Nine months into the Covid-19 crisis, the financial strain on those who missed out are acute and official data indicates that the number of solo self-employed people claiming universal credit more than trebled between 2019 and 2020.
A report in the Financial Times today cites the story of Chris Camps, a retail designer based in Cambridgeshire. Chris is one of the many thousands of UK company owner directors who have qualified for little or no government pandemic support.
While the majority of his clients are still furloughed, he and his wife are, for the first time, deep in debt.
“I’ll be spending Christmas in hospital," said Chris, who suffers from Crohn’s disease. "But I’m more worried about my wife dealing with debt collectors at the door than I am about the operation,”
Recent research by IPSE, reveals that a fifth of the self-employed population is now in debt because of the pandemic.
it is estimated that around three million Britons have been ineligible to claim government help, despite many suffering extreme hardship.
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.