The coronavirus is having a huge impact around the world. In our country, it's leading to measures which none of us imagined we would ever see, including orders for people to self-isolate, real concerns over the ability of our public services to cope, major impacts on local businesses, and emergency legislation.
As your MP, I am taking action in 3 main ways:
Holding the Government and the health authorities to account
I will continue to question Government ministers about their response to the epidemic and will keep you updated with what I am doing to follow up with the health authorities too. I am in touch with NHS leaders to try to ensure they have all they need and with healthcare workers who are on the frontline and require our support as a priority. https://www.carolinelucas.com/latest/holding-the-government-to-account
Economic impact for our city
Brighton and Hove’s economy is particularly reliant on sectors like tourism and hospitality, which are severely affected by the pandemic. I am working with businesses and local industry representatives to ensure Ministers know what is needed to protect the city’s economy, jobs and so many people’s livelihoods https://www.carolinelucas.com/latest/economic-impact-of-coronavirus
Individual support and community resilience
The community reaction in Brighton and Hove has already been brilliant. I will post updates about what's happening locally to help those who need support and deal with case work that gets raised with me. Schools are an important part of our community and I am touch with them to ensure they are getting the support they need, in a fast changing situation. https://www.carolinelucas.com/latest/individual-support-community-resilience
I am also working hard to speak out about some of the wider factors associated with this crisis, including years of underinvestment in our public services and how the pandemic has exposed the pressing need for a very different economic model and set of priorities.
These are worrying times but I know that we have the ability to pull together to get through this crisis, and make sure that no-one is left behind.