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London's healthcare staff need practical support

Caroline has written to the Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, who is co-ordinating much of City Hall's COVID-19 response, asking several key questions on the support and protections being given to our brave healthcare workers in London at this time.

Clapping each week is a nice way for us to show our gratitude, but it is a token gesture. Practical and essential steps must be taken to protect our healthcare workers and indeed all of our key workers.

Specifically, Caroline asked:

Questions on using police to patrol waste and recycling centres

Caroline has written to the Met Police Commissioner on the subject of potential police resources being used as part of the re-opening of household waste and recycling centres in some boroughs across London.

Caroline wrote:

One option that has been suggested and is being considered is that police officers could be deployed to patrol household waste and recycling centres to support staff in ensuring residents act and queue appropriately and maintain a safe distance.

Small and medium-size businesses in London need more support

Caroline has written to the Mayor of London about his support for small and medium-sized businesses in London. SMEs in London need support as a crucial part of our economy, not just now, but also as lockdown is eased and they face the next set of challenges. They have real worries about facing a cliff-edge when the furlough scheme ends, with businesses having to close and workers losing their jobs.

Petition: support nurseries and nursery workers

Caroline has written today to London's Strategic Coordination Group for COVID-19 asking how nurseries in London are being supported, and to urge them to lobby the Government to ensure nurseries and nursery workers are supported through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Caroline is supporting a petition to ask the government to pay furloughed nursery workers through the job retention scheme. Please take a look at the petition and consider signing!

Helplines for those suffering from domestic abouse during the crisis

Thanks to the Met for providing this list of helpline numbers for those suffering from domestic abuse. Please share these widely:

  • The 24/7 National Domestic Abuse helpline, which offers support to victims and people affected by domestic abuse, is free to call on 0808 2000 247.
  • The Respect Phoneline provides confidential advice and support to help perpetrators stop being violent and abusive, and is free to call on 0808 8024040.

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