We are all affected by coronavirus, but some people have to decide what to do about it. Here we ask ministers and mayors about the problems they face and the actions they are taking—and we also ask their scrutineers, in committee chairs and on the opposition benches, about which problems they fear could be missedby Prospect Team / June 8, 2020 / Leave a comment
Mid-May saw the return of some workers to newly reopened sectors of our economy, as we begin the next phase of our response. Maintaining links between employers and employees makes that return to work possible. The challenge for people not working right now is staying connected to the jobs market. Once engagement slips, people often find themselves drifting away from the world of work, making it harder to get back into the job club. They can suffer a loss of confidence, feel out of touch and their professional network can go quiet.
That’s why, as part of the unprecedented action we’re taking to support families, workers and businesses, a key focus is on keeping people involved in the jobs market. The furlough scheme does that by keeping people on payroll, meaning businesses have workforces ready and available as lockdown eases. And through our targeted employment campaign and Skills Toolkit, we’re supporting people to keep learning and improving their employability for the future.
On top of that, the National Careers Service has never been more important—offering advice on next steps, from training opportunities to pivoting into a different sector. If people can stay meaningfully connected to the jobs market, it will help us in the long term as we prepare to restart the economy and get the country back up and running at full speed.
Mims Davies, Minister for Employment
The coronavirus crisis is leaving thousands of families facing financial hardship. We must ensure no one is left behind. Taxi drivers, hairdressers, cleaners, childcare providers and millions more self-employed people have seen their incomes evaporate as people rightly stay at home to save lives. They desperately need the government to support them. That’s why the Liberal Democrats campaigned for a package for the self-employed that is as generous as that for employees, and our pressure paid off.
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is a lifeline for over two million people. However, it only covers three months’ worth of lost earnings and excludes far too many people, including those who recently became self-employed. Just as for employees, the government must extend this scheme until October, and expand it to cover the many self-employed people who are currently excluded. The self-employed have waited far too long for this support. They must not see it snatched away…