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Today (Friday 27th March 2020) Sharon has published an open letter to businesses in Washington and Sunderland West that are still open, despite the Prime Minister’s guidance that people should stay home and only go to work if it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

This comes after many of Sharon’s constituents wrote to her to tell her that, although they were not considered a key worker, their employer was still making them go into work.

Where people are working in essential industries, there are concerns that workers are not always being kept 2 metres apart as per the Government’s guidance.

Sharon urges businesses to seriously consider if their role is contributing to the slowing down the spread of the coronavirus and to put the health of their employees first.

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You can view the letter by clicking on the image above.

If any of Sharon’s constituents are concerned about anything, at work or in general, then they are invited to email Sharon.hodgson.mp@parliament.uk with further details giving their full name and postal address

Sharon writes an open letter to businesses in Washington and Sunderland West open during Covid-19

Today (Friday 27th March 2020) Sharon has published an open letter to businesses in Washington and Sunderland West that are still open, despite the Prime Minister’s guidance that people should...

I know that many constituents will be concerned by Coronavirus (Covid-19). Below are some links that you may find helpful. Please do email me on sharon.hodgson.mp@parliament.uk if you have any questions or concerns.

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Advice from Sunderland City Council:
 
  
  
Advice from Age UK:
 

 

Support in the community: 

In North Ward (Redhill/Castle) >
 
  
  

  

How your business can help:

  
Any additional offers for support should be sent to: ventilator.support@beis.gov.uk. People will be directed towards a webform to fill in with the relevant information. You can also call 0300 456 3565.
 
A separate mailbox has been established to help facilitate any offers for help from business aside from ventilators. These offers can be in relation to property, logistics, food supply, other medical equipment, and so on. The more information which businesses/people can provide about their offer, the better. The email address for these additional business offers is gcfcovid19enquiries@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.
 
  
Help advice from some of the main banks:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Help from Housing and Utilities:
 
 
  
  
Generally

Please follow Public Health England's advice:
  
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  
If you are concerned about your health, then please visit NHS 111 here >
   

Stay at home if you or anyone in your house has coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 14 days if you or anyone in your house has either:

- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

How long to stay at home:

- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
- if you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Update on Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

I know that many constituents will be concerned by Coronavirus (Covid-19). Below are some links that you may find helpful. Please do email me on sharon.hodgson.mp@parliament.uk if you have any...

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington & Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Public Health has today written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding Nissan UK's decision to suspend work at the plant in Sunderland.

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This development will undoubtedly be extremely worrying for the tens of thousands of people who rely upon the plant for their livelihoods, and is an example of just how much of an impact Coronavirus is having on our country.

Sharon is calling on the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to take whatever action is necessary to ensure that no businesses or individuals in this country bear the brunt of this crisis.

Sharon said:

"The news that Nissan UK has decided to suspend production at the plant in my constituency is extremely concerning, and shows just how much of an impact Coronavirus is having on our country.

"The Prime Minister must take further action to safeguard industries and businesses that are already suffering as a result of the virus.

"Both he and the Chancellor need to urgently take steps to ensure that no businesses or individuals bear the brunt of this crisis.  40,000 people in and around my constituency rely upon the plant for their livelihoods and I will do everything I can to secure them."

ENDS

Text of letter:

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
Prime Minister
Prime Minister's Office
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

17 March 2020

Dear Boris,

I am writing to you regarding the decision made today by Nissan UK to suspend production at the Nissan UK plant in my constituency.

This closure joins a growing list of automotive plants in the UK and Europe that have shutdown. As I am sure you will be aware, the automotive industry across the world is being hit hard by this crisis due to the complex and international nature of its supply chains and a sudden drop in demand.

Approximately 40,000 people rely on the plant for their livelihoods, and will be extremely concerned by this sudden development. Many people will be at home tonight fearing an uncertain future, and are looking to the Government to provide assurances.

I would like to know what steps you, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are taking to ensure that no businesses or individuals in this country bear the brunt of this crisis. It would therefore be appreciated it you were able to provide further information on the below:

Will your Government work closely with trade unions to ensure that automotive companies are providing their staff with appropriate pay during any temporary shut downs and suspensions?

What steps will your Government be taking to provide the UK automotive industry with the financial stability that it needs to cope with temporary or more long-term shut downs?

Can you commit to ensuring that your Government will do whatever necessary to ensure that businesses such as Nissan are given all the support they need to endure this crisis?

I appreciate that this is a fast moving and difficult national issue, but I want to re-iterate how important it is that people across the country have as much information as possible about what impact this crisis may have on their employment and financial security.

The Labour Party is calling for a financial stimulus package similar to the one announced in France and Germany. Developments such as the suspension at the Nissan plant are stark examples of why this is now so desperately needed.

Due to the significant public interest in this matter, I am making copy of this letter public immediately.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Sharon Hodgson MP

Washington & Sunderland West Constituency

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Sharon Hodgson MP writes to Prime Minister regarding Nissan UK

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington & Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Public Health has today written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding Nissan UK's decision to suspend...


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