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.
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.
Too many charities, which offer vital services to vulnerable people, are struggling to stay afloat during this crisis.The Government's £750m package, whilst welcome, is not enough to ensure their survival.Charities, both big and small, need help urgently: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-sets-out-extra-750-million-coronavirus-funding-for-frontline-charities
I spoke to Dearne FM about the need to bring stranded Brits home.Right now, cancelled and extortionately priced flights are stopping thousands of people from getting back.My office is in close contact with the Foreign Office, working around the clock, to get them home.Listen to my comments on Dearne FM here.