LIVING ON POT NOODLE...eating every other day and forced to ration food - the harsh reality of being #ExcludedUK.
A report published this week in inews, highlights the devastating impact of being locked out of the coronavirus financial support schemes for three members of #ExcludedUK.
Chef, Tim Smith, had just started a new job when the government put the UK into lockdown in March. Unable to access support, he managed to survive by rationing food and eating cheaply. Tim then managed a few weeks of work over the summer, but is now back on Universal Credit as all the pubs and restaurants are now closed again. Tim says that this has had an enormous impact on his mental health.
Lowri Williams, a single mother of an 11 year old daughter, has been forced into using food banks and is worried about how she is going to pay her mortgage next month. Lowri worked in the events industry, which has been one of the hardest hit by the virus and she says she now fears that she and her daughter could end up homeless.
A builder from south Wales, Andrew Prosser, suffered a stroke in July. Both he has doctor believe that the worry caused from being #ExcludedUK contributed to his stroke.
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.