The government has executed a string of U turns in the 12 months since they won the last General Election with an increased majority. From the Exam results fiasco to the Marcus Rashford School Meals campaign, Boris Johnson has lurched from one disaster to the next, reports Kevin Rawlinson in the Guardian.
Starting with mass community testing back in March 2020 and running through a series of about turns, including the NHS App in June, to making facing coverings mandatory in shops after deeming them unnecessary only a few weeks before - there has been almost an embarrassing number of U turns. Most notable for ExcludedUK is the Furlough scheme extension announced in November, where the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, seen as a conservative voice on spending, had been looking to wind the furlough scheme down, but was forced into a series of climbdowns as the scale of the second coronavirus wave became apparent. Perhaps the most significant aspect of this was the announcement that the scheme would be extended until March 2021.
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.