Sian Berry responds to Chancellor’s statement on coronavirus

17 March 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today announced further economic measures to help support those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Sian Berry, co-leader of the Green Party, said: “The Chancellor has set some of the right economic and social security goals in response to this crisis but the government needs to go much further and faster in its actions to meet them and ensure people’s livelihoods will be protected.

“The Chancellor now needs to urgently work on a plan for a temporary universal basic income for all citizens. This would be the simplest and best way to make sure everyone has security and does not slip through the net.

“With the public facing so much uncertainty it is vital that the government follows up this financial package with new laws to suspend no-fault evictions and freeze rental payments for those affected by coronavirus.

“Earlier today, the Green Party’s Molly Scott Cato put forward a full plan for weathering the economic storm and providing security for all our citizens, and the chancellor should be looking at the rest of our ideas too.” [1]

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1   https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2020/03/17/green-party-fighting-coronavirus-needs-an-economy-that-works-for-everybody/

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