Public Health Restrictions: Government Economic Support - Commons Urgent Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:28 pm on 15th October 2020.

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Photo of Lord Harris of Haringey Lord Harris of Haringey Labour 1:28 pm, 15th October 2020

My Lords, yesterday the Leader of the House misspoke, no doubt unintentionally, when she told us that the level of wage support being offered was in line with that of most other European countries, including Germany. Germany has lower rates of infection and its economy has not been hit as hard as ours has. As the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, just said, Germany offers up to 80% in wage subsidy. For the public health measures to work, people must be able to comply. If people cannot pay their rent and cannot put food on the table, are the Government not setting up these new local lockdowns to fail?