SENDING PEOPLE TO THEIR DEATH –
108,000 of them –
THROUGH “LOCKING” –
THEM UP TOGETHER WHICH
IS A GHETTO PLAN
IT DISENFRANCHISES PEOPLE REMOVING THEIR RIGHT TO LIFE OR DEATH ON THE BASIS THAT MANY ARE NOT AT RISK BUT FORCED TO STAY WITH THOSE AT RISK
Seven in 10 applicants in UK not receiving self-isolation payments
Seven out of 10 applicants for coronavirus self-isolation payments in the United Kingdom do not get the support they need, unions have warned.
There is much more demand for the one-off payments of £500 than what the government is providing, meaning local authorities themselves have to foot the bill or deny grants to people who apply for them, said the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which represents the majority of trade unions.
One in four local authorities has turned down 90 percent or more of applications to the scheme introduced in September last year, according to the union body.
The scheme is meant to ensure that people who are required to self-isolate have enough financial support to stay at home rather than going to work which might help spread the coronavirus.
Some low-income workers are automatically qualified for a grant when they go into self-isolation; however, the Resolution Foundation found that seven in eight workers must apply to their local authority for a discretionary grant since they are not eligible.
“The current system of patchy self-isolation payments and paltry sick pay just isn’t working,” Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, said.
“Too many low-paid workers are going without the financial support they need to self-isolate – this is a gaping hole in the UK’s public health approach,” O’Grady added.
Some councils have been forced to close down the scheme altogether because they ran out of money for the payments, a report from the TUC said.
According to a survey by the union body, nearly 30 percent of local authorities in England have either run out of funding or are about to do so.
The TUC also said that an additional £20m of funding the government has recently announced was “too little too late.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Local Government Association said, “We all must do the right thing and self-isolate when required. Key to this is making sure people understand what self-isolation means, feel able to comply and are supported to do so if necessary.
“To help, the government needs to ensure its £500 self-isolation payment support scheme is available to those in need of financial support,” the spokesperson said, noting, councils should “receive extra government funding to support people on low incomes who do not meet the strict criteria for this main scheme but who may face financial hardship because of the requirement to self-isolate.”
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