24 September 2020
ExcludedUK responds to the Chancellor's statement on the new Jobs Support Scheme and other financial support measures announced today
ExcludedUK expresses its extreme disappointment at the new job support scheme and financial measures set out today by the Chancellor, given that support for the 3 million UK taxpayers who have been excluded from the government Covid-19 financial schemes was not addressed.
While we broadly welcome the new schemes that were announced today, individuals and small businesses that have thus far been excluded from any meaningful support continue to find themselves excluded and face further financial hardship and debt through no fault of their own, while the associated mental health crisis continues to grow.
The financial hardship endured over the last six month by 3 million people will be further compounded as we enter into this new period, alongside much uncertainty that still lies ahead. Despite our repeated calls to meet with the Chancellor and for these voices to be heard by the Treasury, the Chancellor has not afforded us this opportunity.
With the support of so many MPs from across the political spectrum, the voices of the 3 million will not be silenced. ExcludedUK urges the Chancellor to heed these calls and meet with those affected, to hear first-hand about the impacts these exclusions in the government support schemes have had on the 3 million who face ever increasing hardship.
With 3 million people across the UK in diverse industries and sectors affected, this is completely at odds with the need for economic recovery. Livelihoods, households and businesses are already on the brink and urgent redress is needed.
ExcludedUK is grateful to the many MPs who raised questions in Parliament today on behalf of those excluded in response to the Chancellor's statement. However, as has been the case on the many occasions these issues have been previously raised in Parliament, these questions were met with same baseless responses and intransigence on the part of the Chancellor.
ExcludedUK is a volunteer-led grassroots non-profit organisation seeking to amplify the voices of the 3 million UK taxpayers 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.
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