A survey conducted by the Birmingham Edgbaston MP, Preet Kaur Gill, reveals that over 68% of respondents do not support a loosening of lockdown restrictions in the next two weeks. Of those working from home, more than 63% are not confident that they would be able to work safely if they were told to return to their workplace, and nearly three in ten respondents rely on public transport to get to work.

The survey, which ran for two weeks in May and asked over 500 people in Birmingham for their opinions on various aspects of lockdown measures and the impact Covid-19 and the lockdown has had on them and their family, found that respondents’ biggest concern is the impact Covid-19 will have on their physical and mental health and that of their loved ones.

Other survey findings include over 73% expecting their financial situation to get either a little, or a lot, worse over the next year, and only around half of all respondents would use a contact tracing app if it was made available.

Preet Gill said:

“The public have made great sacrifices to make the lockdown work. They deserve to be part of an adult conversation about what comes next, and the government needs to bring people with them.

“Labour wants the government to succeed, and we want to support the government to get this right.

“We support a gradual easing of restrictions. However, this needs to be done as safely as possible, following the science and done at the right time. Any decisions to ease restrictions must respond the facts on the ground. 

“To achieve this, we need three things. First, the government should publish the evidence behind the decisions it has taken. Second, we need to see a track, trace and isolate system that works. Third, the government’s strategy must be flexible and able to quickly adapt to changing circumstances.

“We need a national consensus to build public confidence in this plan. Labour will continue to work constructively with the government on these proposals to ensure we have the best possible response to this crisis.”