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Keeping in touch
February 2021

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Parliament has continued to work largely online this month, with the Covid crisis dominating. The impact on students and the hospitality sector has been my main focus - and I've been supporting local residents caught in the cladding and buildings safety scandal. I'd welcome your feedback, as ever, and if you know of anyone who needs support ask them to get in touch. Paul

Supporting Students



The report of my cross-party inquiry called for substantial hardship funds, full rent rebates for unused accommodation, and support for universities to tackle learning loss. When the Government response fell short I secured an Urgent Question forcing the Universities Minister to answer to MPs in the Commons (see our exchange here) and pressed the Chancellor for funding.
 

Performers in the EU

called on Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to work with the EU to make visa arrangements for performers after the Government's flawed Brexit deal threatened their ability to tour across Europe.
 

Postgraduate Students

I met with the CEO of UKRI to highlight the recommendation of our Students' APPG report for extensions to postgraduate studentships and pressed the Chancellor for wider support.
 

International Women's Day

In partnership with Unite and Sheffield Hallam University Students' Union, I'm marking International Women's Day 2021 by raising funds for Ashiana, a brilliant domestic abuse charity in Sheffield. For more details and to sign up to our virtual event see here, and to donate to our appeal see here.
 
Yemen Appeal

A big thank you to everyone who helped my appeal with Save the Children raise £6,231 for families facing famine, war and Covid in Yemen.
 
Covid-19 meetings

I meet regularly with Ministers and locally with the Hospital Trust, the Clinical Commissioning Group, the Director of Public Health and the Council. Do get in touch on anything you'd like me to raise.
 
Cladding & Building Safety

I spoke in support of Labour's motion calling for funding to make high-rise homes safe without bankruptcy for leaseholders and wrote to Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick setting out how his recent announcement needed to go further.

Children's Hospital

I coordinated a letter from Sheffield MPs seeking Government grants to extend the Emergency Department and for the National Centre of Child Health Technology.

Night Time Economy



As a member of the Night Time Economy All-Party Parliamentary Group I backed our recent report calling for an extension to the furlough scheme and tax relief to support this key sector.
 

Brexit Impact

I pressed the Chancellor on the regional impact of the Government's Brexit deal, after local business told me how they are shifting work to the EU to avoid new trade barriers.
 

Big Conversation

I'm beginning to plan this year's Big Conversation and would welcome ideas for events - see last year's report here.

Community notices

Jude's Big Run: Join me in supporting former local Councillor Pat Midgely's grandson, in raising money in her memory for ASSIST, St Wilfrid's, and S2 foodbank. Donate here.

The Big Step: Get involved with local gambling harm campaigners on the Big Step to raise awareness and challenge football sponsorship of gambling. See more here.

Support for victims of domestic abuse: 08088082241 is the Sheffield helpline (open Mondays to Fridays 8am-7pm & Saturdays 9am-5pm) and 08082000247 offers support nationally 24/7.)

Nether Edge and Sharrow Foodbank: Supporting vulnerable people in the area, this recently established project is fundraising to continue their work providing food packs. Please donate here.

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