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Peers back calls from the TUC for more government support to help vulnerable workers

A GROUP of cross-party peers are backing calls from the TUC and charities for more government support for clinically vulnerable people going back to workplaces.

The union organisation and the coalition of charities including Age UK, Diabetes UK, Macmillan and the MS Society want a guaranteed decent income and job security for vulnerable people while infection risks remain high.

In March, the government asked around 627,000 vulnerable working people to stay at home and shield from coronavirus.

Baroness Sally Greengross said today: “People who have been shielding have made great sacrifices over the last few months to protect themselves, their families and the NHS, and it would be hugely unfair if they lost their jobs as a result.

“But this is a real fear now, especially for workers who had been banking on and need to keep working.

“We believe many employers want to do the ‘right thing’ and help their employees-in-need but may not be financially able to do so as there is no clear end date to this situation. 

“The government must therefore meet the full cost.”

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