March 17, 2020

Temporary Office Closure

As a precautionary measure, I’ve taken the decision to postpone my upcoming advice surgeries and have closed my constituency office to face-to-face appointments and drop-ins to protect my staff and the wider public. I’ll keep this under constant review. Constituents may of course still raise issues with me by calling 02921 329736 or emailing jo.stevens.mp@parliament.uk For questions about the impact …

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March 16, 2020

COVID-19/Coronavirus: Key Sources of Information

If you’re looking for information and advice regarding the current Coronavirus pandemic, make sure to avoid any fake news and follow these key sources of information. These sources are being constantly updated and are the best places to find the latest information. Daily updates from Public Health Wales https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/ Online symptom checker from NHS Direct Wales https://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/SelfAssessments/symptomcheckers/?ScName=CoronaVirusCOVID19&SCTId=175 Welsh Government’s coronavirus …

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March 6, 2020

Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2020

Monday of this week marked the start of “Eating Disorder Awareness Week”, a national campaign to raise awareness of eating disorders, and to bring about long-term change, in the way eating disorders are perceived, and treated.    With 1.25 million people living with eating disorders in the UK it is vital that we act now. Not only will this save …

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March 3, 2020

Fairtrade Foundation Parliamentary Reception

I was thrilled to be joined by other Members of Parliament and Peers, with the Fairtrade Foundation, in calling for urgent action to end the exploitation of women cocoa farmers. The reception marked the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight in parliament, on February 26th. The extent of the gender pay gap in the global chocolate industry is deeply concerning, with women …

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February 27, 2020

Re-elected Unopposed to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

I’m delighted to have been re-elected unopposed to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee for the Parliamentary term. Over the past two years, DCMS Committee work has been a big part of my Parliamentary work. Since initially joining the Committee in 2017, we’ve completed groundbreaking inquiries into topics such as Live Music, Online Harms, Immersive Technologies and …

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February 26, 2020

Justice Week 2020

It was a pleasure today to attend an event in Parliament to celebrate Justice Week 2020. Justice Week 2020 runs from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February. The aim is to improve access to justice by boosting the profile of justice and the rule of law, placing them at the centre stage of public and political debate. As an ex-solicitor …

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February 18, 2020

Funding Available via the National Lottery Community Fund

Funding is available for good causes in Cardiff Central via the National Lottery Community Fund. People use this funding to do extraordinary things, taking the lead to improve their lives and communities. The NLCF has two main avenues of funding – –          National Lottery Awards for All – a small and simple grant programme, which awards grants from £300 to £10,000. This …

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February 11, 2020

Supporting the Axe the Reading Tax Campaign

Earlier today I met campaigners from the ‘Axe the Reading Tax’ campaign and signed the pledge in support of their campaign. The campaign is lobbying to remove the illogical levy of VAT (currently 20%) on digital publications including ebooks and audiobooks, which creates an unfair disparity in the way digital and printed books are taxed. The result is that people …

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February 7, 2020

Answers to my Written Parliamentary Questions (Jan 30th – February 5th)

Every week I submit a number of Written Parliamentary Questions to Government Ministers. These written questions allow me to ask government ministers for information on the work, policy and activities of government departments alongside Oral Question Time sessions in the House of Commons. You can see all of my previous Written Parliamentary Questions, their answers, and all of my contributions …

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