Wednesday 4 March 2020 / 1:49 PM Jeremy Corbyn

Boris Johnson’s announcement on sick pay not good enough – Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour Leader, responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement on sick pay at PMQs said:

“There are two million workers on low pay, many of them women in the care sector, who are not eligible for statutory sick pay. The Prime Minister has not been clear whether or not they are covered.

“The government’s emergency legislation must guarantee that the right to sick pay from day one will include those people who are not currently eligible for statutory sick pay, and that no one on social security will be sanctioned if they miss appointments. We will also be pressing the government to bring in further support for low-paid and self-employed workers, and those on Universal Credit.

“No one should have to choose between health and hardship. This is a matter of public health concern for everybody.”