Westminster News

The Summer Economic Update

The summer economic update

Today, the Chancellor announced our Plan for Jobs, worth up to £30 billion.

MP welcomes new Business and Planning Bill

On Monday 29 June 2020, the Government will introduce new legislation to support businesses as they re-open in the wake of coronavirus.

The measures include:


Pavement licensing and outdoor seating

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme goes live

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has now gone live.


It enables employers to claim for 80% of their employees' salaries (plus NI and pension contributions) if they have been furloughed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.


It is a grant, not a loan.


The latest advice on Covid-19

Yesterday the Prime Minister chaired an emergency COBR meeting and updated the British people on the Government’s ongoing efforts to tackle Covid-19.

MP welcomes Budget

People living and working across the North East will benefit from today’s Budget as the Conservatives deliver on the promises made to the British people, investing in infrastructure, the NHS and public services across the region.

A Day in the Life

A typical day as DFID Secretary, celebrating International Womens Day.