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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May 11, 2020

Updated Lockdown Restrictions in Wales (11th May)

The word from the Welsh Government is clear – in Wales, the lockdown remains in force. The advice from the Welsh Government is still to stay at home. Stay at home means: only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if is not reasonably practicable to work from home) stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people …

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May 11, 2020

Welsh Water: Support for Customers

Welsh Water have a range of support measures in place for customers in difficulty with their water bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are having trouble paying your water bills, its imperative you contact Welsh Water ASAP – either online by clicking here, or by phone on 0800 052 0145 and they will be able to take you through …

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May 6, 2020

Welsh Government Grants for Small Charities in Wales

Today, the Welsh Government has announced that thousands of small charities within the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors will receive a £10,000 business support grant to help them respond to challenges posed by Coronavirus. This is a new £26 million package that will support an additional 2,600 properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or below.  Including:•    charity run shops•   …

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May 4, 2020

UK Government COVID-19 Bounce Back Loans: Launching Today

The UK Government’s Bounce Back loan system opens for applications today. You can find out more, and apply by clicking here. This scheme is intended to help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. The UK Government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. …

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