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Dear constituent,

This week the Prime Minister announced the lifting of National Restrictions, and also the plans for families to see each other during the Christmas period. I have summarised some of this in this newsletter, and you can find more details on both my website and the government website. 

As we look forward to Christmas we must all continue to take care to social distance, wear masks when appropriate, and keep washing our hands. Being in Tier 2 means that you must not socialise indoors with people you do not live with, but may meet up to 6 people outside. The main changes are summarised below. 

I know this will be challenging, and the tiers will be reviewed after 2 weeks. We must all play our part to reduce the spread of the virus. 

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you or your family, please don't hesitate to get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this newsletter. 

With best wishes,

Included in this update:

  • New Tiers for winter
  • Support & Childcare Bubbles
  • Meeting friends & family for Christmas
  • Michael - out & about
  • Having your say - consultations
  • Information for parents & carers
New Tiers for Winter from 2nd December
Dorset and Poole are in the High Tier, due to the increase in infections and hospitalisations. This means that the rules are stricter than previously, but with more businesses able to open than during the last month of National Restrictions. 

You must not socialise indoors with people you do not live with, but there are various "support bubbles" for those who need additional help. There is more information about this below. 

The main rules are summarised below, and you can find full details on the Government website here

Support & Childcare Bubbles

Support bubbles are designed for single people to have contact with other households, and also to provide support and care.

From 2 December you can form a support bubble with another household if any of the following apply to you:

  • you are the only adult in your household (any other members of the household having been under 18 on 12 June 2020) or are the only adult who does not have a disability that needs continuous care
  • you have a child under 1
  • you live with a child under 5 with a disability that needs continuous care
If addition, if you have children under 14 you may be able to form a childcare bubble. This is separate from support bubbles. If you’re eligible, you can form one childcare bubble and one support bubble with different households.

You must not meet socially with your support bubble and childcare bubble at the same time. Childcare bubbles must be used exclusively for the purposes of childcare.

Support bubbles must be fixed - once decided you must stick with the same support bubble. Full details here 

Meeting friends & family for Christmas

The rules around meeting people inside will be relaxed for Christmas, when you may form a Christmas Bubble. 

Between 23 and 27 December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying
  • you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble

You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December.

There are full details here 

There are specific arrangements for students travelling home from University. You can find details about this here. Once a student has travelled home, they become part of their home household for the purposes of the Christmas Bubble. 

Michael - Out & About in Dorset & North Poole
Michael chatted to the team of Upton Together, to hear about their work with the Town Council and their support for the local community, and to draw their prize raffle.
Michael was delighted to be shown around the newly re-opened museum in Wimborne - now called the Museum of East Dorset. 
Remembrance Day was different this year from every other year. Michael spent the day at home, watching the Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on television. On Armistice Day he visited several local War Memorials with local Councillors, to pay his respects to those who gave their lives for our freedom.
Michael recently met Chris Slocock who is walking 900 laps of Wimborne Minster. He is raising money for the Wimborne Minster Musical Heritage Trust to support and enhance the choral and musical traditions of the Minster. You can support the musical future of the Minster and the young people in the community by accessing the Just Giving website:  Here 
Have Your Say - Consultations

Dorset Council are consulting on whether to expand their Shopper's Parking Permit across the county. At the moment it is available in West Dorset, and they want your views on whether to make it a wider scheme. You can find more details here: Shopper's Parking Consultation

Dorset Council are also holding a consultation on their Climate Emergency Strategy & Action Plan. As an organisation they are hoping to be carbon neutral by 2040, and to support the wider county to be carbon neutral by 2050. You can complete the survey here 

BCP Council are consulting on their draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy. You can read more and comment here

You can find links to other active Government consultations and local consultations of my website here: Consultations 
Information for parents & carers
BBC Bitesize on TV

Following the success of BBC Bitesize Daily earlier in the year the BBC will continue showing these lessons on the CBBC channel with an hour of dedicated programming for primary school children every school day, starting from 9am. Monday to Friday will see 3 x 20 minute episodes of BBC Bitesize Daily Primary air on CBBC aimed at 5-7, 7-9 and 9-11 year olds. These episodes, aired earlier in the year, will cover either English, Maths or Science plus one other curriculum subject daily.

For those with regular internet access, the thousands of online primary lessons continue to also be available at to boost learning even further.

Safer ways to watch Netflix

The UK Safer Internet Centre have worked with Netflix to help parents and carers to know that what their children are watching is appropriate. There are a series of steps that parents can do, to ensure children are not accessing inappropriate films and programs through Netflix. You can find full details here 


The British Red Cross are offering a free Coronavirus Support line. It's open 7 days a week for anyone needing emotional support, feeling lonely or worried, and in need of speaking to a friendly voice.  The number is 0808 196 3651 and the line is open daily from 10am to 6pm

Age UK also have an advice line which is a free, confidential national phone service for older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. Age UK Advice Line: 0800 678 1602 or click for more information:  Age UK 

Latest Government Corona Guidance
If you want to know details about the latest advice and rules for social distancing, you can find them on the government website here:
Latest Guidance



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