Commenting on the new national restrictions announced by the prime minister today (Monday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“The government’s financial support package isn’t good enough to cope with this renewed public health emergency. Without more support, jobs will be lost and businesses will close.
“Ministers must act quickly by providing targeted help for hard-hit industries, boosting sick pay to a real Living Wage so that people can afford to self-isolate and increasing Universal Credit.
“And in the wake of school closures, ministers need to help working families by encouraging employers to furlough parents who can’t work because of childcare responsibilities.
“That’s the right response to new national restrictions and spiralling infection rates. Government must not force a choice between lives and livelihoods.”
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