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.
Lib Dem MP Layla Moran said:
“This is a win for my cross-party campaign to introduce a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme. I'm hugely thankful for the support received from over 60 cross-party MPs and over 8,000 members of the public. Together, we convinced the Government that this compassionate scheme is needed.
“Our NHS heroes are putting their lives on the line, and we believe that their families deserve to be protected. They should know that if the worst happens, the state will help their families. It is what they need, and what they deserve.
“Now, the Government needs to go further. The scheme should include the families of all key workers - carers, teachers and bus driver to name a few - who die on the frontline. The scheme should also match that given to the Armed Forces, covering pension benefits and funeral costs.”