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The Prime Minister's Update on Covid-19

Mr Speaker, before I begin, I am sure the whole House will join me in sending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails, who were brutally killed in Reading on Saturday.

Response to Dominic Cummings Story

I have had over 300 emails on this subject, so I recognise that strong emotions have been stirred up by it – given the sacrifice we have all had to make over recent weeks. I strongly agree that there must not be one rule for Government insiders and another for everybody else.

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

After the Prime Minister's speech last night, the Government's Strategy for the next steps in tackling Covid19 has been published and is available here (PDF also available below).

A  very helpful FAQ document with a summary of what has changed is available here.

How to apply to the Coronavirus Business Retention Scheme

Dear Sir Gary, 

Employers in your constituency can now claim online for a grant for 80% of their furloughed employees’ salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee, per month, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This scheme will be open until the end of June 2020.