Jamie Stone has set up an all-parliamentary party group with non-governmental organisation ExcludedUK to support the estimated three million people who have been excluded from UK government Covid-19 schemes.
He says he has heard "countless heartbreaking stories" from people in the Highlands and across the UK who have been excluded from support for "completely arbitrary" reasons.
People and businesses excluded from support schemes include:
- Newly self-employed
- Self-employed with +£50k trading profits
- Less than 50 per cent income through self-employment
- PAYE freelancers
- New starters
- Those denied furlough
- Directors filing PAYE annually
- Directors paid in dividends
- Directors of companies not in profit
- New businesses
- Low-investment start-ups
- Those ineligible for business grants
- Those ineligible due to circumstances such as parental leave or pension payments
Mr Stone, the Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, pointed out that many of the people excluded from government schemes in the north are self-employed hairdressers, cab drivers or creative freelancers.
After setting up the group, known as an APPG, Mr Stone said: “I have heard countless heartbreaking stories from fellow Highlanders and people from across the rest of the UK who have been excluded from government support for completely arbitrary reasons.
"It is a disgrace that so many have been left ineligible for every kind of support, even Universal Credit.
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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.