Seven big city Mayors from across England came together earlier this week to pledge their support to people across the country facing desperate financial straits because they’ve fallen through gaps in the government’s financial safety nets.
In an event jointly hosted by Forgotten Limited and ExcludedUK, which was live streamed across the UK via Facebook - the mayors heard personal stories from members of both groups and promised to pressure Chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide help.
Sadiq Kahn, Mayor of London said, "We’re going to work together to make sure this issue stays in the public’s mind but also on the radar of the government.”
Around three million people across the country have found themselves unable to benefit from government support schemes set up in March, including people who only recently become self employed, people whose self-employed trading profits have exceeded the threshold for receiving help, or people who take some or all of their income from their small businesses in the form of dividends and those who earn less than 50% of total income from self employment.
City Hall estimates as many as 200,000 Londoners could be affected, with half of them in the newly self-employed group, and a further 79,000 ineligible because annual profits were higher than £50,000 in in the 2017/18 tax year and roughly 21,000 who’ve taken income as company dividends.
Excluded UK’s Sonali Joshi, said that flaws in the furlough and self-employed schemes had swiftly become apparent yet gone uncorrected, and Forgotten Ltd’s Gina Broadhurst, pointed out that many company directors are, despite their official titles, “actually gardeners, plumbers, hairdressers or independent bookshop and cafe owners.”
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.