Petition One-off Grant To Be Paid To Anyone Who Has Not Benefited From A Covid-19 Scheme
Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on all aspects of our lives, not least financially. When the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, said, “no one will be left behind”, unfortunately this appears to have turned out not to be true.
There are many people who through no fault of their own, have not qualified for any financial assistance during this time, eg. new starters, newly self-employed, freelancers, contractors and limited company directors, to name a few.
Please will Parliament discuss giving a one-off grant to all constituents who have been ineligible for financial support from all Covid-19 schemes in place, to help them at this difficult time.
This response was given on 22 June 2020
Individuals who cannot benefit from the Job Retention Scheme or Self-Employment Income Support schemes can benefit from the comprehensive package of other support for workers and businesses.
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The Government has taken unprecedented steps to keep people in work, protect people’s incomes, and support businesses. Its economic response is one of the most generous and comprehensive in the world, with the latest statistics highlighting how this support is protecting jobs and helping individuals across all four nations of UK.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is helping firms keep millions of people in employment. As of midnight on 14 June, the CJRS has so far helped 1.1 million employers across the UK furlough 9.1 million jobs.
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) also helps those adversely affected by COVID-19. As of midnight on 14 June, 2.6 million individuals have claimed grants worth £7.6 billion in total.
The Government needed to deliver support at incredible speed, and it prioritised creating schemes that could help as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. The Government worked with stakeholders and carefully considered the case for changing the schemes, taking action where it can. For example, the eligibility cut-off date for the CJRS was extended from 28 February to 19 March to allow more than 200,000 employees to be furloughed. This change made the scheme more generous while keeping the substantial fraud risks under control.
In other areas, it has not been possible to extend the schemes in other ways because of design and operational complexity, which would have taken much longer to implement, but this does not mean these groups have been forgotten or that no support is available for those who are not eligible through the CJRS and SEISS. These schemes continue to be just two elements of an enormous package of support for individuals and businesses. This package includes Bounce Back loans, tax deferrals, rental support, increased levels of Universal Credit, mortgage holidays, and other business support grants. These measures will support millions of families, businesses and individuals to get through this and emerge on the other side both stronger and more united.
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MPs to debate Government spending on Covid-19 support for employees and the self-employed
On Tuesday 7 July MPs will debate the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and support for the self-employed through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.
The debate should start at around 4pm, although the exact start time will depend on other business, and you can watch the debate live here: https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/51b7cb07-c3d5-4e95-b272-4732c0e9f5b9
A transcript will be published the following day here: https://hansard.parliament.uk
The debate has been requested by the Chair of the Treasury Committee, which recently published a report on the economic impact of coronavirus, and gaps in support: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/1446/documents/13238/default/
This debate is being held as part of several Estimates Day debates, where MPs debate and agree the Government’s spending plans. You can find out more about Estimates Day debates and the subjects that are being debated here: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/202/backbench-business-committee/news/147093/backbench-business-committee-confirms-topics-for-estimates-day-debates/