Thank you to everyone working not just on the frontline but also in the background for your efforts during this extraordinary time. Whether you are in the NHS at Broomfield Hospital, working in the Tesco superstore in Dunmow, the Nisa local in Thaxted, delivering mail in Newport, part of the policing Town Team in Saffron Walden, or are in the Essex fire service, the risks you are taking to deliver vital services, I know we are all so grateful for.
I must also commend my brilliant parliamentary team who are working on an unprecedented number of cases raised by constituents.
I want constituents to know that I and my office are in regular contact with Essex County Council, Uttlesford District Council, Chelmsford City Council, as well as with Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson at Essex Police, the Mid Essex NHS Trust, West Essex CCG and other relevant local organisations and charities. I am reassured the work they are doing and the difficult decisions they are making are keeping residents informed and safe. They have come together to set up various initiatives in line with the Government’s guidance as well as continue to provide services, and I would like to thank them all for what I imagine is months of work squeezed and delivered in such a short period of time.
The uncertainty at this time is worrying but as a Treasury Minister, I know the steps the Government have and will continue to take are guided by medical professionals and the various industry bodies representing each one of you. I have been working flat out to ensure funding is allocated where it is needed and many people have written to me, the Chancellor and other Ministers regarding their difficulties, and this has helped inform the Treasury’s view of where financial support is best targeted.
It is absolutely vital that people go to verified sources for information and not rely on social media alone to find out what is going. This is a rapidly-developing situation and government will continue to publish guidance at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and for residents who don’t have access to the internet, the Government will continue to deliver daily briefings at 5pm and I would encourage you to tune in to stay informed.
If you would like to find out how you can help locally, please visit the local guidance page on my website.
My team and I are on hand to assist where necessary as our top priority is ensuring constituents get the urgent support and attention they require.