Chancellor must act to help those excluded from Government support

After the initial meeting of the APPG for ExcludedUK today, Liberal Democrat MP and Chair of the APPG Jamie Stone has joined with the other co-chairs in calling on the Chancellor to help those who have so far been left out of the financial support measures introduced by the Government.

The APPG has been set up with the help of ExcludedUK to represent the 3 million individuals who have not been entitled to the Government support in response to the coronavirus crisis. The first meeting this morning was the largest of any inaugural APPG meeting, seeing over 150 MPs join online.

In a joint letter to the Chancellor ahead of his speech tomorrow, Jamie Stone and the co-chairs of the APPG (William Wragg MP, Tracy Brabin MP, Alison Thewliss MP, Jeffery Donaldson MP and Caroline Lucas MP) have urged Rishi Sunak to not only respond to the Treasury Select Committee Interim Report and its recommendations to help all those who have been excluded, but also commit to a meeting with the APPG and Excluded UK as a matter of urgency.

Liberal Democrat MP and Chair of the APPG for ExcludedUK, Jamie Stone said:

We have all heard too many heart-breaking stories from those who have lost their livelihoods overnight as a result of the coronavirus crisis and are entirely excluded from the Government’s financial support measures.

It is simply unacceptable that many individuals are ineligible for every kind of support, even Universal Credit, for entirely arbitrary reasons.

That is why this setting up this APPG is so important. We made history this week with the largest ever attended inaugural APPG meeting – the fact that so many MPs have requested to take part is testament to how many of us want to see the Government help the 3 million people who have been left behind during the pandemic.

The Chancellor must stop burying his head in the sand. He must not only respond to the Treasury Select Committee Interim Report and its recommendations for how to help all those who have been excluded, but he must commit to a meeting with the APPG and Excluded UK as a matter of urgency so we can get the change these people so desperately need.

Sonali Joshi, the founder of Excluded UK added:

We are truly grateful to Jamie Stone MP for all his efforts in initiating the ExcludedUK APPG and all the other members of the APPG for their ongoing support.

Having reached a critical juncture more than 100 days on since Government Covid-19 financial support measures were introduced, 3 million UK taxpayers still find themselves excluded from any meaningful support through no fault of their own.

With so many MPs from across the political spectrum joining the group, we hope this will lead to positive action within Parliament, and ultimately from the Government, on behalf of all those who have been excluded.

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4 Comments

  • Peter Martin 8th Jul '20 - 7:36pm

    “……has joined with the other co-chairs in calling on the Chancellor to help those who have so far been left out of the financial support measures introduced by the Government.”

    Yes I’m sure many will have fallen through the cracks.

    The interesting thing is how any proposals for extra spending at election time had all to be “fully costed”. The Lib Dems were claiming just before the election that their manifesto was the only one to do this. The other parties, or so we were told, had “uncosted” pledges and we were also told how they were being fiscally irresponsible by “shaking the magic money tree.”

    How times have changed in just a few months! It wasn’t at all OK to “shake the tree” for just a few tens of billions to keep the NHS and education services going in Dec 2019. Only the fiscally irresponsible ultra left Labour under Jeremy Corbyn would suggest such a thing. However, in July 2020 its suddenly OK to shake that tree for all its worth. Another £200 billion in QE to keep things ticking over? No problem at all. Let’s cut VAT and stamp duty while we’re at at! How about a UBI to take everyone out of poverty? It’s only money after all!

    Did someone mention the word “deficit”? I certainly hope not!

  • My daughter is a self employed highly qualified Sports Therapist, has two young children, and has not worked since March.
    This sector has well and truly fallen through the net! She was on maternity leave (obviously unpaid!) during the previous 3 years so her income isn’t really accurate for the “previous 3 years” taken into account by the Government schemes for help.
    As she is self employed she isn’t furloughed. Surely this one-to-one sector should now be allowed to start working again? I’m convinced, with all safety measures in place it is far safer than encouraging people to go to pubs and restaurants!

  • This is an excellent initiative from Jamie, and has netted some really positive national publicity for him – and therefore the party.

  • Martin Humphrey 19th Jul '20 - 4:55am

    Oh BOJO what has Rishi done as if the negativity was not bad enough for you through your disgraceful way you are dealing with a National emergency when your main man Rishi excluded 3 to 5 million self employed hard honest working people from support. Talk about digging yourself a bigger hole. Your efforts at fixing this are abysmal. FIX IT NOW.

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