COVID-19 Update – 27 March

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.

Services offered:

  • Ready-made meals with home delivery

Contact: Richard
Phone: +44 7861 066 671
Email: [email protected]

Kingston Samaritans

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 protected]

They have also shared some tips on how to cope here.

Keep Updated

If you know of charities, voluntary groups or businesses who I could mention in these updates, please email me at [email protected]. Thank you.

My team and I are regularly updating our website with the latest information on COVID-19. You can follow this here.

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