RISHI SUNAK recently laid out his Spending Review plans, which included intentions to increase the National Minimum Wage, along with a pay freeze for public sector workers and a reduction to foreign aid spending. The Chancellor however, failed to cover changes many people expected - such as tax and pension rearrangements and he was also criticised for failing to address the problems with SEISS.
On multiple occasions, the SEISS (Self Employed Income Support Scheme) has been extended and adapted to suit the ongoing pandemic, but due to the strict eligibility rules, millions are still excluded from the scheme and entire industries, organisations and MP'S have been calling on the Treasury to fix the issue.
Many were hoping the Chancellor would address this among others in his recent Spending Review but no new details or plans were addressed.
MP Alison Thewlis said, “I welcome the support that the Chancellor has provided for many self-employed people, including extending SEISS into 2021, but there are still far too many who have been left with nothing.
“I, and others from across parties, have been telling Ministers for months that there remains a group of around three million self-employed who have been frozen out of government support altogether, including freelancers, company directors, newly self-employed, those who have set themselves up as limited companies on specific advice, and others.
“It is totally irrational for the UK Government on one hand to continually extoll the virtues of small, independent businesses, and to encourage people into self-employment, to then refuse to support many of them when they need it most.
Andy Chamberlain, a Director of Policy at the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), said: “It’s disappointing that in a spending review so focused on battling unemployment, there was nothing to support the self-employed – who have driven up employment levels for the last ten years.
ExcludedUK is a non profit grassroots NGO founded to provide a platform for those denied fair and adequate financial support from the Governments COVID-19 Support schemes since the pandemic began in March. With a community of over 60,000 members across all industries, age groups and regions, we estimate that three million UK tax payers have been excluded from the same support as others, which has lead to thousands of people losing their livelihoods, careers, and homes, and sadly, for some, their lives.
ExcludedUK has been fundraising to provide urgent help and support for those affected in the forms of business and career advice, debt support and 121 counselling sessions within 48 hours. Please find more information on our website www.excludeduk.org.