Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham, has been thanked by the Health Secretary as he announces exemptions for childcare under the local lockdown.
Following the local lockdown, which you can read about here, Richard contacted the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, over concerns that childcare provisions had not been made. The new restrictions meant that people were not able to rely on grandparents, friends and neighbours for either formal or informal childcare arrangements as people are not allowed to enter each other’s homes.
Richard contacted the Health Secretary and his team about this to request that exemptions be made, due to concerns that people would be forced to choose between expensive and often unaffordable childcare or not going to work and losing income.
Speaking in the House of Commons today, the Health Secretary announced that exemptions have been made – those looking after either children under 14 or vulnerable adults will be allowed to carry out their normal care routines, whether it is an informal or formal arrangement. The Health Secretary said that this ‘consistent childcare relationship’ will enable people to get to work. The Health Secretary specifically thanked Richard during his speech for bringing this issue to his attention. You can watch his speech here.
Commenting, Richard said:
“I am absolutely delighted that an exemption has been made for childcare and other caring responsibilities. Not only will this exemption mean people can get to work and not lose their income, but it means that children will not see their routines disrupted.
“On issues like this, it’s important not to play party politics but to work cross party for the good of our communities and I’m glad to have been able to do that with other MPs from across the North East.”
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