Layla Moran MP has reiterated her call for the government to extend its compensation scheme to all key workers who lose their lives on the Covid-19 front line, including transport workers.
The call comes after the latest official statistics show that transport workers have some of the highest death rates of any occupation, with bus drivers seeing 44.2 deaths per 100,000 men, more than double the average. In all, over 350 transport workers have lost their lives to coronavirus since the pandemic began.
Layla Moran successfully campaigned for a death in service scheme that means families of frontline NHS and social care staff in England who die from coronavirus are now entitled to a £60,000 payments. However, she is now calling for the scheme to be extended to all frontline key workers including those working in transport.
Layla Moran who is the MP for Oxford West & Abingdon said: “If it wasn’t for the brave workers who have carried on driving our buses and trains throughout this crisis, Britain would have stopped moving for those that needed it.
“All of these essential workers have put their lives at risk to protect others, and they should be reassured that if the worst happens the state will step in to help their loved ones.
“It’s easy to forget when looking at these statistics that each number represents another person whose life was taken away too soon, and another grieving family that has been left behind.
“No money could ever compensate for any loss of life, but we should honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and provide security and comfort for their families.”