In the last few weeks and months, we have all been reminded of the value of certain support and services. From the NHS, to care and community support services. The amazing voluntary sector and all those working in vital jobs, from cleaning the streets to stacking supermarket shelves, too. Local shops, especially in the early part of the crisis, provided an absolute lifeline for so many. They stayed open, they adapted their stock quickly to meet changing needs. Outside of the
I've been fielding enquiries this week from constituents who have been worried about the measures that come into effect from midnight (tonight) regarding wearing masks in shops, supermarkets and on public transport. I thought it might be helpful to publish some of this information here on my website: The current Government Guidance states that the requirement to wear a face-covering does not apply to: · a child under the age of 11 · passengers in an allocated cabin, berth or
Dear Oliver, RE: Support for music venues I’m writing to you today regarding music venues within the city of Portsmouth and my constituency of Portsmouth North. Our Grassroots Music Venues are the fundamental foundations and cornerstone on which our world beating £5.2 billion per year music industry has been built for the last 60 years. Without our Grassroots Music Venues, there would be no Beatles. No Stones, no Led Zeppelin; to name but a few of our world class bands and ar
"We know when the furlough scheme is flexibly wound down it will be a difficult moment. The £9 billion scheme to incentivise employers to retain furloughed workers is welcome. As is the kick start scheme will help create jobs for young people and the massive increase in training courses. However, I am especially pleased that the Chancellor has recognised that those over 25 will also need retraining opportunities and that there will be a new apprentice scheme for the over 25s.