Tiffield Parish Council

Serving the people of Tiffield

Coronavirus - latest update from Andrea Leadsome MP

Dear All,

Further to my previous e-mail, I wanted to provide you with the latest news on Coronavirus.

In recent days I have met with a number of food store owners and managers in our area to discuss availability of food and other essentials. Stock levels are improving with regular daily deliveries, and each one of them has told me there is no need at all to stockpile! The problem is one of extraordinary demand from stockpiling shoppers, NOT one of food or other shortages. Please watch and share my latest video here.

The store manager at Waitrose in Towcester has kindly offered support for vulnerable residents who are unable to access help in their own local community. Residents in urgent need can contact my office direct, and we can arrange with the store to pick and pack their shopping, and I, or a member of my team will collect and deliver it to them. This is obviously only to be used as a last resort, but if you know of someone who needs help and can't access it more locally, please email me or call my constituency office on 01327 353124.

I have also met with Greens Norton Medical Centre who will allow me to collect medication for a small number of patients in urgent need if they cannot access help more locally. To do this, I will need to have the patient's name and address, permission, and details of their prescription. The team at Greens Norton will then contact me when the order is ready to be collected. Please contact me for further information.

If you know of local groups who are able to provide voluntary help in any part of South Northants then please let me know so I can publicise this on my website and social media, as well as signposting any queries I receive to the appropriate individuals.

I'm pleased to update you that, in conjunction with most local bus operators, Northamptonshire County Council have agreed to extend bus concessions, making bus passes valid for 24 hours a day. This will enable our elderly and most vulnerable residents to get to where they need to be including the supermarket for essential supplies. Further information is available on their website.

Following the Prime Minister's address to the nation on Monday night, I wanted to reiterate that the Government's advice is to stay at home. We should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities; food and medicine as infrequently as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day; a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of our own household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or for essential work

These four reasons are exceptions - we should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring we are 2 metres (6ft) apart from anyone outside of our own household. These measures must be followed by everyone.

The current situation is that unless specifically ruled out here, it is for individual businesses to decide what they should do about remaining open, bearing in mind the absolute need for social distancing and the Government's advice for employees to work from home where possible and avoid unnecessary travel. The Secretary of State for Health has indicated that action will be taken against businesses who contravene the new measures, and if anyone cannot work while maintaining 'social distancing' then they are advised to raise their concerns directly with their employer.

If you work in a critical sector or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school. A few people have had difficulties with schools' eligibility criterion. Please let me know if there is anyone in your area who needs help with keeping their child in school.

The Government has also announced further support for those most affected by Coronavirus, in the form of a £500 million Hardship Fund which will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households.

I am regularly updating my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages with the latest national news and updates from my work locally.

My dedicated web page at andrealeadsom.com/coronavirus is updated daily, so do please check back for further updates.

If there is anything I can do to help then please don't hesitate to get in touch via email or via my constituency office - 01327 353124. We will respond to every call and email as soon as we can.

With best wishes,


Andrea Leadsom
Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire

Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:31 by Andrew Tennet

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