A call to roll out a full package of support for NHS and social care staff is being made by Daisy Cooper, MP for St Albans, following the launch of a bereavement scheme for the families of frontline workers.
The scheme, announced by the Government on 27 April, is one of a series of measures in a Frontline Support Package put forward by the Liberal Democrats that will pay out £60,000 to the grieving families of health and social care workers who have died from Covid-19.
“Frontline NHS and social care workers are risking their lives every day to fight coronavirus and protect us,” said Daisy Cooper. “They should know that if the worst happens, the state will help their families. It is what they need, and what they deserve.
Acknowledging the heroes
“By agreeing to Liberal Democrat calls for a life assurance scheme for the families of those who lose their lives, I am pleased the Government is taking the first step in acknowledging the heroes who make the ultimate sacrifice.
“Now the Government must get behind the rest of the Liberal Democrats’ Frontline Support Package, by providing full protective kit, practical support with food and transport, and an additional daily service award payment akin to Armed Forces personnel deployed to dangerous areas.
“The scheme should also include the families of all key workers – carers, teachers and bus drivers, to name a few – who die in the frontline. It should also match that given to the Armed Forces, covering pension benefits and funeral costs.”