Moran says Govt must “foster and champion” entrepreneurialism and creativity during crisis as she calls for better support for small businesses and self-employed

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has today written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak in support of the small businesses and self-employed people in her community, saying that “We must continue to champion and foster entrepreneurialism and creativity during this crisis”.

Layla wrote to Sunak in support of all those who have fallen between the cracks of the Government’s current support measures, including businesses not eligible for business rates and self-employed people whose average earnings are just above the £50,000 cap for the self-employment income support scheme (SEISS).

In the letter, she wrote: “I still have some significant concerns, most of which come from hearing from constituents who are still worried about losing everything in the coming weeks and months.”

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Government departments must “work more closely together” as MP raises plight of elderly and vulnerable “unable to get food”

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has jointly written to three secretaries of state to say that many vulnerable people are “putting themselves and others at risk” because they are unable to get food delivered, asking them to “work with supermarkets to ensure that their data on clinically vulnerable people is update regularly”.

Layla has heard from vulnerable constituents that they are unable to get food if they follow the Government’s advice and self-isolate, citing a lack of availability of supermarket delivery slots, meaning that many are going to supermarkets in person to make sure they don’t go hungry.

The MP raised the issue of those who self-assess as clinically vulnerable who have not yet been contacted by the NHS for confirmation of their status, asking the health, communities and environment secretaries for assurance that they “will be promptly assessed and receive confirmation of their status as an absolute priority”.

Moran asked the departments to “work more closely together to ensure no one is left hungry at this time”, noting that responsibility for aspects is split between them.

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Layla Moran: introduce Coronavirus Compensation Scheme to support families of frontline workers who lose their lives fighting coronavirus

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has today called for a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme to give much-needed support to the families of the men and women who will die fighting coronavirus for our country, following a call for compensation from a frontline NHS worker in Oxfordshire on Layla’s virtual surgery earlier this week.

The MP said that “The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is an excellent template”, and called on the Government to implement a system as a matter of urgency.

During Layla’s virtual surgery on BBC Radio Oxford on Wednesday morning, a frontline NHS worker wrote in, asking whether there is any compensation planned for key worker families in the event they die from COVID-19.

The Coronavirus Compensation Scheme should be open to the families of those classified as key workers, notably NHS and social care staff as well as teachers.

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Layla Moran takes action after holding virtual surgery on BBC Radio Oxford

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has responded to callers’ queries and taken action on their behalf following her virtual surgery on BBC Radio Oxford this morning [25 March 2020].

Layla answered many of the callers’ questions live on air, but took some away to give a more detailed response. Where clarification or action is needed from the Government, she has written to Ministers. Below are her further responses, and letters to the Government.

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Layla Moran calls for support for taxi drivers over coronavirus licence renewal fears

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has today called on the Government to “take firm steps to support our taxi drivers” including by renewing existing licences as quickly as possible, after hearing from constituents who are unable to renew their licence due to COVID-19.

The call comes as pressure builds on the Government to introduce financial support for the self-employed including taxi drivers. Layla has joined cross-party calls for the Government to introduce a Universal Basic Income, saying “No-one should have to face a choice between isolating to protect their health and putting food on the table for their children.”

Moran has today said that the Government “must provide our local authorities with clear guidance to support” taxi drivers, adding that this must include renewing existing licences quickly, which some councils are already taking steps to do.

In response to two written parliamentary questions yesterday, the Department for Transport told Layla that the Government ‘is aware of concerns raised by the industry over potential delays to the renewal of taxi and private hire vehicle licences and will be looking at this further.’

Lib Dem MPs, together with MPs from Labour, the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens wrote an open letter to the Government yesterday urging the Government to introduce temporary measures to give the self-employed financial help.

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Layla Moran writes to Education Secretary with unanswered questions from constituents one day after school shutdown

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon and Education Spokesperson, has today [Saturday 21 March] written to the Education Secretary with key questions that have so far gone unanswered following the announcement that education settings will close due to coronavirus.

Moran included many questions and concerns raised by parents, school staff, childminders and others in her constituency, as well as feedback from others across the country, saying “I hope my questions and the answers from the Government will serve to improve the online guidance they have published”.

Among the questions raised, Layla raised the anxieties of childcare providers, many of whom will not pay all staff during the closure period and are unsure as to whether they can claim financial support from the Treasury.

The Oxford MP also urged Gavin Williamson to “not forget about children’s and youth services”, asking “What financial and other support is the Government offering them?”

Layla also asked for clarity on whether children living in temporary accommodation are classed as vulnerable, and called for confirmation that teaching assistants are classified as key workers.

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Letters to Government Ministers regarding COVID-19

Layla Moran has written to more Government ministers regarding their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Govt urged to back cross-party Bill to repeal Vagrancy Act as coronavirus crisis highlights plight of homeless

Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, will today present a Bill with cross-party support to repeal the Vagrancy Act, arguing that the Coronavirus pandemic means “now more than ever, we need a compassionate approach to homelessness.”

 

The Vagrancy Act has already been repealed in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Layla's Bill will repeal the Act across the UK, extending its repeal to England and Wales.

 

Layla Moran's Vagrancy (Repeal) Bill is co-sponsored by:

 

  • Conservative MP Tracey Crouch
  • Green MP Caroline Lucas
  • Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi
  • Plaid MP Liz Saville-Roberts
  • Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron
  • Liberal Democrat MP Jamie Stone

 

The Liberal Democrats have already called for safe spaces to be provided for the homeless and other vulnerable people to self-isolate, including the use of empty offices.

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Layla Moran’s Letters to Government Ministers on Covid-19

Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has written letters to 4 different Government departments to scrutinise their response to covid-19. In her letters to the Education, Health and Social Care, Work and Pensions and Housing, Communities and Local Government departments, Layla raised the concerns of many of her constituents around how the Government are responding. You can see the letters below;

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Layla Moran slams “wasted opportunity” to scrap Expressway in Budget

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has slammed the Government for not announcing the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway in the Budget, calling it a “missed opportunity.”

Rumours had been circulating that the Government would scrap the project in the Budget, however following the Chancellor’s statement no immediate announcement was forthcoming.

Layla has long campaigned against the Expressway, saying during the General Election that if the Conservatives really cared about getting people out of cars and caring for our environment, they would already be investing in sustainable transport infrastructure. They could have funded the B4044 cycle path and prioritised East-West Rail, not the Expressway.

On the 26 February, Layla joined a cross-party group of MPs and community activists to deliver the No Expressway Group’s (NEG) petition to 10 Downing Street, saying at the time: “this is also about what comes next. We need more sustainable transport, and that’s why I’m looking for the Government to commit to a fully electrified East-West Rail in the Expressway’s place.”

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