NEARLY half one million determined Brits signed as much as advantages in simply over every week as coronavirus despatched the financial system into meltdown.
The flood of 470,000 individuals pressured on to the dole may spiral because the lethal pandemic will get worse.
Learn our coronavirus reside weblog for the most recent information & updates
There have been extra workers than commuters at London’s Waterloo station at the moment as coronavirus despatched the financial system into meltdown[/caption]
The lockdown meant there have been no guests to Manchester’s normally bustling St Ann’s Sq.[/caption]
Candidates face on-line queues of greater than 144,000 individuals whereas trying to say for Common Credit score — the welfare cost which takes in jobseeker’s allowance, housing profit and earnings assist.
Many have stated registering is complicated, and that they have been timed out — placing them to the again of line once more.
The sudden surge of claimants heaps huge strain on Chancellor Rishi Sunak who will tomorrow lastly announce his bailout scheme for the self-employed.
Boris Johnson at the moment promised the nation will “put our arms round each employee” to assist them throughout the disaster.
He advised PMQs: “As a society and a rustic we’re doing a fairly extraordinary factor.
“For the primary time in our historical past, to get via this disaster, we’re placing our arms as a rustic round each single employee, each single worker on this nation.
“It’s a fairly unprecedented step.”
The PM stated he was conscious of “issues concerning the self-employed” and stated the Chancellor will probably be saying a assist package deal shortly.
Mr Sunak final week launched an all-out bid to save lots of thousands and thousands of jobs by promising to pay 80 per cent of the wages of workers stored on the books.
The PM hinted that tomorrow’s bailout for Britain’s 5 million self-employed will probably be on the same scale, saying he desires “parity” of assist.
A lone jogger crosses London’s Millennium Bridge in entrance of St Paul’s Cathedral[/caption]
Vacationers have abandoned the outlets of picturesque Tub in Somerset because the lockdown bites[/caption]
The M4’s junction 5 would normally be rammed with site visitors heading to Heathrow[/caption]
There have been abandoned roads and pavements in Essex’s main metropolis, Chelmsford[/caption]
The Decision Basis think-tank has warned that some 1.7million self-employed have already been omitted of pocket by the disaster.
As bustling excessive streets change into ghost cities, many former employees have been pressured onto advantages for the primary time.
Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey at the moment advised MPs the welfare system is going through “unprecedented numbers” signing up.
She admitted the system is “going through challenges” however stated it’s essential everybody goes via the strict ID checking course of, which has been blamed for the extraordinary queues.
Ms Coffey advised the Work and Pensions Choose Committee: “We don’t need robots to get cash which is why we’re sustaining verification.”
The division plans to redeploy 10,000 back-office workers to the frontline because it scrambles to attempt to get a grip on the large backlog.
Peter Schofield, the division’s everlasting secretary, stated: “We all know our accountability — we wish to get cash to those that are entitled to it.
“My intention is everybody will get paid what they’re due within the time required.”
He additionally hinted that profit sanctions will probably be waived throughout the disaster as your complete division’s manpower is concentrated on getting money to claimants as shortly as potential.
However Labour took the chance to blast the Authorities over the rising chaos.
The surge of advantages claimants heaps strain on Chancellor Rishi Sunak who will tomorrow announce his bailout scheme for the self-employed[/caption]
Boris Johnson at the moment promised the nation will ‘put our arms round each employee’ to assist them throughout the disaster[/caption]
CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOW
Don't miss the most recent information and figures – and important recommendation for you and your loved ones.
To obtain The Solar’s Coronavirus e-newsletter in your inbox each tea time, join right here.
To observe us on Fb, merely ‘Like’ our Coronavirus web page.
Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or pill every day – discover out extra.
MOST READ IN POLITICS
Boris orders UK to remain dwelling until they’ve certainly one of four causes – or be FINED
Brits get 6-month MOT vacation for automobiles, vans and bikes throughout coronavirus epidemic
Margaret Greenwood, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, stated: “Unprecedented numbers of working persons are having to entry the social safety system for the very first time due to the well being emergency.
“Not solely is there chaos as they search to safe assist, they are going to be shocked on the low degree of funds.”
The Authorities final week introduced an additional £7billion is being pumped into welfare to “strengthen the security web”.
- GOT a narrative? RING The Solar on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org