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Update on Coronavirus – September 2020

 - As at 24 Sept 2020.

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New measures have been introduced across the North East, including in our constituency, to try and bring down the rising number of Coronavirus cases.  New nationwide guidance has also been introduced, but please note the local measures override those.


Local lockdown Regulations now ban the following:


- People must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens

- Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only

- Late night restriction of operating hours will be introduced, with leisure and entertainment venues (including pubs and restaurants) required to close between 10pm to 5am

People are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:

- Not to socialise with other people outside of their own households in all public venues

- Only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work

- Take holidays only within your own household or support bubble

- Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators

Information from Sunderland City Council, including FAQs, can be found here:
https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/article/17375/New-Covid-19-restrictions-for-our-region-17-September

Full guidance from the Government can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/north-east-of-england-local-restrictions


On 22 September, the Government also announced new nationwide measures to suppress the virus, including:

- Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings.

- Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings

- To help contain the virus, office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter.

- Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.

- In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.

The full guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

The latest NHS information and advice on Coronavirus can be found here:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

I know that this is a difficult time for many people, and I want to assure constituents that I am doing everything I can to get as much information from Government as possible. It is vitally important that everyone plays their part in reducing infection rates and protecting our NHS by adhering to these measures.

Where such action has been taken in other areas cases have gone down, so it is really important that we do the same in the coming days and weeks. I know that some people have been experiencing difficulty in accessing tests for Coronavirus. If any constituents have found that to be the case, please do let me know and I will raise it directly with the Government.

Please email me at: hodgsons@parliament.uk

Please include your full home address details.


Update on Coronavirus – September 2020

Update on Coronavirus – September 2020 - As at 24 Sept 2020.New measures have been introduced across the North East, including in our constituency, to try and bring down the rising...

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington & and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Veterans has welcomed the new measures in Washington and Sunderland West and across the North East, aimed at curbing the rising cases of Coronavirus.

(Clicking on the above image will take you to guidance provided by the Government on the new restrictions)

Sharon is calling on all constituents to follow the measures, in order to keep everyone safe and ensure that our NHS is not overwhelmed.

Full guidance from the Government can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/north-east-of-england-local-restrictions

Information from Sunderland City Council, including FAQs, can be found here:

https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/article/17375/New-Covid-19-restrictions-for-our-region-17-September

Sharon said:

‘’I welcome the new measures being introduced, as the rise in cases of coronavirus in recent days has been concerning. The Government must now provide any additional support that our Local Authority needs for improved testing and to support people where necessary.

‘’It is vitally important that everyone follows the new measures, in order to keep us all safe, and protect our NHS.

‘’This will be a challenging time for many people, but I know that we can work together and bring the cases down in the coming days and weeks.’’

 

NB - see Update on Coronavirus – 24 September 2020 >


Sharon Hodgson MP welcomes new measures in Washington and Sunderland West to curb rising cases of Coronavirus

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington & and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Veterans has welcomed the new measures in Washington and Sunderland West and across the North...

You can read Sharon's latest Echo column below or on the Sunderland Echo website

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The last Labour Government aimed to spread power and opportunity to all, to ensure that the next generation were not held back by their background.

That is why, in 2004, Labour launched the Child Trust Fund (CTF) scheme. This bold policy ensured that every child would have access to savings at the start of their adult life, no matter their background. For every young person born after the 1st September 2002, Labour invested at least £250 in a fund, from which only that young person can draw money.

This month, the first generation to benefit from CTFs turn 18, and can access this fund for the first time. Over the next 9 years, 50,000 young people across the country each month will come of age and be able to access their fund.

In Washington and Sunderland West, 8,700 young people have a CTF and will see the difference a Labour Government can make to their lives.

The contrast with the Tories’ mishandling of young people’s futures couldn’t be clearer. Students have faced a summer of chaos following the Government’s A-Level results fiasco, which follows a series of failures for young people, be it on school funding, university fees, or public health.

In fact, it was the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition Government which scrapped the innovative CTF scheme in 2011.

Given the time that has passed since the CTF scheme was launched and now with the significant impact of the pandemic, I am worried that many 18-year olds and their parents may be unaware, or have forgotten, that an account exists for them. I don’t want any young person to miss out on money that is rightfully theirs.

To find out more about this scheme, or to find your fund, visit https://www.gov.uk/child-trust-funds/

If you know anyone who is about to turn 18, make sure that they’re aware that they have money that is theirs to manage.

Every trust fund, and every choice it enables, is a reminder of the difference a Labour government can make. Today’s young adults will be the beneficiaries of Labour’s determination to make lives better and society fairer.

Sunderland Echo website >

ECHO COLUMN: Child Trust Fund scheme is a reminder of the difference a Labour government can make

You can read Sharon's latest Echo column below or on the Sunderland Echo website The last Labour Government aimed to spread power and opportunity to all, to ensure that the...


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