Staff working at a building site in Kidbrooke have been photographed at work this morning with no social distancing in place.
Many in the construction industry are self-employed and saw minimal measures announced last week by the Chancellor thus forcing many to continue working. While employees will now receive 80 per cent wages up to £2,500 per month while self employed people will receive £376 per month. Employees are not means-tested while the self-employed will be – and any savings (for example amounts saved for future self-assessed tax payments – even if deferred) can further reduce payments.
It also raises questions of employers such as Berkeley Homes and contractors who are building thousands of homes. Supermarkets workers of course are seeing thousands of people per day with no protection, so should those in the building trade be expected to work?
Then again you could say even if working should common sense ensure people do not congregate, assuming they have the choice?
This new reality is raising so many issues with no easy answers.