Further to the Prime Minister's announcement of increased lockdown measures in England on 31 October, we are encouraging you to take 10 minutes to contact your MP.
On Wednesday 4 November these measures will be put to a vote in Parliament. This is a prime opportunity for our voices to be heard within the context of these new measures and how those excluded will be affected further, already having faced over 7 months of financial hardship which is increasing as time passes.
We want to encourage MPs to continue to bring up the issue of the 3 million excluded individuals and businesses who continue to be left out of financial support measures in the face of these further restrictions.
Write to your MP today and share your story, even if you have done so already. To help, you can refer to a statement we sent to all MPs in response to the Prime Minister's announcement:
We've created a couple of templates and eye-catching graphics for you.
Personalise your message as far as possible, explain who this affects you further and refer to any previous communication you've had with your MP. You can also use some of the links listed below which includes some really powerful reference material to draw on, such as the National Audit Office (NAO) study that, amongst other things, verified a total of 2.9 million excluded. Also recent and relevant, the Resolution Foundation report on the Self-Employed and of course the Treasury Committee evidence presented to the Chancellor back in July.
The key messages are not about the lockdown itself, but its implications on the financial and emotional well-being of you and your family, given that those excluded from financial measures thus far have gone over 7 months with little to no support:
WE ARE STILL HERE
WE ARE STILL WAITING
EXTENSION OF FURLOUGH/SEISS MAY BE RIGHT BUT NOT WITHOUT AMENDING THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?
TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THE EDGE
PREVIOUS CALLS TO ACTION:
We urge everyone to consider writing to their MP regularly and here’s some guidance and a suggested plan that we feel will be really powerful:
1. Read ExcludedUK’s statement in response to the Treasury Committee’s report for background: READ HERE
In our statement, we wanted to present an overarching response in relation to all the different categories of those excluded and you can also put that to your MPs, illustrating the broad landscape of those ExcludedUK, while highlighting your own situation.
Feel free to send our statement to your MP, mentioning ExcludedUK, and with a letter highlighting the following:
2. Find your MP
You can find your MP here: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP
or, you can use this site to find your MP and write to them directly: www.writetothem.com (this site measures how responsive MPs are ie. whether they respond to letter or not, and you can also see their voting record and other useful info)
Whether you’ve had no response, an indifferent or vague response, or a supportive response from your MP from letters you’ve sent already, we now want to take to this another level and push for pressing change.
If your MP has not written to the Treasury already, urge them to do so, highlighting that the Treasury Committee have identified clear gaps in the Government’s Covid-19 support packages, and highlight with excluded category you fall into and why.
If your MP has already written to the Treasury on excluded issues, acknowledge and thank them for doing this, and then press them to write again highlighting the Treasury Committee’s report.
You can say in your letter, “Please see this report which comes from your parliamentary colleagues from a cross-party select committee…”
3. Remain natural, factual and calm
You can refer to THIS GOOGLE DOC with tips on writing to MPs, but here’s a summary of the key points:
- keep your letter succinct and to the point
- use a measured tone that is seeking help, rather than angry or antagonistic
- personalise your letter as far as possible