Coronavirus: catch everyone in the safety net
To: Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer
We welcome the steps already taken by the government to support people and businesses affected by the coronavirus.
But today, we are calling on the government to introduce an immediate liveable income guarantee for everyone living in the UK – without conditions on job seeking, migration status, savings, partner income or any other limiting factors.
This must guarantee every adult in this country an income equivalent to the real living wage (£9.30 per hour, or £372 per week).
This must happen without delay. When people’s finances are precarious, they’ll continue to work when sick – or when it’s unsafe to do so.
It’s grossly unjust that the most vulnerable in our society are hit hardest by this pandemic.
To save lives now, we must urgently catch everyone in the safety net.