But UK Government need to act now to provide decent wage support. Earlier this year Rishi Sunak said that he would do ‘whatever it takes’ to support people through the crisis – and it is essential that he fulfils that promise now.
We are deeply worried that the UK Government’s proposed support for workers falls well short of what was done during the first wave and may limit what can be done to stop the spread of the virus. We repeat our demand for the UK Government to act now so that:
It’s vital that Welsh Government also now works to ensure that there is proper support for vulnerable people to enable them to shield, an effective system for guaranteeing that people that are asked to isolate don’t lose out financially, and further clarity and direction on how the virus will be managed beyond this lockdown. We need to support workers who have been at the frontline in tackling this crisis in March and make sure that everything possible is being done to maintain health and wellbeing.