Far North MP, Jamie Stone, has today signed a cross-party letter led by Stephen Doughty MP asking for the Government to step in and support charities amongst the Coronavirus outbreak.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has predicted that charities will miss out on a minimum of £4.3bn of income over the coming 12 weeks. Without this vital money, many charities of all sizes will be forced to close.
The cross-party letter calls for
Emergency funding for charity work alleviating pressure from the NHS
Confirmation that charity workers will be eligible for the 80% of wage fund
Confirmation that charities are eligible for similar business interruption measures
Speaking on the letter, Mr Stone said:
“Charities provide essential support in the Far North. These organisations shouldn’t have to close their doors and consider redundancies as a result of the pandemic. Any Government support for businesses should be extended to charities too."
The Government has granted car owners six-month exemption from MOT testing during the coronavirus outbreak.
This comes after Jamie Stone, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, submitted a named day question to the Department for Transport (DfT) asking to suspend the MOT system earlier this week.
Commenting on the achievement, Mr Stone said:
"I am thrilled that the Government has seen sense and extended MOT testing. I am glad to have been at the forefront of this campaign after relaying the concerns of my constituents at the highest levels of Government.
" We should do whatever we can do to encourage people to self-isolate at home. Extending MOT testing during the outbreak is one small step in the right direction!
"I would ask that constituents continue to get in touch with me about their concerns, whether they're big or small As today's news shows, change is possible!"
Far North Liberal Democrat MP, Jamie Stone, is part of a cross-party campaign calling out the detrimental impact of the Coronavirus Bill on the rights of disabled people.
The Bill currently relaxes the duty on local authorities to meet the social care needs of disabled people, risking leaving them behind at a time of crisis.
Mr Stone joined other MPs to urge Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, to reconsider the removal of safeguards and protect the safety and rights of disabled people.
Today Jamie Stone, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, has submitted a named day question to the Department for Transport (DfT) asking to suspend the MOT system.
The DVSA has suspended MOTs for all heavy goods vehicles for up to three months from 21 March. However, for car, motorbike and light van drivers, the Department for Transport continues to keep MOT testing in place, encouraging many people to break self-isolation
Mr Stone submitted the following question to the Department for Transport:
"To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of suspending MOTs during the covid-19 outbreak."