SEISS eligibility has proven to be controversial for Rishi Sunak, with groups such as ExcludedUK and ForgottenLtd detailing millions of self-employed workers have found themselves ineligible due to stringent application rules. Recently, an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Gaps in Support presented the Treasury with an alternative Targeted Income Grant Scheme (TIGS) which aims to provide financial support to those who are unable to claim from the existing scheme.
On being a new parent specifically, the charity “Pregnant Then Screwed” recently brought Mr Sunak to court for indirect discrimination.
The charity argued tens of thousands of self-employed women who have had a baby in the last few years have been discriminated against when claiming coronavirus themed support.
SEISS payments are worked out using average profits made between 2016 and 2019, which reportedly leaves 75,000 women who took maternity leave during that period worse off.
The group has urged the Government to change and Joeli Brearley, the CEO and Founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, said: “The APPG has produced a viable proposal here that we’d urge the Chancellor to take up.
“But the APPG proposal has proved that it is possible to try, and we’d urge Rishi Sunak to do just that. If we don’t then we will be paying the price of these gaps for decades.”
Thus far, Mr Sunak has stood firm in the face of mounting SEISS criticism.
Recently, when the Chancellor was questioned on how he has “the gall” to ignore the excluded communities plights in Parliament, he issued the following response: “With regard to our support for the self employed it’s worth noting, not that you would know it from what the honourable lady said, that almost three million people have benefited from support to the tune of around £20billion.
“I do believe that’s comprehensive, it’s indeed certainly more comprehensive and generous support than almost any other country that I can find has provided.
“But of course we will always look at other suggestions we will receive, and I will continue to do that.”
Express.co.uk has contacted HM Treasury asking for comment.
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