Justin Tomlinson MP

Justin Tomlinson MP

MP For North Swindon

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Self-employed people in Swindon receive £16.7million boost in second grant scheme

Self-employed people in Swindon receive £16.7million boost in second grant scheme

New statistics released this weekend show the huge government support for self-employed workers in Swindon. 6,200 people in Swindon have accessed £16.7million worth of government grants via the second tranche of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). These grants do not need to be paid back and will help to cover lost earnings. This is in addition to the support given to self-employed workers via the first tranche of the scheme –worth £24.1million in Swindon. Self-employed people hav...

Government Announces Additional COVID Restrictions For England

Government Announces Additional COVID Restrictions For England

The Government has announced new restrictions in England in response to an increase in the number of people testing positive for Coronavirus. The new rules include: Office workers who can work from home should do so. In key public services – and in all professions where homeworking is not possible, such as construction or retail – people should continue to attend their workplaces. From Thursday all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table-service only From Thursday all hospitality venues m...

Changes To Strengthen The System Of Self-Isolation

Changes To Strengthen The System Of Self-Isolation

The Government has announced three important changes to strengthen the system of self-isolation To make self-isolation mandatory, with fines of up to £10,000 for non-compliance; A £500 lump-sum payment for low earners; Stronger enforcement for companies that fail to support self-isolation of staff. Ensuring that people who have been infected and their close contacts isolate is one of our most powerful tools for controlling transmission of COVID-19. Ensuring that people self-isolate when they n...

Swindon Borough Council To Receive £113,000 To Help Rough Sleepers In Swindon

Swindon Borough Council To Receive £113,000 To Help Rough Sleepers In Swindon

Swindon Borough Council is set to receive £113,792 to secure short term, interim solutions for rough sleepers as part of the Government’s ‘Everyone In’ initiative – news which has been welcomed by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson. At the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, local authorities were asked to bring ‘Everyone In’ and help move rough sleepers off the streets during the outbreak. Nearly 15,000 people accommodated in emergency accommodation were able to self-isolate safely – potentia...

Justin Meets With Towns Fund Board

Justin Meets With Towns Fund Board

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson caught up with members of the Towns Fund Board to discuss progress on the Councils bid for up to £25 million to help regenerate Swindon. The Prime Minister launched the £3.6bn Towns Fund in 2019, to unleash the full economic potential of over 100 places and level up communities throughout the country. The towns eligible for support from the Towns Fund include places with proud industrial and economic heritage. The funding will help to increase economic growth w...

GWH To Recieve £5m Cash Boost For Upcoming Winter

GWH To Recieve £5m Cash Boost For Upcoming Winter

Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has welcomed news that the Great Western Hospital is set to receive an additional £5 million in order to support A&E capacity ahead of the winter months. The £5 million will be used to expand and upgrade A&E facilities at the hospital, which will ensure that enough space is available to treat patients, manage patient flow and improve infection control. The funding will be used to: create a new single initial assessment area; increase waiting capacity, urgent...

Swindon Advertiser Column - Fixing Testing Is Government's Number One Priority

Swindon Advertiser Column - Fixing Testing Is Government's Number One Priority

We are aware that there have been problems with Coronavirus testing as a result of delays due to capacity issues at the labs, which have been triggered by a sudden uptake of people needing tests. The Government’s number one priority is to fix these issues, including increasing the number of test centres, increasing lab capacity & opening new labs and creating a testing priority list (including some key workers and the vulnerable). Thank you to all of the Swindon residents who have raised the...

Justin Welcomes Praise For DWP COVID Response

Justin Welcomes Praise For DWP COVID Response

North Swindon MP and Department for Work and Pensions Minister, Justin Tomlinson, has welcomed praise for the DWP’s response during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to The Times, the number of people claiming Universal Credit rose from 2.8 million people at the start of the outbreak to 5.6 million by 9th July. A survey carried out by the Resolution Foundation think-tank focused on improving living standards for those on low to middle incomes. The survey showed that 90 per cent of payments due w...

UK And Japan Agree Historic Trade Deal

UK And Japan Agree Historic Trade Deal

The UK and Japan have agreed a historic trade agreement which will increase trade with Japan by an estimated £15.2 billion. The agreement is the first trade deal brokered by the UK since leaving the EU earlier this year. The deal is tailored to the UK economy and secures additional benefits beyond the EU-Japan trade deal, giving UK companies exporting to Japan a competitive advantage in a number of areas. It will help to create jobs and drive economic growth throughout the whole of the UK. UK bu...