With the challenging winter that lies ahead of the country, it is likely that most places will find themselves in tier 3 at some point before a vaccine is found.
That is why we believe it is right for Parliament to debate and agree what is a fair level of support for people and businesses in those areas.
At present, local areas are agreeing individual deals with the government. It is by no means clear that these will be sufficient to cope with the pressures they will face. Also, the lack of transparency about this process and the risks of differential treatment is potentially divisive.
Establishing clear national entitlements of the kind we had during the first lockdown will create a sense of fairness which in turn would help build public support for, and compliance with, any new restrictions.
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