The SNP has said the UK government must deliver comprehensive financial support to ensure “no one is left behind” – following the OBR’s publication of coronavirus scenarios.
Ian Blackford MP said the OBR scenario underlined the need for the UK government to fix the serious gaps in the support being offered to millions of people who have lost their jobs or seen their incomes reduced.
The SNP Westminster Leader renewed calls for a guaranteed minimum income – and warned the UK government against lifting the lockdown too early saying “protecting lives must be the priority”.
Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said: “This analysis demonstrates the huge damage coronavirus is doing to our economy – and the urgent need for the UK government to fix the serious gaps in financial support for the millions of people who have lost their jobs or seen their incomes reduced.
“The Chancellor must ensure that businesses have access to cash to stay afloat – and that all households get the support they need.
“This must include a guaranteed minimum income for everyone and strengthened welfare protections – so no one is left behind.
“Too many people have been left out of the current schemes – and millions are struggling to pay their bills and support their families when their incomes have been slashed.
“Ensuring the right support is crucial but I would also warn the UK government against any rash decision to lift the lockdown too early. Protecting lives must be the priority.
“The lockdown must be in place for as long as is necessary to ensure people do not lose their lives needlessly.
“These figures also show the need for the UK government to take bold action to ensure a strong recovery and build a fairer society.
“This crisis has exposed the deep flaws in UK government policy and the deep-rooted inequality in society.
“Fundamental changes will be needed to ensure we learn the lessons and create a more equitable society.
“The SNP will continue to work constructively across parties and press for the support that people, public services and businesses need to get through this crisis.”