Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused severe disruption around the world; the potential pandemic is a cause for concern and all levels of government, Public Health England and the NHS are taking the threat seriously and working hard to contain it.
Our economy and our public services are robust, and we find ourselves going into this coronavirus outbreak in a strong place. There will undoubtedly be disruption to supply chains and production during the next few weeks and as a government, we must support people and provide a bridge for business during this temporary drop in our economic outlook.
SMEs with under 250 workers make up the majority of businesses in North Cornwall, and the Government is using fiscal action to support these businesses by refunding all Statutory Sick Pay for 14 days from the first day of illness.
We will ensure that the NHS has all the resources it needs to combat coronavirus. We will support people if they fall ill by paying statutory sick pay for all workers advised to self-isolate from the very first day. Many of my constituents are self-employed and we will support you by making it quicker and easier to access benefits – from the very first day of illness. The minimum income floor will also be removed for Universal Credit. The Government has also implemented a £500m hardship fund for local authorities.
Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK, and information about the virus and its symptoms is also available on the Government’s website. These pages will be continually updated.