Kemi Badenoch MP says help is available for residents and businesses in Uttlesford as second lockdown starts
As Stansted and other villages and towns in Uttlesford embark on the month-long second lockdown, the district's MP has offered her constituents reassurances that help is at hand.
Kemi Badenoch, Conservative member for Saffron Walden and a Treasury minister in Boris Johnson's Government, issued a statement earlier this week in which she said everyone "faced a difficult few weeks" but it was vital to protect the NHS and save lives.
"I have had many constituents, business owners in particular, contact me over the last few months wanting eased restrictions because of the damage being done to the economy," she said.
"There have been many tales of redundancies and job losses, and the Government has done everything it could to try and reduce the impact on our livelihoods. However, the advice we have received is that this lockdown is essential to protect lives.
"The Prime Minister has announced that the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended throughout November, which will continue to protect jobs across the constituency, and I will ensure I update residents with further details on the previous business support grants that were announced.
"I will continue to engage in regular briefings with local NHS trusts, CCGs [clinical commissioning groups] and healthcare providers as well as our local councils to ensure they have what they require to support and provide their services for residents."
Friends of Stansted Surgery volunteers are once again ready to help.
Member Philippa Bennett said: "If anyone is struggling to buy food and essentials due to the pandemic, then please get in touch with Stansted Surgery on 01279 813200. Friends of Stansted Surgery have funds available for this purpose."
The parish council has had to rethink this weekend's Remembrance Sunday commemorations.
Parish clerk Ruth Clifford said: "Wreaths will still be laid, but at designated time slots throughout Sunday morning. Rev Paul Wilkin will then undertake a very short service to read the names of the fallen and observe the silence, but with no other attendees."
Residents are being asked to observe two minutes' silence on their doorsteps at 11am.
The leader of Uttlesford District Council, Residents for Uttlesford's Cllr John Lodge, said the authority was "talking daily" to central government to get the best possible financial settlement for residents and businesses.
"When we went into lockdown, UDC were highly efficient in getting money to people and places where it was most needed. We aim to continue with these efforts," he said.
Karim Ullah, owner of Chapel Hill Indian restaurant Brohmon, featured on BBC News this week and said he would be reverting to takeaways and deliveries, like many other food outlets. "Hopefully we will be doing a lot better than we were in the earlier part of the year," he said.