All Party Parliamentary Group set up to support those excluded from Covid support

Jamie Stone MP (Lib Dem, Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross) has set up an all-parliamentary party group with non-governmental organisation ExcludedUK to support the estimated three million people who have been excluded from UK government Covid-19 schemes.

This story was first published on the Excluded UK website. Read the full story, here:

Jamie Stone says he has heard “countless heartbreaking stories” from people in the Highlands and across the UK who have been excluded from support for “completely arbitrary” reasons.

People and businesses excluded from support schemes include:

  • Newly self-employed
  • Self-employed with +£50k trading profits
  • Less than 50 per cent income through self-employment
  • PAYE freelancers
  • New starters
  • Those denied furlough
  • Directors filing PAYE annually
  • Directors paid in dividends
  • Directors of companies not in profit
  • New businesses
  • Low-investment start-ups
  • Those ineligible for business grants
  • Those ineligible due to circumstances such as parental leave or pension payments

Mr Stone, the Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, pointed out that many of the people excluded from government schemes in the north are self-employed hairdressers, cab drivers or creative freelancers.

After setting up the group, known as an APPG, Mr Stone said: “I have heard countless heartbreaking stories from fellow Highlanders and people from across the rest of the UK who have been excluded from government support for completely arbitrary reasons.

“It is a disgrace that so many have been left ineligible for every kind of support, even Universal Credit.”

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