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COVID19 and being off work
I am not sure if this is the right place to put this or not, so if it is not then please excuse me.
My wife who has COPD, got a letter when the Pandemic started last year to shield. When the shiedling came to an end she was very nervous about going back to work. This was for a number of reasons. One, is because she works in a supermarket and works on the shop floor. 2, because her work friends said they did not feel safe at work because the management and workmates were not taking it seriously. and 3, because her friends who went to the supermarket - Tesco said it was horrible and unsafe. She spoke to her COPD nurse and she said she had stopped shopping at Tesco because it was not safe and they were not taking it seriously. She also said because she had COPD she should not be going back to work. My wife was like a nervous wreck and when she shared her concerns with her GP they said you should not be going back to work and signed her off as long term sick. Her company sick pay has ran, as that is what she was getting when furlough finished after the first lockdown. Now she is just receiving £95 per week SSP.
She has said about going back to work and risking it so she can receive her proper wages instead of being on SSP. Against my advice she was going to to this and then Boris said all the people on the vulnerable list need to stay at home. For me he has not even considered the financial implications of this. Even though my wife has been told to stay at home by Boris yet again, all she is getting is SSP. I am just wondering if there is any advice out there on this issue. Her GP has said she could be off work until the summer.