Statutory Sick Pay and Protection for Workers

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:15 pm on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley 2:15 pm, 18th March 2020

Does my hon. Friend agree that for lots of the people he is talking about—the Chancellor repeatedly talked yesterday about those who are self-employed, for example, being able to claim universal credit instead of SSP in this circumstance—this simply is not good enough? Today I have had lots of reports of people trying to do that in my constituency, and they are being told by the Department for Work and Pensions that they have to go to a face-to-face meeting and go through a series of protocols in order to do that. Let alone the dangers of a face-to-face meeting, it is simply not the case that these people can get any access to universal credit at the moment.