Covid-19 Update on benefits

IMPORTANT – Claimants who are self-isolating as a result of the coronavirus will not be sanctioned ‘as long as they let their work coach know before the appointment’ The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has confirmed: “If claimants cannot attend their jobcentre appointment in person because of self-isolation, work coaches can exercise discretion, […]

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Covid-19 Education, schools and childcare updates

Updates about what is happening to schools, nurseries, colleges and universities. Guidance available on Parent Club to help with impact of Covid-19 (22/03/20) Advice for parents and carers on managing the impact of Covid-19 on their child’s learning and family life is now available. Following school closures, a new hub of information has been created […]

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Covid-19 Health updates

  Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice. https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  

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Constituency update

My constituency surgeries for the rest of March have been cancelled due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. My team and I are still on hand to help constituents with any issues or concerns they might have, so we are happy to arrange telephone appointments until we can hold surgeries again. Please email hannah.bardell.mp@parliament.uk with […]

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Coronavirus and the impact on benefit sanctions

The issue of benefit sanctions and income security while self-isolating due to potential exposure to Coronavirus was brought up in Prime Minister’s Questions by SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford. The SNP has called on the Prime Minister to provide emergency legislation to protect workers’ rights and ensure people receiving Universal Credit do not face sanctions […]

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WASPI West Lothian

I was delighted to meet with the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Injustice) West Lothian group. This issue has run on for far too long; it’s time for the Conservative Government to get their heads out of the sand and put an end to this serious injustice. WASPI women are guilty of nothing; they’ve had […]

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