On Friday 18 September, the Government introduced new restrictions in the North East to help combat the rise in the rate of COVID-19 infections, however this meant that despite people being able to continue going to work, they were no longer able to rely on grandparents for childcare.
This left many families completely without childcare and in the position where they would have to choose between not going to work, or breaking the new lockdown restrictions.
Following this announcement, Mary contacted the Secretary of State to request that these regulations be relaxed, and today the Government U-turned on this decision, meaning that families in Durham can once again rely on the invaluable help of grandparents.
“It’s fantastic to hear that, after pressure by parents, campaigners, trade unions and Labour MPs in the North East, Matt Hancock has finally u-turned to exempt informal childcare from the local lockdown restrictions.
I’m glad that the Government have made the right decision but it’s a shame it took this long. They simply cannot keep governing by u-turn.”