The comments made by Anneliese Dodds, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, on 22 February 2021.
Anyone who needs support to self-isolate should be able to access it – no matter where they live or when they develop symptoms. That is the only way we can keep the virus under control when restrictions are lifted, avoid the devastating economic damage of another lockdown and help the vaccine programme succeed.
However, under the current system just three in 10 people who should be self-isolating are doing so.
The Government’s roadmap to recovery must improve the system of self-isolation in this country. That means expanding the Test and Trace Support Payment to those who don’t have a workplace sick pay scheme, better enforcement, and action to fix the broken system of Statutory Sick Pay.
This will help prevent another lockdown, protect public health and secure our economy.