Peter Aldous welcomes Chancellor's support package for coronavirus pandemic and calls for support for voluntary sector

17th March 2020

Peter Aldous welcomes the comprehensive package to support businesses during the coronavirus pandemic and calls on the Government to support food banks, citizens advice and local churches who will play such a vital role in the coming weeks.

Peter Aldous MP speaking in the House of Commons, Mar 2020, Coronavirus

I commend the Chancellor for coming forward with such a comprehensive range of support. If he is to use the benefits system to support those ineligible for sick pay, I urge him to take on board the concerns raised by the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) about the fundamental flaw with universal credit. I also highlight the vital work that food banks, citizens advice and local churches will be doing in the coming weeks. He should ensure that they get the right support for that.

I wholeheartedly agree with my hon. Friend about the importance of our voluntary sector, particularly at this time, and the vital role that it will play. It is right that it gets our support. The Communities Secretary is actively engaging with it and I stand ready to do more as needed.



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