I know too many families struggle living in severely overcrowded accommodation. Already children are forced to share beds with parents and some vulnerable families are crammed into single flats with other families. Many live in a single-room hostels. The closure of schools, self-isolation, and family quarantine will make an already unbearable situation impossible.  

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We can do better than this. Other European countries have stepped up to the challenge – Norway is supporting freelancers/self-employed workers by providing 80% of their average salary over the last 3 years.

The Government needs to announce a proper plan.

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I know that this may be an uncertain and worrying time for many.

 

Please be assured that my office remains open and working as normal. Please do get in touch with your views, comments, issues and casework.

 

If you have an ongoing case and would like an update, or if you wish to update me, please email meghilliermp@parliament.uk, or call my office on 020 7219 5325. Phonelines are open Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm.

 

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If you know a friend or neighbour who’s been forced to self-isolate because of coronavirus or who is ill – check up on them, give them a ring. We need to continue looking out for one another in Hackney.

For a summary of my week in Westminster and Hackney see my round-up above. 

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Children who receive free school meals often depend on these meals to not go hungry.

Government needs to address this if coronavirus forces schools to shut.

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Up to 160,000 other Commonwealth citizens could be affected by issues highlighted by the Windrush scandal, including many in Hackney.

See the Public Accounts Committee report here. I continue to press the Government for action.

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