The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine is a feat which our country can be proud of. I am grateful for the dedication of NHS staff and all the workers and volunteers involved in protecting our nation at this time.
At locations throughout Sussex, including at Crawley Hospital, people are receiving Covid vaccines as part of our fightback against the virus.
There are now more than 1,000 GP services and over 250 hospital sites now offering vaccinations in England.
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the lead provider for the vaccination programme locally and they are looking for people to play their part in the vaccine roll-out.
The NHS are calling for potential vaccinators and volunteers to help protect millions of people from Covid, and want people who are able to work as flexibly as possible, including at evenings and weekends. I am grateful to everyone who has signed up already with more opportunities still available.
If you would like to help or are interested in finding out more, please click here for information from the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, and click here if you are interested in other volunteering opportunities as part of the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme.
Henry Smith MP
Henry Smith MP: Securing the future of Crawley
Crawley Borough Council has received over £61 million in additional Government funding to meet the extra challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As well as going on direct support for Town Hall services, from housing to leisure and from refuse collection to parks, these funds are also used on business grants and discretionary funding schemes to help people across Crawley cope with pandemic pressures.
In Parliament my priority is to help secure the future of our local area. Given the salience of Gatwick Airport to the Crawley economy, last year I established and am Chair of the Future of Aviation All-Party Parliamentary Group. This is a new coalition of MPs highlighting the importance of a vibrant aviation sector to consumers, businesses and the wider UK economy.
The extension of furlough until at least April, business rates relief for Gatwick Airport employers and the introduction of the Covid passenger testing regime for international arrivals into England are just some examples following intense lobbying from myself and APPG colleagues. Of course, the latter was inspired by the need for enhanced consumer confidence which will be affected as a result of the new lockdown and the closure of travel corridors.
It is with the closure of these travel corridors very much in mind that last week I led a cross-party approach to the Prime Minister calling for additional support for this sector.
I will continue to work with any MP of any party who can help improve the life chances of our constituents. Can the same be said of those in the House of Commons or some Crawley councillors who are seeking division at the expense of finding solutions?
Henry Smith MP