HYNDBURN MP Sara Britcliffe has warned ministers steps need to be taken to ease the burden of the coronavirus epidemic on women.

She also called on them to support voluntary groups during the crisis. The MP told junior business minister Paul Scully in the House of Commons: “When schools and nurseries in Hyndburn are forced to close because of coronavirus, the burden of care will inevitably fall on women.

“Can you assure me they will be supported, especially if they end up losing money due to caring responsibilities?”

Mr Scully replied: “Employees are entitled to take time off work to help someone who depends on them in an emergency, and that would apply to situations to do with coronavirus - for example, if they have to look after their children.

“There is no statutory right to pay for that time off, but some enlightened employers will pay.”