Commons debate

MP to highlight plight of 3m ‘excluded’ from support

Freelance worker

Many freelancers have received no government help

An SNP MP will today urge the UK government to deliver meaningful support to individuals and businesses who remain excluded from financial support. 

Owen Thompson will lead a debate in the Commons highlighting the plight of three million workers across the United Kingdom – all of whom were not granted access to the Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme in May 2020.

Despite campaigning for over a year on the issue – alongside grassroots organisation including ‘ExcludedUK’ and ‘We Make Events’ – an estimated 10% of the UK workforce are still waiting on any meaningful support package to help them through the pandemic. 

The MP for Midlothian said these workers had been forgotten or ignored. 

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