Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM are seeking to support local residents as social distancing measures due to the Coronavirus pandemic continue.
The Ogmore MP and AM have closed their constituency offices to face-to-face appointments in line with the current public health advice but are seeking to assure constituents that they can still get in touch if they need advice or support. Advice surgeries and public engagements have been temporarily postponed and their constituency office teams are now working remotely to provide assistance to local residents who need help during this period of unprecedented uncertainty.
Chris and Huw will be continuing to regularly share important information regarding the outbreak via their social media feeds, particularly concerning public health advice, support for local businesses, and emerging community initiatives. They are also encouraging local residents to sign up to volunteer to provide assistance to any residents who need it through various schemes.
The Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) are currently mobilising a voluntary response to the pandemic in conjunction with Bridgend County Borough Council. Chris and Huw are keen to amass as much support for this call to action as possible. Local residents are able to sign up to this scheme by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/sjey8tr.
Chris and Huw are also asking local pubs, restaurants, cafes, and other businesses to get in touch if they are providing delivery services to communities across Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Boroughs. They will be promoting this information via their social media feeds and reaching out to any vulnerable groups who may be in need of this additional support. If your local business is providing such a service, please get in touch with Chris and Huw by emailing email@example.com.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“The Coronavirus pandemic presents challenges for our communities unlike any we have seen before. We mustn’t underestimate the scale of these challenges and it’s vital that members of the public continue to look out for and follow the latest public health advice, which is updated regularly.
“Over the coming days and weeks, we’re going to be working really hard to provide as much information and support to constituents as possible and, crucially, signpost as many of our local businesses to the financial packages available to help them during this period of uncertainty. It’s vital that we all try our best to help others where we can, while also closely adhering to the latest public health advice.”
The Welsh Government have announced a £1.4 billion support package to help businesses across Wales weather the period of uncertainty caused by the virus’ outbreak. Further details about this support are available here: www.gov.wales/coronavirus. Businesses in need of help are advised to contact Business Wales by calling 0300 060 3000.
Huw Irranca-Davies AM said:
“I’m pleased that the Welsh Labour Government have announced a £1.4 billion package of measures to support local businesses while the social distancing measures persist. It’s vital that local businesses get in touch with Business Wales if they need help or advice.
“Both Chris and I will be continuing to respond to constituents’ enquiries via email and telephone. Please do get in touch with us if you think we can help. We will, as you will understand, be prioritising casework in order of urgency. The community response so far has been heartening and I have no doubt that this will continue.”
Ogmore constituents are able to contact Chris and Huw via the details below:
Chris Elmore MP
T: 01656 860034 (please leave an answerphone message)
Huw Irranca-Davies AM
T: 0300 200 7328