SEISS is formally known as the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and offers help to eligible self-employed people in the form of grants. The scheme was extended by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, following further restrictions and a cry for support from those affected by the pandemic. However, for a number of different reasons, some have been excluded from SEISS as well as other government support measures such as furlough.
Mr Sunak today appeared in the House of Commons to give a statement, and many hoped he would address the matter.
While a number of MPs raised the issue in Parliament, the Chancellor did not announce any new measures, frustrating some.
ExcludedUK, speaking on the group’s Twitter page, expressed their dismay at the latest update.
A post read: “Congratulations on successfully reiterating everything you’ve done for the rest of the country, Rishi Sunak while simultaneously kicking the Excluded in the teeth once again.”
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“But I am confident that our economic plan is supporting the finances of millions of people and businesses.”
MPs today heard that close to 10million people have been furloughed throughout the scheme.
In addition, three million people have so far benefitted from the government’s self-employment grants.
But the Chancellor said it was important to note the economy is likely to get worse before it becomes better.
However, for those excluded from support measures due to eligibility criteria, frustration appears to be growing.
Tracy Brabin, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gaps in Support, also commented on the matter.
She said: “Once again, the Chancellor has turned down an opportunity to support the three million people who have been left penniless since the beginning of this crisis.
“During the worst recession in living memory, it’s incredible that the government continues to ignore daily calls from Members of Parliament as well as the horror stories we hear about the experiences of excluded groups.
“The APPG on Gaps in Support urges the Chancellor to come back to the House as quickly as possible this time, and deliver a long-overdue package of support for the three million excluded.”
The deadline for the third SEISS grant is just around the corner and falls on January 29, 2021.
As a result, eligible self-employed people, or people who believe they could be eligible are being urged to take action on the matter.
However, the government website states: “If you were not eligible for the first and second grant, based on the information in your Self Assessment tax returns, you will not be eligible for the third.”
Details on the fourth grant of SEISS and its scope are expected to be released in due course.