Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The approach of the government, supported by opposition parties, is guided by the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Officer, Sir Patrick Vallance; their task is not easy, but as your local MP, I am 100% supportive.

The UK’s response is not reactionary, it is based on clinical, scientific and medical evidence. This section of the website sets out both the health advice and other efforts to help support businesses and our public services.

The UK is however facing a serious pandemic. We should not down play this illness.

  Latest News

Voucher scheme will ensure pupils across Redditch still get nutritious meals whilst they stay at home

This scheme allows schools to provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

My thank you letter to NHS staff

I’ve a letter to the Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Matthew Hopkins, to thank every single member of his staff for everything they’re doing during this coronavirus crisis.

New coronavirus support measures for the self-employed

This scheme will allow self-employed people to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed. Who can apply You can apply if you’re a self-employed individual or a...

Rachel and police inspector urge residents to stay at home

Yesterday (March 26th), Rachel spoke over the phone to the Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector for Redditch and discussed the situation on the ground in the town to ensure the Government’s message is getting through.

Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments

Many landlords and tenants are already having conversations and reaching voluntary arrangements about rental payments due shortly but the government recognises businesses struggling with their cash flow due to coronavirus remain worried about eviction.

£500 million hardship fund will provide council tax relief for vulnerable households

The government has set out that the Hardship Fund, which was announced by the Chancellor at Budget, will go to local authorities in England to enable them to reduce the 2020 to 2021 council tax bills of working age people receiving Local Council Tax Support.

Vehicle owners to be granted MOT exemption in battle against coronavirus

All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March 2020. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.

Government to provide free car parking for NHS and social care staff

It comes as the Local Government Secretary has agreed local councils will also offer free car parking to all NHS workers and social care staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

Rachel: “Stay at home and protect the Alex”

Rachel’s message to her constituents comes following a phone call yesterday (March 24th) with the Accountable Officer of Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group, Simon Trickett.

Redditch businesses able to access government support from today

More than £330 billion of loans and guarantees to help firms continue operating will be available for applications from the two schemes launching today – as the Government delivers on its commitment to do everything it can to support business and manage cashflows during this difficult time.

  Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
  How long to stay at home
  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
  Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the NHS 111 coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
  How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
 Do
 Don’t
✅ wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
✅ always wash your hands when you get home or into work
✅ use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
✅ cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
✅ put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
✅ try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
❌ do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  Government response and action plan