Ben Lake MP joins growing calls for Coronavirus Compensation Scheme


Ben Lake, MP for Ceredigion, has backed a cross-party campaign by leading MPs calling on the Government to introduce a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme.

Public support for the campaign continues to grow, with over 8,000 members of the public having signed the petition.

The MPs’ letter to the Prime Minister on 30 March said ‘those on the frontline of this battle against coronavirus are heroes’ and advocates for the scheme to mirror that already in place for the Armed Forces. The scheme would include:

  • a lump sum up front
  • a guaranteed income for their family
  • child payments to eligible children under 18
  • contributions towards funeral costs

The call follows reports that hundreds of doctors are less likely to return to the frontline or increase their hours because they fear their families will not be properly compensated if they lose their lives, and news that over 100 NHS staff have now died after contracting COVID-19.

The Coronavirus Compensation Scheme should be open to the families of those classified as key workers, notably NHS and social care staff as well as teachers.

Ben Lake MP said:

“Those on the frontline in Ceredigion and across the UK, who are putting themselves in harm’s way every day to save others, are heroes. They should know that the state will help their families if the worst happens.

“The Coronavirus Compensation Scheme would provide security and comfort for those risking their lives in the face of COVID-19; it is the very least they deserve. 

“I’m proud to add my name to this campaign, calling on the Government to introduce this compassionate compensation scheme without delay. Over 8000 members of the public, 50+ MPs and a national newspaper are already on board. Now is the time for action.”

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