Approximately 3 million tax payers have been exlcuded from receiving support from the government since the start of the lockdown (in March 2020).
Some of these people fall into the following categories: the newly self employed; new businesses; those self employed ineligible for business grants; PAYE freelancers; those denied furlough; those who earn less than 50% from self employment; directors paid in dividends; directors paid PAYE annually.
Many are ineligible for, or have been turned down for, Universal Credit and/or other benefits.
For 5 months, the government in Westminster has repeatedly ignored this issue and refused to address it, in spite of the recommendations of a cross-party Treasury Select Committee, the largest ever All-Party Parliamentary Group (including a number of Conservative MPs), and sustained media pressure.
5 months on and with no income, many of these people are now in desparate circumstances: businesses have closed, whist some have folded; employees have been made redundant; many are unable to find even a part time job; many are unable to pay their bills, rent and mortgages (some have lost their homes or had to sell them); people have been forced to take on increasing amounts of debt with no way in sight of paying it back; people are resorting to food banks; parents are only eating once a day so their children can have food on their plates; many are now suffering from severe mental health problems.
The situation is particularly acute for those working in the events industry (such as live music and theatre) where it looks like the industry won't be able to function fully until spring 2021 at the earliest - a full year after lockdown was initially imposed.
I would like to help by raising £300 for cycling 300 miles in September.
My fundraiser is part of Excluded's initiative '3 Million Miles' - 1 mile travelled for each of the excluded.