As we come to terms with what Coronavirus could mean for us and our families, we urge the Government to keep people who are restricted by low incomes front of mind.
In a just and compassionate society, we all rely on one another for support in difficult times, within communities, and when acting together through national and local government, as well as charitable responses.
People locked in poverty face particular challenges staying afloat in the face of rising costs and income loss that will come as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. They are also more likely to be in poor health, disabled, and to be caring for others. In addition, people stuck in poverty are more likely to experience anxiety, depression and other mental health difficulties. The services on which people on low incomes rely are also at risk of disruption, such as food banks and advice teams. The millions of workers trapped in poverty are more likely to have insecure jobs, with fewer rights and employee benefits, and they are less likely to have savings to help cover additional unplanned costs or gaps in income. It is vital that the Government and other organisations in the UK take all possible action to reduce both financial pressure and increased anxiety.
SOURCE: Helen Barnard. “Coronavirus: what does it mean for people restricted by poverty?” Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 18 March 2020.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.