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  • Support for employers and jobseekers
    Karin Smyth MP at her South Bristol Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair in 2018 As a result of the coronavirus crisis, many people in Bristol South are facing an uncertain future when it comes to employment and their businesses. There is help available and I’ve compiled this list of local support… For jobseekers Financial support You may be able to get Universal Credit if you’re on a low income, out of work or you cannot work. See here for […]
  • Karin Smyth MP responds to announcement of We Are Bristol History Commission
    Bristol has ongoing issues with inequality which need addressing. Much of the recent focus is on the impact of the transatlantic slave trade, the power that wealthy white men held in the 17th and 18th centuries and continue to hold. We are living with the impact of historic slavery. You see it, not only in the statues, monuments and places named after slave traders, but in the ongoing influence held by the Merchant Venturers – a society […]
  • Karin Smyth MP: Pushing for better bus services for Bristol South
    Bristol South MP Karin Smyth and Metro Mayor Tim Bowles at Metrobus launch Bristol South is home to some of the lowest rates of car ownership in Bristol. Families rely on reliable, affordable bus services to get to work, school and appointments. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted public transport – with changes to timetables and service provision, with reduced capacity due to social distancing requirements – and a requirement to wear face […]
  • Karin Smyth MP on the role of schools and nurseries during the Coronavirus crisis
    When the Government first introduced restrictions designed to restrict the spread of Coronavirus in March, most schools and nurseries across Bristol South remained open for vulnerable children and those whose parents are key workers, with all other children remaining home to stop the virus passing from one family to another.   Since then, the government has revised the guidance, saying schools can open to certain year groups. The […]
  • Karin Smyth MP on supporting local media through the Coronavirus crisis
    Some of you may have read some of the regular columns I write for local newspapers – from the South Bristol Voice and The Pigeon to the Bristol Post. I’m also a regular reader of these publications – along with other local papers such as The Bristol Cable and Bristol 24/7 – and I know just how important they are for local people, especially those not as digitally dependent as others. I’ve been in touch with these publishers as well […]
  • Support for Businesses in Bristol South during the Coronavirus crisis
    I have been having weekly calls with local leaders and all of the Bristol MPs to ensure we are doing all we can as a city to get the help to those who need it during this crisis, including the many businesses that make up our local economy. I know this is a very uncertain and challenging time for everyone – particularly businesses and sole traders. I’ve been in touch with a lot of local business owners about the impact of Coronavirus […]
  • Karin Smyth MP urges Government to step up support for apprentices during Coronavirus crisis
    Bristol South is one of the areas of the UK in which the lowest percentage of 18-year-olds go to university – less than 1 in 5 (see earlier article). Quality apprenticeships offer a route to degree-level qualifications and decent career prospects for those who don’t take the university route. It creates options, where there otherwise would not be many. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been championing apprenticeships since I […]