From Preet Kaur Gill MP <[email protected]>
Subject Here's your weekly update John
Date November 29, 2020 2:17 PM
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Dear John,

This week we saw a slew of grim news for the UK economy. It was confirmed
that the UK is going through the worst downturn in the G7, with record
redundancies in the last quarter and a million people out of work.

At the Spending Review, we needed the Chancellor of the Exchequer to take
the responsible choices our country needs. Yet, apart from some welcome
announcements including on coronavirus support next year, his overall
package fell short.

Economists, such as those at the IMF and IFS, agree that now is not the
time for spending cuts and tax rises, and yet that is exactly what the
Chancellor announced.

Taking a sledgehammer to consumer confidence, the Chancellor chose to
freeze pay for police officers, firefighters and many other key workers,
and snuck out a council tax bombshell to boot. The Government should be
doing all it can to build up confidence in the economy, not choking it off
at the worst possible time.

Cutting through the spin, the Office of Budget Responsibility provided the
honest picture of the nation's finances. It put a £12 billion cost to the
Chancellor's decision to veto a short, sharp circuit-breaker before the
virus got out of control. Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak made no mention of what
support would be available once we exit lockdown on 2nd December.

Moreover, despite just five weeks to go before we could exit the EU with no
deal, not a single mention of Brexit made it into the Chancellor's speech.
This in a week where the Conservative-appointed Governor of the Bank of
England has said that the long-term economic impact of Brexit could be
worse than Covid.

It is now clear that the British people will pick up the bill for the
Chancellor's mistakes, and the billions of pounds of waste and
mismanagement the Conservatives have presided over [4] during this crisis.

On Wednesday, I joined Sky News to give my reaction to the Spending Review.
Click below to watch.


Birmingham to move into Tier 3 restrictions

When national lockdown restrictions end next week, Birmingham will be
placed into the Very High Tier 3 of restrictions. I know this is very
disappointing news for many of us in Edgbaston, but by no means a
reflection of the efforts I know that the vast majority are making to
follow the rules, make their businesses Covid-secure, and keep safe.

At present, we are awaiting a much-needed level of detail before the
regulations are brought to Parliament, and as ever if you have any queries
please do not hesitate to reach out and I will make sure they are brought
to the relevant minister's attention.

While a level of restrictions is necessary to protect public health and our
NHS from being overwhelmed, I am clear that the proposed closure of
hospitality _must_ come with timely and adequate support. Again, this was
absent from the Chancellor's Spending Review.

I have teamed up with the Leader of the Council and a cross-party group of
Birmingham MPs to ask for the evidence behind the proposed closures and lay
out our asks in a letter to Rishi Sunak here [5]. You can find more
information on what the Tier 3 restrictions mean by clicking below.


Breaking their promise

The Spending Review was not only a missed opportunity at home, but also a
disaster for the millions of people around the world who we support through
overseas aid.

Britons are rightly proud of our world-leading work supporting the most
vulnerable people on earth.

Between 2015 and 2018, Edgbaston helped over 16,000 children to get a
decent education, nearly 60,000 people to access clean water and 53,500
people to be vaccinated against meningitis and pneumonia, saving hundreds
of lives.

The Conservatives' short-sighted decision to cut aid has broken their own
manifesto promise to the poorest people in the world, and undermined
Britain's standing on the world stage.

I reacted to the announcement on Sky News. You can watch by clicking below.


The cladding scandal in Edgbaston

Earlier this week, I wrote to the Government to raise the plight of
leaseholders trapped in the building safety scandal in Edgbaston.

It is now over three years since the Grenfell Fire tragedy took 72 lives
before their time. However, for hundreds of people in Edgbaston, the
cladding scandal that this horror exposed remains a living nightmare.

As builders, freeholders and developers are often legally protected from
liability, it falls to ordinary leaseholders to try to navigate a sprawling
and expensive process to secure remediation works for their building, while
paying tens of thousands of pounds on stopgap safety measures, legal fees
and rocketing insurance premiums.

Despite bearing no responsibility for the fire safety faults in their
buildings, the cost of this crisis has fallen on those least able to pay.

I had hoped to hear an acknowledgement from the Chancellor that things are
getting desperate for the ordinary families caught up in this, and that he
must do more to speed up remedial work. We sadly heard nothing.

You can read my letter to Rishi Sunak by clicking below.

READ [6]

Third SEISS grant opens Monday

On Monday 30th November, applications for the third SEISS grant will open,
to provide much-needed financial support to eligible self-employed workers
in Birmingham whose businesses continue to be impacted by the coronavirus
pandemic. You can find more information about eligibility and how to apply
by clicking the button below.


Register your interest in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

There are just over 600 days to go to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games,
and they are looking for volunteers!

After a difficult few years, the Games will be more important to our region
than ever. Click below to stay plugged into the latest news.


Coronavirus guidance translated

Birmingham City Council has translated general advice on the current
national restrictions into 10 different languages, including Arabic,
Punjabi, Somali and Polish. Click below to read, download and share.


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