One of the most immediate actions the UK Government could take, which would extend across the UK, is to raise and expand statutory sick pay. As highlighted by the Trades Union Congress, weekly statutory sick pay is only £96, meaning that “if the average worker is off work sick for a week, they lose around 80 per cent of their usual earnings.”

Lockdown has generated a broader conversation around the resource capacity of households, bringing about fresh questions around the inadequacy of financial support for households at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic, and leading to demands from an increase to Universal Credit, to scrapping the punitive two-child cap, support for single-parent families and carers – paid and unpaid – and renewed calls for a universal basic income. 

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