M633 – End of Furlough Scheme Protection and Return to Work Motion 2020Watch
I've asked numerous times what the government is planning to do and I have been fobbed off every time. I would rather the second options be taken. They're more sustainable than extending the furlough scheme. Either way, doing something and protecting the sector is better than nothing.
If this motion were to pass I'd be advocating for a combination of the actions presented within - I would extend the furlough scheme until December and have reopening at close to capacity from January.
Is it unreasonable? The sector has already submitted proposals to the government that involve mandatory masks, testing on arrival, testing of all staff, and a test and trace system better than average as they already have everyone's details. At the very least the government should have provided feedback on the measures and decide the limit for reopening. The government can quantify a threshold for a quarantine list so it should be able to quantify a threshold for a return whether it be fewer than 10 cases per 100,000 people or 1 case per 100,000 people.
As the motion is reasonably open in what it asks and the 28 day timetable does not conflict with my current plans this is not something i object to. In addition i thank the Hon. Member for saving LOL or somebody else a job in testing the waters in the House on furlough since i have already penciled in a couple of Corona related measures relevant to my department (to be honest i expected more of a fight so its pleasing to see ).
Ironically though i'll be taking MQ's in a week though so you could have saved yourself the motion.