Jarrow MP Kate Osborne backs calls for Coronavirus Compensation Scheme for key workers
MP for Jarrow, Kate Osborne has joined growing calls for a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme for those risking their lives on the frontline of the crisis.
The Labour MP has backed a cross-party campaign launched by a number of leading MPs calling on the Government to introduce a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme.
The scheme would protect those key workers on the frontline and support their families should the worst happen - as with those in the Armed Forces.
Public support for the campaign continues to grow, with over 8,000 members of the public having signed the petition.
In a letter to the Prime Minister on Monday, March 30 MPs said that ‘those on the frontline of this battle against coronavirus are heroes’ and advocated for a scheme to mirror that already in place for members of the Armed Forces.
This would include a lump sum up of money front and a guaranteed income for their family, with child payments to eligible children under18 and contributions towards funeral costs.
The call follows reports that hundreds of doctors are less likely to return to the frontline or increase their hours because they fear their families will not be properly compensated if they lose their lives.
More than 100 NHS staff have now died after contracting Covid-19.
The Coronavirus Compensation Scheme should be open to the families of those classified as key workers, notably NHS and social care staff, as well as teachers.
Ms Osborne, who has recovered from Covid-19 after testing positive last month, said: “Those on the frontline in Jarrow and across the country, who are putting themselves in harm’s way every day to save others, are heroes. They should know that the state will help their families if the worst happens.
“The Scheme would provide security and comfort for those risking their lives in the face of COVID-19 – it is the very least they deserve.”
She added: “I’m proud to add my name to this campaign, calling on the Government to introduce this compassionate compensation scheme without delay. Over 8,000 members of the public, 50+ MPs and a national newspaper are already on board. Now is the time for action.”