Although transport workers have had to put themselves in harm’s way in order to keep this country connected throughout the crisis, their families do not have access to the Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme (C.L.A.S).
This is despite the Office for National Statistics finding that bus drivers, car drivers, taxi drivers and chauffeurs are statistically more vulnerable to the coronavirus than care home workers and have been dying at a higher rate.
This is why I have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, and asked him to enact two measures:
- Extend the C.L.A.S. to cover the families of transport workers who die from the coronavirus whilst serving this country.
- Ensure that transport operators have the requisite funds, and your Government’s support, to procure appropriate personal protective equipment to all public–facing staff.
You can see a copy of the letter below.
I hope that the Government listens to the concerns of transport workers and acts to keep them safe whilst they undertake their essential work.