Update from Chris Grayling MP

Dear constituent

I am writing with a further update about the Coronavirus crisis. Many of you will be aware that the Chancellor has just announced a new support package for the self-employed. I have attached at the end of this message a detailed explanation of how the scheme will work, which I hope will be helpful to those affected. The scheme will be backdated to the 1st of March, though as you will see, it will take a few weeks to set up. So those eligible will get money that covers this month and the scheme will last for at least three months.

I also want to draw the attention of those of you who are over 70 to the guidance about movement and staying at home. I think there has been a little confusion over this. If you are one of the 1.5 million people who have been contacted by the NHS and require shielding you should stay at home and not see anyone else face to face for the next three months. These are the guidelines for you.


But if you are over 70 and healthy, you should take very great care but otherwise the general guidelines apply to you.


All of the rest of the guidance for people about what is happening is here.


I know many of you are still struggling with getting home deliveries of shopping as you are worried about going to the supermarkets. I have been round all of our major stores locally and they are all now managing access carefully to protect shoppers and staff.

I have spoken to them about improving the situation for those who are self-isolating and trying to get those who need it access to home delivery. They are trying to register more vulnerable people, but the home delivery services are clearly swamped with applications and so for those who are self-isolating and are struggling with getting shopping done, please either call the local branches of Age Concern…..

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell – 01372 732455 or 732456

Age Concern Mole Valley – 01306 899104

Age Concern Banstead – 01737 352156

….or the Surrey County Council Helpline 0300 200 1008
There are volunteers available to help you with shopping if you cannot go out yourselves.

Please let me know if you have any problems accessing this support.

Finally I am putting up all the information I get on my website www.chrisgrayling.net

I have also started to collect a list on my website of local restaurants, pubs and cafes which contact me to say they are switching to do takeaways. Please let me know of any which should be included. Please do support these local businesses which are suffering as a result of the virus and of the closures ordered by the Government.

Best wishes

Chris Grayling MP

3 thoughts on “Update from Chris Grayling MP”

  1. Hello Chris,

    You might remember us we won the Epsom and Ewell business awards a few years ago. Home Instead Senior Care, the last few weeks have been devastating on so many fronts. I employ almost 150 people in the area and we are on our knees. Please please help.

    So far all of the measures to support business and individuals have missed us, yet I’m asking my staff to go and support people in their own homes displaying symptoms of covid at £11 per hour who because they are on zero hours contracts don’t qualify for anyway (apart from universal c that they can’t get in touch with).

    I have spent the last week and a half working 15 hour days or so trying to deal with so much stuff for the right reasons, i feel that social care is abandoned and need your help.

    Paul Tame 0780 359 3277

  2. Paul, as I understand the Job Retention Scheme, if staff are on a PAYE payroll, they can be furloughed. That would include zero hours employees if on PAYE.

    Do get in touch at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss further.

    Best wishes.

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