Despite being the shortest month, I am sure we have all felt February drag due to the lockdown. We now have a definitive roadmap out and I welcome that the Government are being cautious this time around, hopefully this means that while gradual it will be irreversible.
This month has been dominated by the pandemic to no one’s surprise. In particular I have been listening to businesses around Sheffield and the country. I attended a briefing for the coaching sector, which has been devastated by the pandemic, where we discussed how they can rebuild and recover. I will be writing to local coach companies shortly, asking for their comments ahead of the Transport Select Committee on their imminent coaching sector inquiry. Alongside this I have been organising locally with councillors over how we can protect our local community shops and High streets.
I am now looking ahead to the budget announcement on 3rd March where I am looking for the Chancellor to continue the economic support for workers and businesses until we return to normal, as well as ensure no tax rises on small local businesses or families already hit by austerity and this pandemic. I will be posting more next week on my Facebook page once we have the details.
I hope you are looking forward to longer days and a hopeful return to normality for summer. I for one will be glad to be able to get out more and have in person meetings, rather than being trapped on Zoom.
Sheffield South East Connect Report
Due to some technical issues with the hosting website many constituents messaged me to say they couldn’t access the report. This issue has now been fixed and you can view the findings of the Sheffield South East Connect 2020 Survey.
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This month we have seen the cladding scandal continue to grow. I spoke at the debate urging the Government to do more to protect those who now face mountains of debt through no fault of their own: https://www.building.co.uk/news/government-defeats-rebels-over-fire-safety-bill/5110619.article
On the Select Committee for Housing, Communities and Local Government we have been looking at the desperate situation of local government finances. With a withdrawal of Government funding many local authorities are being forced to increase council tax to cover things like social care and bin collections.
In the Constituency
I was excited to get underway with the development stage of the Halfway Crossing after the announcement late last year that the campaign I had led with Councillor Tony Downing had finally secured funding. The consultation on that is available here for constituents in the Mosborough area.
I have been writing to local businesses about what they want to see out of a recovery grant application to support on local high streets and shops. I will also be asking constituents to contribute shortly with any applications I make alongside local councillors.
Working with the police I am in the process of addressing the recent increase in crime in certain parts of the constituency, as well as working with them to tackle dangerous speeding on the Westfield Estate. There have been some early successful action on both fronts which is welcome news.
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