From Preet Kaur Gill MP <[email protected]>
Subject Here's your weekly update John
Date November 22, 2020 5:26 PM
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Dear John,

Next week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will deliver his long awaited
Spending Review. After his Winter Economic Plan that didn't survive the
autumn, and a chaotic summer, this is an opportunity for Rishi Sunak to set
the trajectory of our fight against Covid-19 and the economic recovery over
the next six months.

A principle of the UN sustainable development goals is to "leave no one
behind", yet I fear this is what the Government will do.

There were gaping holes in the Government’s support packages in the first
lockdown, especially for many self-employed people. Yet eight months on,
there’s still no new help for those excluded from support since this
crisis began.

This week I unearthed regional data that shows over 100,000 self-employed
workers across the West Midlands have been excluded from support since

These workers are wealth creators, grafters, and entrepreneurs. They are a
vital and valued part of our local economy, and should not lose out just
because of their employment staus, or because they decided 2020 was the
year to finally take a leap of faith and set up their own business.

You can read my letter to the Chancellor by clicking below.


Standing up for UK Aid

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is reportedly considering breaking his own
manifesto commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI to help the world’s poorest and
most vulnerable. I was therefore pleased this week to have the opportunity
to speak at the historic Chatham House and deliver a speech with AidEx. You
can read my statement on the latest development news below.

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Equal Pay Day

Friday marked Equal Pay Day, the date in the calendar when women
effectively start to work for free compared to men. On Tuesday, I was proud
to speak to Labour Women's Parliamentary Network about the global picture
for women during the pandemic. Women make up the majority of key workers on
the front line, and are overrepresented in sectors that have been hit
hardest by coronavirus. This Equal Pay Day, I am proud to champion Labour's
'right to know' policy, to ensure women aren't overlooked in the economic


Business support grants go live next week

A new round of grants become available next week for businesses which have
lost income due to the coronavirus restrictions. Businesses that have
previously been in receipt of grants will need to apply again. You can
learn more about whether you are eligible and how to apply on Birmingham
City Council's website below.


Supporting young people's mental health

Last week I wrote to the Education and Health Secretaries asking them to
bring forward support for young people to receive counselling in schools.
With one recent survey finding 80% of young people report their mental
health worsening during the covid-19 outbreak, now could not be a better
time to address these gaps. Click to read my letter.


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