Internal assessment shows failing Isolate policy must be fixed

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus has said the government must urgently increase support for those self-isolating, after reports that an internal government assessment has found that its current isolation policy only has “low to medium” effectiveness.

The cross-party group has repeatedly called on the government to increase financial support for those self-isolating, after hearing from scientific experts who have warned that lack of support is undermining this key measure in the fight against the coronavirus.

Layla Moran, Chair of the APPG on Coronavirus, said:

“It is incredibly damning that the government's own internal assessment has found their current Test, Trace & Isolate policy isn't working properly.

“Ministers must urgently fix this huge hole in our defences against Covid and start providing proper financial support to those required to self-isolate, as we have repeatedly called for.

“Stricter border measures are also needed to defend against the threat of Covid variants, along with a more ambitious approach to vaccinating the world.

“The government’s refusal to learn from its mistakes risks undoing our hard-won progress against the coronavirus. This shows why we need a public inquiry now, to ensure lessons are learned ahead of any future waves.”

ENDS

Press contact: Paul Haydon, [email protected], 07988395025

Notes to Editors

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus is conducting a cross-party parliamentary inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic and has so far held over 20 hearings and made over 40 recommendations. The APPG brings together 74 MPs and peers, representing all four nations and every Westminster party. Its secretariat is provided by the cross-party campaigning group March for Change.

  • The APPG’s Interim Report in December 2020 recommended that the UK government empowers local authorities to deliver a Find, Test, Trace, Isolate and Support system, backed up with proper financial support and assistance for those isolating.
  • The APPG’s International Travel report, published in May 2021, recommended that the UK government should discourage all international leisure travel and introduce stronger measures at airports to prevent the importation of new variants into the
  • The APPG coordinated a letter from over 100 MPs and peers to the Prime Minister urging the government to immediately adopt a policy of “vaccine matching,” in which for each dose of the vaccine imported into the UK, one dose is donated to lower and middle-income nations via the Covax scheme.