Coronavirus has caused severe financial hardship for some people who have been unable to pay for essentials like food, rent, council tax and utilities. As a result, we’ve seen a fast and steep escalation in survival borrowing. The number of people who are in severe problem debt because of coronavirus has almost doubled since the beginning of the outbreak to 1.2 million people. It’s not right for those hardest hit by the pandemic to shoulder the financial burden alone. By helping people to pay off coronavirus debts, we can provide a lifeline to help them stay afloat and avoid being swept into serious hardship.