Re-opening the High Street

It is great to see many more local shops opening up this week for the first time in nearly three months. While it isn’t possible for every premises and every type of outlet to reopen, this is real progress. Getting more people back to work, supporting local businesses, and getting our economy moving is vitally important.

Shop safely today: shops can reopen their doors in England

From June 15th, shops are able to reopen their doors in England, in the next step in our careful easing of lockdown – provided they are meeting robust safety guidelines, keeping staff and customers safe as we get our economy moving again.

Crawley Benefits from Unprecedented Measures Announced by Chancellor

· The furlough and self-employment schemes have been a lifeline for millions of people and businesses.
· The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has supported nearly 9 million jobs, at a value of £20 billion, benefitting over a million businesses.
· More than 2 million self-employed people are receiving support through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
· Figures for Crawley show that 20,000 jobs have been protected through the furlough scheme. There are also 4,100 self-employed people benefitting from £12.1 million of support.

Trusting The People

It is good news that the Coronavirus outbreak is well past its peak and on the decline, thanks to everyone’s efforts to stay at home as much as possible over the last couple of months. Social distancing remains important, but it is also important for people’s health and wellbeing to get outdoors to exercise and enjoy the sunshine.