This has been such a strange week for all of us, and it will be quite some time until we return to normality. Meantime, thank you to everyone who is helping by staying home to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and the pressure on vital services. It’s so important that we all follow the advice we’ve been given so that we can protect the most vulnerable members of our community and get this pandemic under control as soon as we can.
My team and I are doing our best to deal with the many queries being raised with us, but the volume of work means we can’t always respond as quickly as we’d like. Sometimes the government hasn’t provided clear information, and we’re having to wait for further guidance. I’m trying to post as much information as I can on Facebook and on my website as I receive it, including information about sources of advice. Please keep an eye on my website here and Facebook page here.
My main concerns right now include the lack of personal protective equipment for our frontline workers, dealing with reports from constituents of being forced to go to work in unsafe workplaces, and the many queries I’m receiving about access to financial support if wages or work dry up. I’m also very anxious about a number of constituents who are currently trapped abroad. My team and I are doing all we can to get them home as quickly as possible, but with many countries now closing their borders and airspace, this is proving very challenging – I can only imagine how desperately anxious their families back home must feel.
Of course, it’s also vitally important that we look out for the most vulnerable during this crisis, and I’m in regular contact with Trafford Council, who are doing an amazing job to protect them. Both the council and the NHS have set up volunteer schemes if anyone would like to offer their help – you can sign up here. I know a number of local groups are also working to provide support in their neighbourhoods – the council has set up community hubs to coordinate everyone’s efforts, so please make sure you’re in contact with your local hub (details here). I also want to acknowledge local shops and businesses that are continuing to provide us with essential supplies.
Last night, I stood at my window to join the national applause for all those who care for us, and I know many constituents were also at their windows or other balconies and doorsteps to do the same. This crisis has changed the way we do so many things in our lives. But the support and care so many in our community offer to one another is one thing that hasn’t changed. Please continue to take care of your family, friends, your neighbours and yourselves during this crisis. And please remember – stay home and help save lives.