Rishi Sunak has been branded a “real-life Scrooge” as millions of households face a bleak Christmas after nine months of being excluded from financial help, says a report by Harry Brennan and Jessica Beard, in The Telegraph.
The Chancellor has faced fierce criticism for allowing people to fall through the cracks in state support schemes that he has repeatedly failed to plug.
For those who have been pushed to the very brink of financial ruin, this year’s festivities are effectively cancelled, as many are struggling to buy food, while some are even facing eviction after falling behind on rent payments.
Aron Padley of ExcludedUK, said, "For many, money has simply dried up. Turkey and gifts will be an afterthought to the mental health crisis many will be dealing with this Christmas."
Millions of people have been forced to get by on next to no income since April after they found they were ineligible for furlough or self-employed support.
Tom Dingley, an events photographer from London, says he is facing his darkest year thanks to the Chancellor. Tom has lost almost all his income this year due to the pandemic. He was unable to claim support as he earned more from employment in previous years even though he is now a sole trader.
This time last year he was working at a corporate function in Madame Tussauds with 800 guests; now he has just three jobs lined up for the new year.
"Rishi Sunak is a real-life Scrooge" he said.
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.