From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date November 27, 2020 5:18 PM
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** Dear Constituent,

Here's your latest edition of Denton and Reddish Weekly News.

Next week, restrictions will change again. The current national restrictions are in place until the end of Tuesday (1 December), Greater Manchester will unfortunately then be placed into new Tier 3 restrictions on Wednesday (subject to a vote in Parliament).

Here are the relevant pieces of official guidance from the Government:
National restrictions until Tuesday (1 Dec) ([link removed])
New Tier 3 local restrictions from Wednesday (2 Dec) ([link removed])
Take care and stay safe.
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** Gwynne responds to COVID Tier 3 blow

Reacting to the Government’s announcement that Greater Manchester is to be put back into Tier 3 measures when the national lockdown ends on Wednesday, Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“Ministers forget that we have been in local restrictions continuously since the end of July. Most people have done the right thing and that has helped to drive our transmission rates down. They will continue to fall as a result of their continued efforts. We have to do everything we can to prevent Coronavirus from getting a deadly grip and we have to remain vigilant at all times.

“But I will never understand the logic of a tiering system that says it’s ok for many thousands to cram into a busy shopping centre in the run-up to Christmas, but small numbers from the same household are unable to sit responsibly at a table for a meal and a drink in a bar or restaurant. This will be a heavy blow for the hospitality businesses across Denton and Reddish who have invested heavily in Covid-secure measures to allow them to reopen safely.

“I will look very carefully at the measures to be brought before Parliament. I support the new tougher enforcement powers to ensure business compliance with Covid regulations, but I don’t support the arbitrary singling out of the hospitality sector, which all the data shows is responsible for around just 3% of transmissions. As such I am minded to oppose Greater Manchester being put into Tier 3.

“What we actually need is to protect the most vulnerable, and roll-out proper localised testing and contact tracing. In the meantime, we must all continue to follow public health advice – Hands, Face, Space. Let’s defeat Coronavirus together.”

** Statement on the 2020 Spending Review

Responding to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Spending Review, announced this week in Parliament, Andrew Gwynne said:

“The forecasts for the immediate future of our economy, largely as a result of Coronavirus, are very grim and it is clear that some difficult decisions have to be made. Unfortunately, the measures that the Chancellor set out today are not the right ones to meet this challenge.

“Freezing the pay of so many of the key workers that he and the Prime Minister applauded just a few months ago is not only wrong, but also counter-productive if we want to see our economy bounce back quickly. We also had broken manifesto pledges, a complete unwillingness to address the looming end of the transition period and a continuation of an approach to “levelling up” which asks the North to come cap in hand to Whitehall rather empowering and trusting us to make our own decisions.

“Whilst I welcome the extra funding for the “levelling up” agenda, I hope that the Government will have learned their lesson and not attempt to use it as a slush fund for Tory marginals, as happened with the Towns Fund.

“Yet again, there was nothing for those – including many freelancers and some self-employed – who’ve been excluded from previous Covid support schemes, and nowhere near enough to deal with the predicted huge crisis in unemployment.

“The Conservatives also made it clear today that they have no intention of ending their policy of cronyism, which has seen millions and millions in public money given to friends and family of senior Tories during this crisis. Taken together, this is not a viable or fair plan for how we recover from this crisis.”

** Gwynne congratulates local NHS teams for national award shortlisting

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has expressed his delight at the shortlisting of local teams for the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2020.

Gwynne and neighbouring MP Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) nominated Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust for the Future NHS Award for the District Nursing Complexity and Dependency Tool.

The Future NHS Award recognises a person or team that has successfully trialled and embedded change to make better use of data and digital technology, provide more convenient access to services and information for patients and improve support for staff.

The District Nursing Complexity and Dependency Tool was developed by the District Nursing and Corporate Information Teams to ensure that staff with the right skillset can provide care at the right time to ensure the best outcome for patients.

The Tool was the regional winner for the North West in the Future NHS Award category and will now compete with teams in six other regions for the national prize. The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday 7 July 2021 in the House of Commons.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“I’m absolutely delighted that the amazing work of all of those at Tameside and Glossop Trust involved in developing the District Nursing Complexity and Dependency Tool has been given national recognition.

“It has been an incredibly difficult year for the NHS and so it’s fantastic to be able to recognise some of the innovative work going on within the health service and thank our hardworking NHS staff.

“Congratulations again to everyone involved and here’s hoping that they win the national award next July!”

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Andrew in the constituency

To all my constituents in Audenshaw, Denton, the Heatons and Reddish - all communities north of the Mersey and west of the Tame and therefore in the historic and ancient County Palatine of Lancaster - a very happy Lancashire Day today.
Andrew in Parliament
Here are videos of some of my contributions in the House of Commons this week:

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📺 WATCH: At Education Questions in the Commons this afternoon, I ask the Secretary of State how, given COVID infections amongst staff and pupils, he thinks OFSTED inspections can resume in January.

I’m not sure I share the Minister’s confidence this is the right priority, or even workable!
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📺 WATCH: Short and sweet from the Prime Minister. Forcing people out of COVID-secure hospitality into illegal gatherings to drink would be counterproductive. Why’s he proposing doing just that in Tier 3 areas then?

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📺 WATCH: it’s frankly shocking that over 3 years after Grenfell, and after 2,800 applications for safety funding in private residential tower blocks have been made, only around 100 have been invited to the next stage, and NO payment has yet been made to any scheme (although one tender has been signed!)
Andrew in the media

📰 READ: The Manchester Evening News picked up on my comments on Greater Manchester being put into Tier 3 restrictions.

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Community Board

For the first time, the charity Children's Hospital Pyjamas is collecting donations of children's pyjamas in Greater Manchester.

These will go to Tameside Hospital, Stepping Hill Hospital and MRI Hospital for Children.

You can find out more, including how to donate, here. ([link removed])

For more info email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])

Christ Church is part of the community of Reddish providing church services and community events along with being home to the longest running drama group in Reddish ‘The Green Group.’ Christ Church is an old building with substantial upkeep costs the majority of which are funded by the income from the Green Group’s shows. Covid has meant these shows couldn't take place. Christ Church and the Green Group are running a GoFundMe to keep the church open.

You can find out more and donate here. ([link removed])
Eight community credit unions in Greater Manchester have joined together to launch a Covid-19 recovery plan.

The Consortium, known as Sound Pound, wants to show communities across the city region that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that their local community credit union is there to support them at this time of uncertainty and financial hardship.

You can find out more on the Sound Pound website. ([link removed])
The Team Hiitman YouTube channel is available here. ([link removed])

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