Help for Businesses - Updated

I know a lot of businesses are suffering already and are worried about the impacts of Coronavirus, so I wanted to make sure you have the information available to you. 

Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees

Prime Minister's announcement and school closure

Here is a link to the latest update from the Prime Minister.

The Government announced that after schools shut their gates from Friday afternoon, they will remain closed for most pupils – for the vast majority of pupils- until further notice.

Chancellor's statement on support for Coronavirus

Do have a look at the video above for Chancellor Rishi Sunak's statement on the Government's support for the UK economy against Covid19.

I'll keep posting updates here and on my website over the coming days and weeks.

Health Secretary's statement on Coronavirus

Here is the text of an article from Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, on the current status of Coronavirus in the UK and the government's approach now we have moved on from the 'contain' phase to the 'delay' phase.

Tax helpline

If you run a businesses or are self-employed and are concerned about not being able to pay your taxes due to Coronavirus, please call the HMRC tax helpline on 0800 0159 559.

They are there to help in this difficult time and you can find more information on government support here.

Trip to Edinburgh

Last Thursday, I had really useful meetings today with Tourism Ministers and representatives from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland at the splendid location of Hopetoun House near Edinburgh.

Question on women in sport

Yesterday in Parliament, I answered Flick Drummond MP's question on what we can do to encourage more women in sport.

Visit to Westlands First School

On Friday, I had a very enjoyable morning at Westlands First School in Droitwich.

A huge congratulations on the latest OFSTED rating and report full of compliments and praise, which is a credit to all your hardworking staff and pupils!

Evesham Litterpick

I was pleased to join the team at the Evesham Litterpick on Saturday, and looking forward to joining again soon as part of the Great British Spring Clean campaign who are doing a fantastic job to #KeepBritainTidy.