At the start of the pandemic, we were told that the CJRS and the SEISS schemes were set up quickly and that problems would be ironed out later, but nine months later there has been little change. Now, it appears that the real danger in the government’s approach is driving people away from genuine self-employment and holding back our economic recovery.
The list of losers from this week’s spending review was a sobering read, said a recent report in Labourlist. From teaching assistants and health and safety inspectors to environmental workers, many public sector workers are victims of another pay cut, despite all the work and sacrifices they have made during this pandemic.
But, more importantly, there is one group who still did not qualify for help under either the job retention scheme or the self-employed income support scheme. Known as the Excluded, these people, mainly self-employed and freelancers, have already faced almost a year with no support at all, while others have received thousands of pounds in support.
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.