking on the links below.LettersCorrespondence with ASOS: https://cutt.ly/CorrespondenceWithASOS_Letter to Barnsley Council (sent 2nd April): https://cutt.ly/LetterToBarnsleyCouncilMediaBarnsley Chronicle report: https://www.barnsleychronicle.com/article/barnsley-mp-slams-retail-giant-for-neglecting-government-guidance-on-coronavirusWe Are Barnsley report: https://www.wearebarnsley.com/news/10923/mp-raises-concern-over-asosSheffield Star report: https://www.thestar.co.uk/health/coronavirus/asos-accused-playing-russian-roulette-peoples-lives-huge-warehouse-remains-open-2522436ITV News report, with my comments on this issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSY4R0pEJcY&t=19sITV News report: https://www.itv.com/news/2020-03-30/asos-sale-coronavirus-workers-joel-hills/Huffington Post report: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/asos-warehouse-workers_uk_5e7dc9ccc5b6cb9dc19e16fc?a5&fbclid=IwAR0w0THn1IVXvFx_Q4WbhhgANUQji2bUh2lX0MDO0g_Zj69aYF1MLI2GTXQYorkshire Post report on our letter to the Government calling for them to change their advice and provide warehouse workers with the same protections as those working in high street shops and offices: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/health/coronavirus/16-yorkshire-mps-call-government-clarify-key-worker-status-regions-employees-continue-work-2518322
The grieving families of coal miners are being denied post-mortems due to relaxed Covid-19 legislation on death certifications, cheating them the compensation they need and deserve. The Government need to listen to the concerns of miners and the National Union of Mineworkers now. https://www.bbc.co.uk/…/uk-england-south-yorkshire-52820499
I spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield on the impact of relaxing death certificate rules.Miners have spent years suffering from ill-health because of their time down the pits.Their former occupation makes them very vulnerable to COVID-19.They need support now.You can listen to my comments here.
I've coordinated a letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, signed by 20 Labour Coalfields MPs, which calls on the Government to ensure industrial diseases are recognised on the death certificates of miners who sadly die during COVID-19.Current guidance may stop grieving families from getting justice.
PPE is urgently needed by frontline NHS staff & care workers.I will keep pushing the Government to get them the resources they need to look after our community during the Covid-19 crisis.My thoughts go out to the families of those who have lost their lives.Read more on this here.
A recent report by John Mills shows it's areas like Barnsley, with large manufacturing industries, that will help the UK economy bounce back from COVID-19.The Government needs to invest in local businesses now so they survive to help our economy recover tomorrow.Read more here.
We need urgent action to support people living with cancer during this crisis.I’m supporting Macmillan Cancer Support and calling on the Government to stop cancer becoming the “forgotten c” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today's Trussell Trust report, which shows an 81% increase in the need for emergency food parcels, including a 122% rise in parcels given to children, shows how many households have been pushed into poverty due to COVID-19.Families are facing real hardship right now.I will keep pushing for the Government to give them the financial support they need to get through this crisis.
I met virtually with food retailers, including Morrison, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Asda and the Coop, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on food supplies and distribution.Supermarkets play a huge role in feeding the nation, supporting the most vulnerable and ensuring access to essential items.
Shortages in PPE are risking lives.In a phone call with Jo Churchill, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, I pushed for a regional breakdown of PPE supplies and asked the Government to outline its plan to deliver essential PPE to care workers and homes.