Wycombe MP Steve Baker writes to Bucks Free Press readers:

Earlier this week the Prime Minister announced his plans to lift cautiously the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

I am pleased schools will return on March 8.

I should like to take this opportunity of thanking teachers for returning and also parents for their forbearance with schoolwork over the last weeks.

I know it has not always been an easy task, with many having to balance being a home teacher with work commitments.

Steve Baker giving an update on the Covid-19 vaccinations in High Wycombe

I am conscious there will need to be support for those children who have fallen behind with their schoolwork and to address any mental health issues from not being in the classroom.

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As the vaccination programme continues and the R number falls, I would like to see our way of life restored as soon as possible.

I know people would like to begin seeing friends and family again. I have been working with people in the travel and hospitality industries to encourage the Government to open leisure facilities as soon as it is safe to do so.

I am also sure there are many people who would like to begin planning their wedding and other family celebrations.

The Prime Minister’s road map will allow people to start putting arrangements in place.

I am conscious that Government schemes to support workers and business are planned to come to an end on April 30.

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I find it extraordinary that Parliament seems to have forgotten to speak-up for those impacted most by lockdown, who tend to be women, young people, ethnic minorities and those employed on low wages.

I am hopeful that once life begins to return to normal the economy will recover quickly and job losses will be minimal as a result of the Government’s support through the crisis.

Many of us will be concerned about livelihoods so I look forward with anticipation to the Chancellor’s Budget on Wednesday.