Over 600,000 people in work are clinically extremely vulnerable with current shielding guidance telling them they should work from home. However, this does not entitle them to be furloughed, meaning many disabled people are having to chose between their lives and their livelihoods. Leaving it at the discretion of employers does not provide the sufficient protection for people who are extremely clinically vulnerable or disabled people who are not in the category but whose workplace is still unsafe.
"This situation is fundamentally unfair. It’s an issue that’s particularly close to my heart as my mother is in this category. As Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities I will continue to hold the government to account on this."