A report by the Public Accounts Committee, published on 14th December acknowledges that a combination of policy decisions, limitations in the data held in the tax system and the Departments’ prioritisation of implementing the schemes rapidly meant that as many as 2.9 million workers may have been excluded from CJRS and SEISS.
The report goes onto say that despite putting the schemes in place again for the second national lockdown in the autumn, the Departments did not develop their methods for determining eligibility since the first schemes to make sure that assistance got to all those who needed it.
Among other recommendations in the report are that HM Treasury and HMRC should investigate whether more data within and outside of the tax system could be used to determine eligibility for currently excluded groups as well as improve access to Covid-19 related support schemes for currently excluded groups.
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.