Romford Recorder Column: 5 June 2020

As efforts continue to control the coronavirus pandemic, we must also ensure progress is made on the pledges set out at last year's election.

Hornchurch Vision: June 2020

Julia Lopez MP's column for the June 2020 issue of the Hornchurch Vision magazine:

I write my latest Vision column as we begin to take the first tentative steps to resume normality since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Roadworks - Lower Thames Crossing

Ockendon Road, between Manor Farm Shop and the Cranham Place bus stops, will be subject to temporary lane closures from Monday 18 May until Friday 29 May.

Businesses offering support

We have received a number of enquiries from businesses, both within the constituency and nationally, who have generously offered their support to the Government in tackling the coronavirus.

Job Retention Scheme open for claims

We have received the below guidance from HM Revenues and Customs on how employers within the constituency may now submit claims for grants to cover 80% of furloughed staff's salaries, up to a maximum of £,2500 per employee per month, under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Lockdown extension and strategy - 16 April

For those who missed the daily briefing, here is the message from government on the extension of lockdown and the tests for adjusting current lockdown measures:

Furlough scheme cut-off date extended to 19 March

A number of constituents have been in touch with us to express concern about the previous eligibility date to qualify for furlough under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. We shared those concerns with Ministers and the eligibility date has now been extended to 19 March 2020.

Local hospice to benefit from government coronavirus support

Havering's St Francis Hospice has welcomed this week's announcement of new government support for UK hospices as part of a £750 million package to ensure charities can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak.