AN ARTIST excluded from the Government's coronavirus support has expressed her anger at Rishi Sunak's failure to help. Campaigners believe as many as three million freelance and self-employed workers have been unable to claim on the Government's support schemes due to various restrictions.
Ceramicist and artist Lucy Baxendale, 31, said her income had all but disappeared as a result of Covid-19, but had also found herself ineligible for the support because she had earned more through employment than she did self-employed in 2018. "I genuinely have no idea how I'm going to make it through the rest of the year," she told the PA news agency. Ms Baxendale, from Hereford, said she also has endometriosis, adding that "the stress of everything has made my pain so much worse and more constant". "I had to ring my GP a couple of weeks ago for stronger pain relief, and last week I broke down in a Zoom meeting which I'm still really embarrassed about."
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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.