Coronavirus Compensation Scheme

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Those on the front line of this battle against Coronavirus are heroes. However the risks to themselves and their families that they are taking on a daily basis are not recognised.

These brave keyworkers are putting their lives on the line, and they deserve to be protected. Just like members of the armed forces they should know that if the worst happens, the state will help their families.

We call on the UK Government to create a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme for those who, as dedicated and committed professionals, are bravely putting themselves in harms way to protect us all.

It should mirror the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and include:

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

This would be in addition to pension benefits. Furthermore, given the extraordinary nature of this crisis, the state should also contribute to funeral costs.

While no money could ever compensate for any loss of life, setting up this scheme would provide security and comfort for those risking their lives at this time of crisis.

Our gratitude is limitless, and this small show of recognition is the very least we should do.