Death certifications

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

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield on death certificate rules

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.

Letter to the Government on death certificate rules

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.

Pressing the Government to provide PPE for NHS and care workers

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.

Pressing the Government to support manufacturing industries

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.

Supporting Macmillan

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.

Pushing the Government to support local residents

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.

Meeting with food retailers

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.

PPE supplies

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.

Letter to the Government on the licence fee

I've signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions calling for the indefinite suspension of the withdrawal of the licence fee for over 75s.I welcome the Government’s decision to delay the withdrawal of the free TV licences in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.Many elderly people feel cut off from family & friends due to Covid-19. They shouldn't have to worry about paying for tv licenses in the near future.