Westminster News

Test and Trace Programme

This morning, the Government launched the test and trace programme - a means for us to help get back to normal by testing and isolating those with the virus.

The NHS test and trace service:

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week, it's Mental Health Awareness Week, and in these challenging times, it's so important to be aware of and to be looking after your mental health.

Getting cameras rolling again

I'm pleased that the government has been able to work with broadcasters on guidance to get filming rolling safely on our favourite TV shows and soaps again.

Phased return of sport and recreation

Here are the details on the phased return of outdoor sport in England:

What we’re doing
We are increasing people’s access to outdoor physical activity for the purpose of health and wellbeing. This includes use of outdoors sports courts and facilities.

Extension of furlough scheme

Following the Chancellor's announcement in the House of Commons, here is some more information on the support available:

Protecting Jobs and Businesses by Extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

At the despatch box for DCMS Questions

On Monday, I was at the despatch box in a very empty House of Commons Chamber taking questions for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Support package for innovative firms

UK businesses driving innovation and development will be helped through the coronavirus outbreak with a £1.25 billion government support package, the Chancellor announced today.

Making home education more accessible

A significant online learning support package has been announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. 

It will ensure vulnerable children and disadvantaged young people at vital stages of their education have access to essential resources at home.

Extension of furlough scheme

The Government has decided to extend the furlough scheme until June to reflect continuing social distancing measures.