Covid-19: Economic Costs - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:08 pm on 28 July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Livermore Lord Livermore Opposition Whip (Lords) 12:08, 28 July 2020

My Lords, the original Question assumes a trade-off, yet the UK has the highest excess death rate in the world and is forecast to suffer the worst recession in the G7. Clearly, the last thing that the economy now needs is a second spike, so will the Minister consider extending statutory sick pay to the 2 million low-paid workers who still do not qualify for it but who may need to self-isolate even though they cannot afford to do so?