Letter to the Prime Minister – ensure second lockdown protects rights

Posted on 02 Nov 2020

We support proportionate measures to protect public health. Safeguarding civil liberties and equality is clearly integral to achieving this aim.

We wrote to the Prime Minster to recommend a number of measures to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected during a second lockdown.

The recommendations include:

  • A clear ‘sunset clause’ in the law requiring new restrictions to end on Wednesday 2 December, so any extension must be properly scrutinised
  • Additional police enforcement powers should be minimal
  • All self-isolating workers should receive full sick pay, and ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ workers should receive full sick pay if they can’t work from home
  • People must not lose their homes
  • Local authorities must have the funding to maintain or enhance their social care provision
  • There must be funding to ensure homeless people can access safe and suitable accommodation, regardless of their immigration status.
  • Refuges and domestic violence services must have funding to meet increasing levels of need
  • Charging migrants for NHS services must stop, as well as data-sharing for immigration enforcement purposes, and the ‘no recourse to public funds’ rule should be suspended

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