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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian lobbies government to suspend Sunday Trading restrictions to aid families and key workers

Julian lobbies government to suspend Sunday Trading restrictions to aid families and key workers

Julian has joined members of Parliament’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee in writing to the Secretary of State for Business, Alok Sharma MP, to call for the suspension of Sunday Trading Laws for as long as emergency powers are in effect. Julian believes that the current restrictions imposed on shops make it much

Julian welcomes new ‘Nightingale’ hospital to fight coronavirus in Yorkshire

I am reassured by the official confirmation that a new ‘Nightingale’ emergency coronavirus hospital...

York Press column – Unity and self-discipline will get us through Coronavirus

A month on from my last column on overcoming Yorkshire’s flooding challenges, our community...

Julian writes to the Foreign Secretary to urge him to send repatriation flights to Australia and New Zealand

A number of constituents who are struggling to return home to the UK have...

Financial Support for Individuals

The financial support package, as laid out by the Chancellor, includes a range of timely, targeted and temporary measures to deliver support where and when it is needed. The government is monitoring the on-going situation with care and the support on offer will be available for as long as is needed, based on latest scientific evidence.

    Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

SSP will be now be available for eligible individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 who are unable to work because they are self-isolating. This is in addition to the change announced by the Prime Minister that SSP will be payable from day 1 instead of day 4 for affected individuals.

People who are advised to self-isolate will now soon be able to obtain an alternative to the fit note to cover this by contacting NHS 111, rather than visiting a doctor. This can be used by employees where their employers require evidence. Further details will be confirmed shortly.

    Universal Credit (UC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC)

The UC standard allowance and WTC basic element have been temporarily increased by £1,000 a year. The UC standard allowance will increase by £86.67 per month (equivalent to £20 per week), on top of the planned annual uprating. The WTC basic element will also increase by £20 per week, on top of the planned uprating. These increases will be automatically reflected in awards to individuals.

The requirements of the Universal Credit Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed from 6 April to reflect any loss in earnings caused by coronavirus, to help claimants (including the self-employed) who are adversely affected during this period. Individuals will also be able to claim Universal Credit and access advance payments upfront without the current requirement to attend a job centre.

    Funding for Local Authority

£500m more funding so Local Authorities can support economically vulnerable people and households. The government expects most of this funding to be used to provide more council tax relief, either through existing Local Council Tax Support schemes, or through complementary reliefs. MHCLG will set out more detail on this funding, including allocations, shortly.

    Housing Support

A 3 month mortgage holiday has been instituted, meaning that individuals affected by coronavirus will not make any payments whatsoever towards their mortgages whilst this is ongoing. Eviction proceedings have been banned for an initial 3 months, to prevent tenants in financial difficulty from losing their rental properties.

All Local Housing Allowance rates will be uplifted to the 30th percentile of market rents. This is worth an extra £14 a week on average for the 1.2 million existing claimants and any additional Universal Credit claimants who rent in the private sector.

The government has put these measures in place to ensure individuals receive the funding they need to respond to the outbreak as the situation develops. Please note the support for individuals affected by COVID-19 is available in accordance with government guidelines.

Should you wish to read more about the budget, and the support made available to tackle COVID-19, please visit the HM Treasury website here.