It’s remarkable to think that the Government support schemes such as self employment income support and furlough have missed so many but there are two campaigns underway to support the following parties and more that have fallen through the gaps.Unknown-1

  • Small company directors paid mainly through dividends. Eligible for furlough, but unable to work on their business for this period
  • Freelance workers, not on permanent contracts, but PAYE so no access to SEISS or furlough
  • Self employed that declared income of over £50,000, denied access to SEISS. Imagine if you declared income of £50,010 last year! £11 less and they would have received up to £15,000 in SEISS grants.

Screenshot 2020-07-07 at 10.30.24There are two campaigns underway to support these. The picture above is from Excluded which represents in the 3 million in total. only this week they were successful in gaining the support of 180 MP’s attending an all party parliamentary group (APPG) chaired by Liberal Democrat Jamie Stone. The meeting was broadcast live on Facebook available for all to watch and meets agin in two weeks to review their best way forward.

Actions included a letter to the Chancellor and numerous questions now being asked in Parliament at appropriate times. You can see more on this campaign at here

imagesThere is a second campaign focused on the small company directors who are not able to claim support from the SEISS, and should they take furlough would be unable to work on their business, and nor would their dividend income be included in the income support so the value of the scheme unsustainable.

The team behind this campaign are campaigning for small company directors to have their dividend income included in the SEISS, as well as a self certification process in the application following by an accountant review post payment to protect accuracy. This team met with MP’s only this week to convey details and case studies of those affected and how their exclusion is likely to negatively impact the bounce back of the economy. For more details please see here

Alternatively both campaigns are active on social channels and you can find them on both Facebook and Twitter.