Personal protective equipment is a basic health and safety issue. The fact that frontline health workers are having to use bin bags to protect their lives is shameful and wrong. Homerton Hospital had to use science goggles from local schools and local sewers are making scrubs. St Joseph’s Hospice had to put out an emergency call for supplies and local dentists are struggling. This is completely unacceptable. Clearly, more needs to be done to protect NHS workers on the front line.

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I continue to press the Government to help homeless families in severely overcrowded accommodation and hostel rooms.

A housing market package to buy up unsold homes is a tried and tested model that will help find homes for the homeless.

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A number of Hackney residents have been stranded overseas because of the grounding of flights due of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Where flights have been available they have been at hugely inflated costs - beyond the reach of most people.

I have been working closely with the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry as well as the Foreign Office directly.

Emily met the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, on Thursday 26 March and she pressed him on this issue and the complex individual situations.

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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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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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