Op Ed - Coronavirus is taking its toll on the nation’s mental health – it’s time we took our wellbeing seriously

Originally in Independent Voices

In the past, I have been open about my struggles with anxiety and depression. I know that every so often it can be challenging to stay healthy and positive. That’s true at the best of times, let alone the worst.

If you are feeling down, or up and down, at the moment then you’re not alone. Last week, the Office for National Statistics revealed that nearly half of adults in the UK reported “high” anxiety levels between 20 and 30 March 2020. That’s more than 25 million people.

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Press Release: Victory for the Coronavirus Compensation Scheme, but urges Govt to go further

Layla Moran has welcomed the announcement of the 'life assurance scheme' for NHS workers as a victory for her long-standing campaign for a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme. Health Secretary Matt Hancock today announced that the family of staff who die from coronavirus will receive a £60,000 payment.

However, she has urged the Government to “ensure it covers all key workers who lose their lives” and to look at covering funeral costs and pension benefits too.

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Press Release: The Government put ideology over saving lives; it was Brexit before breathing all along

Layla Moran has declared that is was 'Brexit before breathing all along,' following to revelations that the decision not to enter the EU Joint Procurement Scheme for medical equipment (including ventilators) was 'a political decision.'  The Government had previously claimed to have 'missed the email.'

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Press Release: Daily Express backs Layla Moran MP’s campaign for Coronavirus Compensation Scheme

  • Express backs Layla Moran’s cross-party campaign for Coronavirus Compensation Scheme
  • 50 MPs and 8000 members of the public have already supported
  • Express reports over 100 NHS frontline workers have died
  • Layla Moran calls on Government to introduce scheme without delay
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Op Ed - The compelling case for a national Universal Basic Income trial

Originally in Lib Dem Voice

Coronavirus has lifted the lid on the prevalence of financial insecurity in this UK. For many, there is no safety net in place for times of crisis. So, now more than ever, we need progressive, forward-thinking solutions to help people cope.

That’s why I, along with a group of cross-party MPs, have been calling on the Chancellor to implement an Emergency Universal Basic Income. Before the crisis, I advocated for the launch of local pilots to explore the idea. Now, I realise that we to act nationally to protect our most economically vulnerable.

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Press Release: Put people's lives and businesses before Brexit - extend the transition period to avoid No Deal

Responding to the poll released by Best for Britain, indicating that two-thirds of the public support an extension to the transition period (including 49% of Leave voters) - Layla Moran has called on the Government to listen to the public in order to avoid an economically devastating No Deal Brexit. 

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Press Release: The time for exceptionalism and ideology is over; lives must come first.

Responding to the Sunday Times reports on the Government's Coronavirus response, Layla Moran has:

  • slammed a 'costly and unforgivable catalogue of errors and incompetence'
  • called for the Government to commit to an Inquiry
  • called on Government to learn lessons from neighbours and join joint EU schemes for PPE and ventilators
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Op Ed - Contact tracing is necessary but we must stay true to our liberal values

Originally in The Times

As a liberal, the idea of increasing the state’s power to monitor people’s location sends a shiver down my spine. This type of Orwellian measure is not something I ever thought I’d endorse.

Yet, following the lead of experts and learning from other countries, it appears that “contact tracing” will be a necessary component of the UK’s coronavirus exit strategy. It is vital that we put safeguards in place, and we need to start thinking about this now.

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Press Release: Government must urgently help over 150,000 self-employed people stuck in support 'black hole'

Analysis of figures released by the Office of National Statistics this morning shows that over 150,000 self-employed people are not eligible for the Government’s self-employment income support scheme (SEISS). Layla Moran MP has termed this a ‘black hole,’ and has urged the Government to act. 

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Press Release: Extend the Job Retention Scheme now; people’s livelihoods and the economy are on the line

The Treasury is being urged by Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran to announce the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme beyond May, to prevent a fresh wave of redundancies at the end of April. 

Update: Successful - the Chancellor has now extended the Furlough scheme to the end of June

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