For the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit gov.uk/coronavirus

My team and I are continuing to work remotely and are here to help so please do get in touch if you have any issues or concerns to raise.

You can email me at kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk or call 0117 939 9901

Below, I’ve included a set of key information you might find useful during the Coronavirus pandemic, which covers a wide range of areas.

For those of you who are not yet aware, the Bristol City Council has launched the new “We Are Bristol” freephone helpline which anybody can use if they need help during the Coronavirus pandemic. The number is 0800 694 0184 and it operates between 08:30 – 17:00, Monday-Friday, and 10:00-14:00, Saturday-Sunday.

Please continue to follow government guidance, protect our NHS, and help to save lives.

KEY CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION:

Public health
The UK Government’s public health advice is constantly changing. Please follow this link to find the latest updates from the Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England: https://tinyurl.com/rybxxtq.

If you believe you may have contracted Coronavirus, you can check your symptoms via NHS 111’s online symptom checker: https://tinyurl.com/sqqezkq. You can also find the latest UK Government “stay at home” guidance here: https://tinyurl.com/u25puoa.

It is important that we all play our part in helping to prevent the spread of this virus. The social distancing measures that the UK Government has put in place are there to protect us all – and particularly elderly and vulnerable people whom we may unknowingly pass the virus onto. Strong adherence to the latest public health advice will also help to ensure that our NHS can cope with the likely increased demand over the coming days, weeks, and potentially months.

Support for businesses and employees
Bristol City Council are publishing regular updates on their website, including information about changes to council services while social distancing measures are in place. For the latest updates, please use the following link: https://tinyurl.com/tdwelc5.
I remain in close contact with colleagues from across our city, including the Mayor of Bristol, as we seek to further coordinate our response to the pandemic and support local residents as best we can.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced an extensive package of measures to help businesses cope during the Coronavirus pandemic. If your local business needs support during this period of uncertainty, please contact Bristol City Council by calling 0117 922 2000.  You can also read an overview of the UK Government’s support here: https://tinyurl.com/wv5dusj. Please note that the UK Government have indicated that the package of support available will be reviewed as the outbreak continues.

Support for employees on sick leave
The UK Government has changed the rules regarding Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. The latest changes are available here: https://tinyurl.com/wvykjtq.

Support for the self-employed
Unfortunately, the deadline for new applications to the Self-employed Income Support Scheme has now passed. If you have submitted your application, but you are still yet to receive your grant, or your grant wasn’t the amount you were expecting, then please do get in touch and I’ll do what I can to help

Travel advice
As of August the 6th, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office still advises British nationals against all but essential overseas travel. If you do have to travel overseas, you should be mindful that, depending on your destination, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days on your return. You can find updates on the travel advice on the Foreign Office’s website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

MOT Extensions
MOT extensions have now ended as of the 1st August. If your MOT was due between the 30th March and 31st July then the expiry date will have been automatically extended by six months. However, if it was due from the 1st August onwards then you will need to get an MOT as normal. Further information is available here – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020

Food bank support
Local food bank demand has increased in light of the current uncertainty. If you feel able to make a donation to your local food bank to help others, you can find your nearest one here: https://tinyurl.com/gmeqtm2

Advice surgeries
In line with the current public health advice, I have postponed by upcoming advice surgeries and face-to-face community engagements. My team and I are still working hard to respond to constituents’ concerns as quickly as possible, although we will be prioritising cases relating to the Coronavirus outbreak. If you need further advice or support, please get in touch by emailing kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk

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