ExcludedUK responds to the Chancellor’s refusal to rethink
exclusions in Government Covid-19 financial support schemes
ExcludedUK is appalled at the Chancellor's intransigence in choosing not to resolve the disparities in the Government Covid-19 financial support schemes that have left 3 million excluded from any meaningful support. Now four months on, this has been and continues to be a desperate time for those excluded from support, as many face ever-increasing severe financial hardship and destitution, whilst a serious mental health crisis looms large.
ExcludedUK welcomes the call by Mel Stride, Chair of the Treasury Committee, for the Government to rethink its position, while calling on the Treasury Committee to continue to press the Government to urgently provide support to those excluded.
ExcludedUK is determined to keep pushing the Chancellor to reconsider his decision, despite Parliament starting its summer recess today. The ExcludedUK All-Party Parliamentary Group will be meeting throughout the summer to continue working towards bringing an end to the exclusions in support. The ExcludedUK All-Party Parliamentary Group currently has 248 MPs as members from across the political spectrum, making it the largest current APPG.
As the Government refuses to provide the fairness and parity in support for the 3 million excluded, ExcludedUK will be launching its '3 Million Miles' awareness and fundraising initiative to be rolled out in the coming days. The purpose of ‘3 Million Miles’, representing a mile for every taxpayer who has been excluded from financial help through no fault of their own, is to offer support to those excluded with a well-being and community project. The aim is to cover 3 million miles ‘on foot’, telling stories and raising awareness whilst walking or running, and to raise money for a hardship fund and mental health support, alongside some operational costs to help with the day-to-day running of ExcludedUK as a not-for-profit organisation.
ExcludedUK reiterates its call on the Treasury to meet with the Co-chairs of the ExcludedUK APPG and ExcludedUK to discuss these exclusions as a matter of urgency. There is no rationale or fair justification for these gaps in support and the Treasury’s repeated assertions that everyone has been or can be helped in some way is simply not the case. The Chancellor's reasons of the need to avoid complexity, implementing measures at pace and implying such exclusions were needed to combat fraud, are simply not acceptable.
ExcludedUK is a volunteer-led grassroots non-profit NGO serving as an inclusive platform to amplify the voices of the 3 million excluded through no fault of their own and is committed to continuing to work towards bringing an end to the unfairness, injustice and discrimination in the Government’s Covid-19 financial support measures.
Case studies can be provided on request.
an inclusive alliance for the excluded:
creating a collective platform for those excluded from UK government Covid-19 support