SNP MP Carol Monaghan has written to the CEOs of major supermarkets across the UK urging them to prioritise some home delivery slots for elderly and vulnerable people, as new measures are introduced to tackle the coronavirus.
In a letter to retailers, the MP for Glasgow North West also called on supermarkets to operate a system – similar to Ireland – whereby only elderly people can access the stores at certain times.
Commenting, Carol Monaghan MP said: “UK retailers have been proactive in their response to the coronavirus crisis and the steps taken, including reminding customers to be considerate and limiting sales of certain high demand products, have been welcome.
“I have been contacted by a number of constituents who are concerned about supplies of food and other essential items available for the elderly and vulnerable in our community.
“That is why I have written to the CEOs of major supermarkets across the UK to ask that some home delivery slots are prioritised for elderly and vulnerable people.
“I have also asked that retailers consider introducing a system, as seen in some supermarkets in Ireland, where there are specific slots from 8-9am for elderly customers only.
“Such measures would go a long way in addressing serious concerns raised about protecting people in our society, while people in their local communities should – if they are able to – continue to assist elderly and vulnerable neighbours.”