Labour MP for Manchester Withington Jeff Smith, was just one of may MP's who took part in a parliamentary debate on support for people ineligible for Government covid-19 support schemes yesterday. Because there were so many MPs wanting to speak in the debate, participants were restricted to 2 minutes each but Mr Smith later tweeted, "Glad to have spoken in yesterday's debate on help for those who've been left out of the Government’s self employed Covid support schemes.. Many powerful stories and some constructive proposals shared - I hope we'll see finally see some action on this."
MP's urged the Government to look again at the many detailed proposals which have been put forward by the trade unions, industry bodies and campaign groups that represent the people affected.
Government minister John Glen MP, Economic Secretary (HM Treasury), responded to the debate as he referenced a briefing by ExcludedUK and said: “I have looked at that carefully and shall take back the three-stage approach, and we will continue to see if we can move forward.”
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.