June 2020 - Mercury Column

Although the Government continues to announce further ways that the coronavirus restrictions can be eased it is vital that we all stay alert to control the virus and save lives.

Because of the great sacrifices made by the British people, we have been able to reduce the number of new coronavirus cases to its lowest level in months – allowing us to ease social distancing measures and begin gradually re-opening society.

 To help keep the number of new infections down so we can continue this progress, we are encouraging everyone with coronavirus symptoms to use the new NHS Test and Trace programme, which will ensure we can keep this virus under control so we can keep saving lives.

As we move into the next stage of our response, we are focussed not just on saving lives, but also saving livelihoods.

That’s why we are taking unprecedented action to support businesses, jobs and our economy. We have a world-leading economic response to coronavirus. This includes the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, helping to pay people’s wages, an unprecedented package of loans and grants available to businesses, and a Bounce Back Loan Scheme that enables small businesses to borrow up to £50,000 and access the cash within days It is vital we continue to do everything we can to ensure people can pay their bills and put food on their tables.

The Great Yarmouth constituency is an area where there is a high level of self-employment, either through the tourist trade or professional tradespeople. These people are the backbone of our economy and have experienced some of the greatest challenges caused by the lockdown. The scheme the Government introduced to assist these key workers is unlike almost any other country, making it one of the most generous in the world.

This wide range of assistance can look daunting when you first research what you, or your company, is eligible for. With my constituency team, we are available to provide guidance and help, point you in the right direction or ask government departments about specific aspects of individual schemes. If you require any help please do get in touch by emailing office@brandonlewis.co.