June 17, 2020

Film the House Competition 2020

A parliamentary-based film and scriptwriting competition for student and independent filmmakers based in the UK. Tracy Brabin MP (Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries), Lord Tim Clement-Jones (Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group) and Giles Watling MP (Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Writers Group) are calling for local creators to enter Parliament’s prestigious Film the House competition. …

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June 9, 2020

3-Layer Facemasks Recomended Where Social Distancing Impossible – New

The Welsh Government now recommend wearing a 3-layer face covering where social distancing is not possible, following a change to WHO guidance. If you have symptoms, it’s imperative you still self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. Masks are not a substitute for proper social distancing – social distancing and frequent hand washing remain essential. More information ios available on the …

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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 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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April 17, 2020

Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund Open for Applications

Applications can now be made for the second phase of the Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund, worth £200m. The fund will provide additional financial support during the coronavirus pandemic and will help organisations to manage cash flow pressures. It will help to address gaps not met by schemes already announced by the UK Government, Welsh Government and Development Bank of …

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April 17, 2020

Check if Your Employer Can Use the Government’s Job Retention Scheme

The UK Government have produced full guidance on whether your employer(s) will be able to furlough you and how much you might expect to receive in wages. The link to the guidance is at the bottom of this post. Your employer is responsible for claiming through the Job Retention Scheme on your behalf and for paying you what you are …

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April 7, 2020

New 2 Meter Social Distancing Rule In Force in Wales

New rules to protect workers during the coronavirus outbreak have come into force since midnight last night in Wales. The regulations mean the 2-metre (6.5ft) social distancing rule will apply to any workplace, including homes, where work and repairs are being undertaken and outdoor spaces. The new rules apply to those workplaces not already covered by the original stay-at-home rules …

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April 7, 2020

Welsh Government Funds to Support Third Sector Organisations During COVID-19 Crisis

The Welsh Government will provide new funding for voluntary organisations, both at the forefront of the Coronavirus support efforts, and for the many that will be hit financially by the crisis. Welsh Government have announced two new funding streams available to charities, community groups and social enterprises in Wales. Charities and voluntary organisations in Wales are facing challenging and uncertain …

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March 31, 2020

Welsh Government Business Support (Monday 30 April)

The Welsh Government announced a £1.1bn support package for the economy and public services in Wales. The package consists of cash reallocated from existing budgets and new money – already announced – from the UK Treasury. The main thrust of yesterday’s announcement was an Economic Resilience Fund. The £500 million fund is made up of two main elements: A new …

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March 26, 2020

Home Office and Immigration Queries During COVID-19 Outbreak

Doctors of the World has translated the latest NHS guidance about Covid-19 into 34 languages. If you have immigration queries related to coronavirus, please email the dedicated Home Office Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre. They have confirmed your email will receive a response within 5 working days. Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk. Your email must be in English. You can also call the Coronavirus Immigration Help …

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