Thursday 25 June 2020 / 12:01 AM Jonathan Reynolds / Work and Pensions

Covid-19 crisis will worsen existing inequalities in our society – Jonathan Reynolds

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the publication of the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ report, Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2020, said:

“This report shows how the Covid-19 crisis will worsen existing inequalities in our society if the government refuses to act. Ten years of cuts have taken their toll on working-age, low-income families and we must not let this pandemic be the catalyst for another decade of hardship.

“The government has been too slow to act in response to the threat of unprecedented levels of unemployment. Labour is calling on the government to take urgent action to ensure people have the support they need to recover from this crisis with a Back to Work Budget and by closing the gaps in our social security system.”