Local MP speaks out in parliamentary debate on new Covid-19 restrictions in Merseyside

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08 Oct 2020
Margaret Greenwood, the MP for Wirral West, has spoken in a parliamentary debate on the government regulations covering new Covid-19 restrictions across the Liverpool City Region. 

The measures contained in the regulations limit gatherings indoors and were brought in last weekend.  

Margaret Greenwood used her speech to focus on the “profound impact” of the regulations on local jobs and the economy in Wirral and across the city region, and she also highlighted the failings in the government’s test and trace system.  

Speaking after the debate, Margaret Greenwood MP said:  

“It is essential that we have a fully functioning test and trace system in place if the restrictions that the government has brought in are to be successful locally.  

“We need a system that uses the expertise of Wirral’s Public Health department to make sure that our communities get the service that they deserve. 

“The government must recognise that the regulations they have brought in will have a profound impact on local jobs and the economy and that they have serious implications for local authorities and city region combined authorities.  

“The nine local authorities – including Wirral – affected by this set of regulations are being given just £7 million between them to recognise the extra strain they will now be under.  

“However, that money is to be used only for outbreak management; it is not to support any businesses that might be affected.  

“500 people in Wirral West work in pubs and bars and 400 work in licensed restaurants and I am very concerned about what these regulations mean for their jobs. 

“We need the government to sit up and listen: Wirral needs support. 

“It is vital the government provides financial support for local businesses affected by Covid-19 restrictions to help keep people in their jobs.”  

Margaret Greenwood’s speech can be read via this link: https://bit.ly/36HU1da  

You can also watch her speech here: https://tinyurl.com/y29jtwnm