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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed a new £50 million fund to support local high streets in getting safely back to business. With the Government beginning to prepare for the reopening of non-essential retail, conditional on the best available scientific advice, the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will provide councils in England with funding to introduce a range of safety measures in a .... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Government's announcement that families or individuals whose finances have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic will be able to seek a further payment holiday. After the Government initially negotiated with lenders in March to offer customers a 3-month payment holiday, it has successfully negotiated again to extend this to 6 months. This means a.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the action the Government has taken to improve road and rail infrastructure during the coronavirus pandemic and new funding for further improvements. England's motorways and major A-roads benefitted from £200 million of work carried out in April while some £550 million of improvements and maintenance were also completed on the rail network. 

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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has appealed for people to continue to behave sensibly and responsibly as the Government has now lifted the limit on how often we can exercise. People can also sit in the sun in the park, drive to other destinations and can meet one person from outside of their household if they are outdoors, providing they continue to social distance (stay two metres apart).

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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is urging more people to get tested for coronavirus if they are displaying symptoms. Essential workers, those over the age of 65 and people who cannot work from home are eligible for a test, as are people who live in the same house as someone who falls into one of those three categories. There are multiple sites in Devon, including Exeter, Plymouth and currently a te.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride, who chairs the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, has welcomed an extension to the business furlough scheme that is supporting businesses in Devon and across the country through the coronavirus pandemic. Announced today, the Government will continue to pay 80% of the wages of furloughed employees (up to £2,500) until the end of July at which point employers.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed £1.6 billion of extra funding for local authorities from central government so they have the resources they need to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. This is the second wave of funding for councils after the same amount was also provided in March.

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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has responded to an appeal from the Stroke Association to urge his constituents to call 999 if they see the signs of a stroke. The plea follows reports from hospitals across England that there has been a large reduction in the number of stroke patients, with A&E and stroke wards much quieter than usual. Reports suggest that people are reluctant to call 999 either.... Read more...






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