COVID-19 Support

The Prime Minister announced on 23 June 2020 that more businesses will be able to open from 4 July 2020. I know this news is very much welcomed by so many across England. Businesses set to reopen include pubs, restaurants, hairdressers. Reopening is to be conducted in line with social distancing guidance and in compliance with Health and Safety Executive's advice. This can be found here

For specific information and more guidance, please click here

Social Distancing

Social distancing remains an integral part of beating the virus. The Prime Minister confirmed on 23 June 2020 that where the 2 metre rule remains achievable, it should be adhered to. Where it cannot, a 1 metre distance is advised. For more guidance please click here.

 

Business Support

Her Majesty's Treasury (HMT) have outlined a host of support for businesses during this time. The latest guidance and support is available here

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has protected 18,000 constituents in North Oxfordshire. 

Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme has supported 4,400 self-employed people in North Oxfordshire.

I am delighted that both of these schemes have enabled the protection of businesses and employees alike. 

 

Food Deliveries

Volunteers around North Oxfordshire are providing an excellent service for many of the vulnerable including picking up prescriptions, food shopping and helping with deliveries. If you are unable to get a delivery slot from your local supermarket it may be worth reaching out the community around you. 

Help with food deliveries:

Oxfordshire All In

The website below has mapped all community services available within Oxfordshire which you may find of use.

https://www.oxfordshireallin.org/

If yourself or know anyone who is providing services/community provision in the light of the current situation with Covid-19 then this can be entered and mapped in the above Oxfordshire All In Website.

Bicester Community Fridge

www.bicestercommunityfridge.co.uk

Banbury Community Fridge/Banbury Mosque

Please email: banburymosque@yahoo.com, for enquiries. 

 

Support for the Elderly and Vulnerable

Community Connect

0300 004 04 01

www.canosn.org.uk

Support and guidance on how to keep well at home, what support is available and how to manage anxiety.

Volunteer Connect

0300 3030125

www.canosn.org.uk

If you (or someone elderly/vulnerable you know) are self-isolating and have no means of getting food, we can deliver an emergency food parcel to you.
To request a delivery call the above number and leave your name and telephone number only. One of the team will call you back.

Age UK Oxfordshire

01865 411 288

www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire

New, free, telephone support service, providing a friendly, regular weekly call to see how people are, to chat and also help if people are facing practical problems with shopping, prescription collection etc. (The number connects straight to an answerphone, where people can leave their name and contact number.  They will receive a call back as soon as possible during normal working hours. Please note this service cannot provide medical advice - people should ring 111 for medical advice or 999 in a medical emergency).

Samaritans

116 123 (free from any phone)

www.samaritans.org

Whatever you're going through, you can talk to someone at the Samaritans.

Oxfordshire Mind

01865 247 788

www.oxfordshiremind.org.uk

If you're concerned about your mental health, the information line can point you towards support.

My office

My office is receiving an extremely high volume of correspondence - we may take slightly longer than usual to respond but we are committed to providing the best support and guidance we can. 

For specific casework please contact my office by emailing victoria.prentis.mp@parliament.uk

Please do not email on behalf of another constituent, I am only able to take cases forward if they are presented by the individual. Please attach your full name and address as well as the nature of your query and we will aim to get back to you. 

 

News

Face masks and coverings become mandatory

From today, it is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres and transport hubs. Under the new rules, should an individual refuse to wear a face covering they could face a fine of up to £100.

Lockdown restrictions eased

PM announces easing of lockdown restrictions: 23 June 2020 

On 23 June 2020 the Prime Minister announced further restrictions are being eased across England from the 4 July 2020. The announcement can be read here. 

Statement on Dominic Cummings

Over the past few days I have received hundreds of emails regarding the actions of Dominic Cummings and his family, with the full range of views represented. I have tried to ascertain the facts about what has happened in the same way that many of you have.