May 29, 2020

My Monthly Newsletter for May

My monthly newsletter to constituents is available here, with news about the new lockdown measures in place in Wales, more COVID-19 news and contact details for my office as we work remotely. You can read my newsletter by clicking here. If you aren’t already, you can sign up to receive my newsletter by clicking here.

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May 29, 2020

New Lockdown Rules in Wales from Monday 1st June

Full guidance and FAQs about the new lockdown rules in Wales: From Monday, 2 households in the same local area will be able to meet outdoors. In doing this, however, people must follow social distancing and strict hand hygiene practices to control the spread of the virus. Local’ means not generally travelling more than 5 miles from home to reduce …

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May 21, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week – Kindness in Cardiff Central

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.   The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 20th year and runs from 18-24 May. This year, the theme for the week is kindness. Across the country, people will be celebrating kindness in a range of digital and …

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May 20, 2020

National Lottery Community Funding Through COVID-19

Find out about National Lottery Community Funding through COVID-19 here. It’s obviously a very tough time for charities and community organisations across Wales and many are facing increasing challenges as a result of COVID-19. The National Lottery Community Fund is continuing to support communities across Wales. This month they have awarded over £5.1million to 164 charities and smaller voluntary led community projects …

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May 19, 2020

Urgent Action Needed on Social Security During Coronavirus Crisis

Today saw the release of new figures from the ONS showing the number of people claiming Universal Credit has jumped to 2.1 million people, an increase of over 850,000 on last month, as the Coronavirus crisis continues to damage the economy and put jobs at risk. Labour has, of course, called for and then supported the introduction of schemes like …

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May 18, 2020

Testing for Everyone in Wales with COVID-19 Symptoms

From today, (Monday 18 May) everyone in Wales with symptoms of coronavirus will be able to request a test as a new online booking service becomes available. Wales is joining a new UK-wide system for ordering home testing kits, in line with the Welsh Government’s Test Trace Protect strategy. Earlier today, the four UK Chief Medical Officers confirmed the loss …

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May 18, 2020

Help Needed for PAYE Freelancers – My Letter to the Chancellor

I have today written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for action to help PAYE freelancers who are unable to access any support through the Government’s financial assistance schemes.   This is a particular problem for staff at the BBC who cannot be furloughed because the BBC does not qualify for the Job Retention Scheme as a public sector organisation. According …

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May 15, 2020

The Route Out of Lockdown in Wales

Earlier today, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the Welsh Government’s ‘Unlocking Our Society and Economy’ document, detailing the traffic light systems the Goverment will use to gradually ease Wales out of lockdown. Thank you to the vast majority of residents in Cardiff Central who’ve been incredibly careful in following the lockdown and social distancing measures, helping to stop the spread …

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May 13, 2020

UK Government Self-Employed Income Support Scheme: Open for Applications

The UK Government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme has opened for applications today and will run until May 18th. The scheme allows you to claim a taxable grant of 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months, and capped at £7,500 altogether. This is a temporary scheme, but it might be extended. If …

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May 12, 2020

Travel Refunds

I’ve had many queries from constituents over the past weeks regarding their rights to refunds from cancelled flights and holidays. These companies should be refunding you – in full. Below is some useful information on how to claim. Travel advice is fast changing – MoneySavingExpert is constantly updating a blog with the latest advice on travel and refunds, which you …

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