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Coronavirus: Stephen Timms MP writes to Secretary of State on implications of COVID-19 for DWP

4 March 2020

Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee Stephen Timms has written to the Work and Pensions Secretary on the implications for the department of the current outbreak of coronavirus.

Correspondence

The letter asks about DWP's involvement in the Government's Coronavirus Action Plan and the support available to people required to self-isolate.

Chair's comments

Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP said:

“Minimising the harm to society from coronavirus will require a cross-government approach. With its staff delivering services to thousands of people every day, DWP has a vital part to play.

To contain the spread of the virus, it's imperative that the department takes a flexible approach to its rules and enables people to follow public health guidance - especially people who are at risk of sanctions, or those in low paid and insecure jobs who simply can't afford to take time off.

This situation is rapidly evolving – DWP needs to be ready to adapt, to ensure that no one has to make the invidious choice between financial hardship and putting themselves and others at risk.”

Further information

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