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The Government’s financial support schemes for people whose income has been affected by coronavirus have been generous and welcome.

But months after the first emergency tranche was rushed through, there are millions of people who have been forgotten. As we move into the next phase of recovery, the Government must make sure it does a better job not to leave people behind.

This week the Treasury committee confirmed what Telegraph Money has been reporting for weeks: one million people have been locked out of the Government’s support schemes.

These groups include newly employed workers who could not be furloughed as their employer had not yet submitted their payroll details to HMRC; newly self-employed people who have not submitted a tax return; those with annual profits in excess of £50,000 who fall foul of the income cap; directors of limited companies who earn via dividends; and workers on short-term PAYE contracts.

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ExcludedUK is a newly formed non-profit NGO and serves as a collective platform for those entirely or largely excluded from the UK Government's Covid-19 financial support measures. We are a rapidly growing organisation and an inclusive community, representing a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses, but all sharing one common thread: we are excluded.As an organisation we will play a crucial role in facilitating support and assistance on multiple levels, both for now and into the future.Our aim is to build a stronger platform, raise awareness, lobby for support, raise funds for legal challenges and help enable the changes that are needed for those excluded.Most importantly, our hope is that our efforts can help propel affected individuals and businesses forward in the face of adversity resulting from Covid-19 and being excluded from Government support, while equally ensuring we are all able to help each other emerge from this crisis.

The Telegraph

Written by The Telegraph