Lib Dem leadership candidate Layla Moran MP has criticised the Government failures on testing and tracing, PPE, and care homes. She argues that these failures have necessitated such a cautious approach to easing the lockdown, which will lead to disproportionate economic damage.
Layla Moran MP has called on the Government to take responsibility for the failures, by providing Universal Basic Income as a safety net for those who fall on hard times, alongside a blueprint for a mass retraining programme for adults.
Speaking in advance of the Prime Minister's statement on Sunday (10th May 2020) Layla Moran said: "Many of us believed that an end to lockdown could be in sight. But in reality, we have all been led up the garden path, ironically towards garden centres."
"This more cautious approach to easing the lockdown is sadly necessary, due to Government failures in three areas. The ‘test, track, trace’ approach is not ready, key workers still do not have adequate PPE, and the crisis is still not under control in care homes."
"These failures mean that the economy has suffered serious and disproportionate damage. The Government must help those who fall on hard times as a result of these failures by providing Universal Basic Income as a safety net, alongside a blueprint for a mass retraining programme for adults.
"If the Government had acted swiftly and competently in response to this crisis, we could have been allowing businesses to reopen and people to see their loved ones, as our European neighbours now are."