'Humiliated' millions of workers left in financial crisis by virus

Workers with almost no money who depend on donations from the pandemic have begged for help from the government.

About three million people are facing a financial crisis because they have no access to government support.

Support measures such as the job retention scheme and the income support scheme for the self-employed, along with benefits such as universal credit, have been introduced to help workers whose livelihoods have been affected by disabilities.

But the aid does not apply to some people, including new hires, newly self-employed, freelancers, directors of limited companies paid as dividends, and the self-employed with annual profits in excess of £ 50,000.

Now tearful workers have begged ministers for help for the millions of Britons who have “fallen through the cracks”.

They say they must survive the pandemic without government funding.

Six people excluded from government schemes to help with loss of income spoke at an online event attended by the mayors of London, Liverpool and Manchester.

Ex-teacher Paul Milham, a hypnotherapist, told the event through lobby group ExcludedUK that his company was “on fire” until the pandemic devastated it within two days.

He is now “saved” by his parents.

He said, “I hate being here with my begging bowl, but we need some help.

“This is humiliating, it is humiliating to be here for people with this story.”

Melody Schroeder, who worked to teach compassion and empathy to the NHS, police and armed forces, said her livelihoods disappeared within days of the start of the March lockdown.

She cried in tears and said, “I’ve worked so hard, I’m just really heartbroken, I feel more than broken.”

Lindsey Beagle, who ran a successful catering business in Buckinghamshire, has had to renew staff and incur £ 70,000 in debt while her business is on the verge of collapse.

She said, “Your mental health … you just start thinking really, really dark things. When you work so hard for everything you have, employ people and put so much back into it, you feel really disappointed.”

During the event, it was learned that jobs, homes, businesses, marriages and lives are at stake.

Additionally, a mental health pandemic is predicted for people who have to survive for eight months without money.

Zoe Attridge, 39, a freelance director, said she has received just £ 612 since March to support herself, her husband and their 21-month-old son.

The family is now selling their London home and moving elsewhere.

Judi Heppell, 60, a translator, said she was left “scurrying” for work.

And despite borrowing money from her parents, who are already in their 80s, she says she is “terrified” of going into debt for the first time in her life.

The mayors addressed at the event – Sadiq Khan, Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham – are urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help the “excluded” who are ineligible for financial aid, estimated by the National Court of Auditors at 2 , 9 million workers.

They have written an open letter to the Chancellor to close the “gaps” for those ineligible for financial aid.

Mr Burnham said the government is punishing “people of life” who have taken risks and set up their own businesses.

Mr. Khan added, “We can see the people behind the numbers.

‘It is inexplicable why you were disfellowshipped. You are the creators of wealth, you have never asked for an award, let alone a helping hand.

“And your dignity has been challenged in a way that is hard to fathom.”

He said government support in Germany and France is “much greater than” that in the UK.

According to your money, include those excluded from assistance

  • The new self-employed and new companies
  • Self-employed with a profit of over £ 50,000
  • Employees with less than 50 percent self-employed
  • New parents on parental leave
  • Employees with PAYE freelance short-term contracts
  • Start-ups with low investments
  • Owners-directors of a small limited company

After criticizing in the House of Commons for the lack of help for the self-employed, Boris Johnson said: “This pandemic has undoubtedly been tough on the people of this country and there are undoubtedly people who have suffered during the pandemic and their livelihoods .

“But we have done everything we can to help and as for the self-employed, 2.6 million of them have received support and over £ 13 billion.

“We’ve also upgraded Universal Credit, which runs until next year.”

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