The plight of the nearly three million people who have been excluded from ALL of Rishi Sunak’s economic support packages has become increasingly well publicised. Organisations such as ExcludedUK, ForgottenPAYE, ForgottenLtd, and NewStarterJustice have been at the forefront of campaigns to highlight the plight of the Self Employed, PAYE new starters and small business Company Directors all left to fend for themselves financially by this Government.
The Chancellor’s and the Prime Minister’s stubborn refusal to help everyone in need is breaking businesses and ruining lives. The economic consequences of this policy failure will lead to a long and painful route out of recession for the country.
The Labour Party is calling on the Government to ensure everyone in the UK receives the financial support they need to support them through the pandemic crisis. Sir Keir Starmer highlighted the need for Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson to amend their support packages, and to close the gaps, in Prime Minister’s Questions on November 11th
Tewkebury Labour Party is highlighting the plight of the ExcludedUK within our own constituency with the release of a short film telling the story of one of our residents, Hayley Smith, directed by Tewkesbury filmmaker, Jim Harrison.
During the first wave of the pandemic, Hayley received zero pay and zero financial support from the Government and will live with the financial consequences of this exclusion for many years to come. There is nothing unique about Hayley’s story, quite the opposite, and there will be thousands of people like Hayley throughout Gloucestershire.
Tewkesbury Labour supports Hayley Smith in calling on Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to:
- Acknowledge that 3 million people have been left unsupported during this crisis
- To provide backdated financial support to ALL the ‘Excluded UK’
- To ensure any future support schemes include all working families in the UK