Laura Farris MP for Newbury

I'm Laura Farris, the Member of Parliament for Newbury. I'm a former barrister and journalist who has worked in Washington, New York and London. I'm also a Board Member and Trustee of an educational Academy Trust with schools in London and the South East.

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This article was first printed in the Newbury Weekly News on 24/03/2020. Some information may be out of date.

The Covid-19 crisis is evolving globally at a pace and scale that confirms our worst fears. In the last fortnight we have seen a mortality rate in the UK that mirrors Italy’s with a two-week time lag. That is why the Prime Minister has taken the drastic steps that he announced on Monday.  


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"One of the most generous support schemes for self-employed people anywhere in the world" - Rishi Sunak, 26th March 2020

I think this is the announcement that many of you have been waiting for. A quick explainer:

1. Anyone self-employed whose work has been adversely affected by the Coronavirus is entitled to 80% of their earnings up to a maximum of £2500 per month (same as for those who are employed).