Layla Moran has called on the government to urgently step up support for self-isolating workers, after Boris Johnson said at last week's PMQs that “nobody should be penalised for doing the right thing”.
Number 10 later clarified that the government is not proposing any new help for people who have to self-isolate under the Track and Trace scheme and that the prime minister was referring to workers being entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, which amounts to just £95 a week.
Layla Moran is calling on the government to increase support for those self-isolating in line with payments under the furlough scheme, giving workers 80% of their usual salary up to a maximum of £2,500 a month, or a net income of £460 a week. The latest figures show almost 90,000 people have been asked to self-isolate so far in the two weeks since the scheme launched.
Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West & Abingdon Layla Moran said: "Boris Johnson is right that nobody should be penalised for doing the right thing. He now needs to put his money where his mouth is and provide proper financial support to workers who have to self-isolate.
"We were promised that the Test and Trace system would be world-beating. But there is nothing world-beating about leaving people struggling to pay their bills just because they are obeying the rules."