Many people on low incomes do not have the financial resilience to self-isolate during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Government has not yet taken action to ensure they can protect themselves, and help stop the spread of the virus, without going hungry. Please write to your MP now and call for urgent action.
The Government and Chief Medical Officer have now closed schools, and advised millions of older and medically vulnerable people to self-isolate for a long period. We have all been asked to work from home, to avoid non-essential travel, and not to frequent pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues. This will mean job losses and drops in income.
Many will struggle to follow the advice to self-isolate either because they already cannot afford enough food to cover this period; because their income is likely to drop substantially, placing pressure on their finances; or because they do not have support to access food and other basic necessities.
We are therefore calling on the Government urgently to release funds to eradicate household food insecurity, and to ease certain costs and welfare constraints, as a priority response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. This unprecedented situation requires an urgent and unprecedented level of response. Click here to read the joint statement about this, signed by Church Action on Poverty, Independent Food Aid Network, Sustain, and many other organisations.
Please write to your MP and ask them to support the call for Government action to keep people afloat during the coronavirus crisis.
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