June 30, 2020

My Monthly Newsletter for June

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

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June 19, 2020

Welsh Coronavirus Regulations – Changes (19th June 2020)

Here’s a quick run through of today’s changes, and those coming into force in the next weeks: Non-essential retail to open from Monday. Stay local rules remain in place for the next fortnight w/ exemptions on compassionate grounds. Schools will reopen as announced on 29 June. Hairdressers can plan to reopen by appointment in three weeks’ time.From Monday All non-essential …

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June 15, 2020

Refugee Week 2020

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Obviously this year, due to COVID-19, events have gone …

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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 9, 2020

Benefits Support for Constituents During COVID-19 Outbreak

This is a very difficult time for many people, with many losing their jobs or self-employment income or being furloughed. Many will be going through the Universal Credit system for the very first time. The Universal Credit website and phone lines are incredibly busy and many are struggling to access the support they need due to the unprecedented demand. You …

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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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