A self-employed curtain fitter precluded from receiving government aid during the pandemic has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help people in his situation before 'more people die at their own hand'.
Mark Whittaker, from Stockport, appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning and pleaded for 'parity' with other UK workers. Due to the fact Mark was employed before setting up his own business - A&M Curtain Fitters - in October 2018, his earnings mean he does not qualify for the self-employed support scheme put in place by the government.
ExcludedUK is a newly formed non-profit NGO and serves as a collective platform for those entirely or largely excluded from the UK Government's Covid-19 financial support measures. We are a rapidly growing organisation and an inclusive community, representing a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses, but all sharing one common thread: we are excluded.As an organisation we will play a crucial role in facilitating support and assistance on multiple levels, both for now and into the future.Our aim is to build a stronger platform, raise awareness, lobby for support, raise funds for legal challenges and help enable the changes that are needed for those excluded.Most importantly, our hope is that our efforts can help propel affected individuals and businesses forward in the face of adversity resulting from Covid-19 and being excluded from Government support, while equally ensuring we are all able to help each other emerge from this crisis.