You may have been amongst the millions clapping the amazing staff in our NHS and social care sector last night. Thank you if you were - and if you are working in our NHS and social care, I hope you felt all our admiration and gratitude!
Support for the Self Employed
You probably also saw that last night the Chancellor did announce a package to support the self-employed. Since I'd been pushing hard for support for Britain's 5 million self-employed, I'm pleased. But....
I still have real concerns. First, that some may not see any payments until June. Second, that the package excludes a significant number of self-employed people - my own estimate is between 650,000 and 1 million may see nothing from the package.
You can find out more about this package of support here.
Hear my immediate thoughts on the package here.
I am studying the details closely and would really welcome your views, if you are benefitting from this - or have been excluded from the help.
ArtyArtyFoods – Berrylands
ArtyArtyFoods is making one-portion dinners for a small donations for Key Workers and those in 12-week quarantine.
- Ready-made meals with home delivery
Phone: +44 7861 066 671
Kingston Samaritans have adapted their service to accord with new government guidance. However, they are still here to support anyone going through a difficult time.
Kingston Samaritans are still available to help around the clock on 116 123 or by email - email@example.com.
They have also shared some tips on how to cope here.
If you know of charities, voluntary groups or businesses who I could mention in these updates, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
My team and I are regularly updating our website with the latest information on COVID-19. You can follow this here.