Speaking at prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons yesterday, Boris Johnson denied “abandoning” freelancers and the self-employed, after being challenged by Ian Blackford, SNP who labelled the government's handling of the excluded group as “abject failure”.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford asked the prime minister if he would agree to meet with ExcludedUK, the organisation fighting for help for the estimated three million who have missed out on financial support schemes, and urged him to work with ExcludedUK on a “meaningful package of support”.
Speaking after his meeting on Tuesday with ExcludedUK, the SNP MP said: “For the last nine months the excluded have been living without any help, with any hope. And it is now tragically, costing lives.
Aron Padley, one of the founders of ExcludedUK said, "The prime minister knows full well that there are three million people - taxpayers like everyone else - who have just been left behind, and the effect of exclusion is devastating. These are people who are normally self-sufficient go-getters, the backbone of the country, and they have been chucked into debt and poverty and desperation."
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.