Tommy Sheppard | MP for Edinburgh East

Another month has passed and I know that over six months into the pandemic a lot of people are feeling it even more – financially, emotionally and socially. Cases of Covid-19 are on the rise again in Scotland so it is as important as ever to keep following the guidelines to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

As a reminder, the best place to get the most up to date advice remains the government and council websites:
Scottish Government: www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
UK Government: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Edinburgh Council: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/coronavirus

You can also find a list of further helplines including those for parents, older people and those concerned about their mental health on my website. And while my office remains closed to the public, you can still contact me and the team on 0131 661 8023 or by emailing tommy.sheppard.mp@parliament.uk.

My constituency work has obviously had to change significantly since March. My entire team are working tirelessly at home and I thank them for this. We continue to see a very high volume of work so please be patient as my team and I need to prioritise. We will get back to you though it may take a little longer than we’d like. I am also running virtual surgeries so if you need my help, I’m doing all I can to be available. It might be a while before the office is back open but please don’t wait to seek my help if you need it.

I’m still meeting constituency organisations either remotely or in a socially distanced manner as appropriate and there’s some information about a selection of those from this month below.

Huge thanks to Billie (and Syd) for showing me round the wonderful Zero Waste Hub – practical action to achieve zero carbon. Get involved at http://shrubcoop.org/volunteer

It was good to catch up with Andrew and the team at http://timberyard.co and see how one of Edinburgh’s best eateries is coping with Covid-19.

Thanks to the team at Edinburgh Food Social for updating me on what’s been going on for them. They’ve been doing fantastic work throughout the pandemic and have provided four apprenticeships for young folk in the local community. Looking forward to working together on a range of issues in the months ahead.

There are far too many Airbnb type short-term lets in Edinburgh East, causing problems for neighbours & stopping homes from being lived in by families. I welcome the Scottish government’s consultation on new powers to curb them. Make sure you have your say: https://gov.scot/news/regulation-of-short-term-lets/.

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