Chancellor has 'drawn a line' under helping million-plus people excluded from coronavirus support

By agency reporter
July 24, 2020

The Treasury Committee published its Interim Report as part of its inquiry into the Economic Impact of Coronavirus called Gaps in Support on 15 June 2020. 

The conclusions from the report were:

  • Over a million people have fallen through the gaps of Government’s coronavirus support schemes
  • Treasury Committee made recommendations to help those in need of support
  • Government should enact recommendations to fulfil its promise of “doing whatever it takes” to protect people and businesses from impact of coronavirus

The Government's response to the report has now been published. Commenting on the response, Mel Stride, Chair of the Treasury Committee, said: “The Chancellor has effectively drawn a line under helping the million-plus people who have been excluded from support for four months. Despite stating that he will not pick winners and losers when it comes to sectors and businesses that need support, the Chancellor has done this when it comes to households and individuals. 
 
"The Chancellor said that the schemes were designed to be open and accessible to as many people as possible, but the Committee remains to be convinced that more people could not have been helped. The Chancellor initially told those at risk of losing their livelihoods that they would not be forgotten. While the Government is clear that it is moving on to the next phase of its recovery plan, it cannot just turn its back on those who are suffering. The Committee urges the Government to re-think its position.”

* Read the report Economic impact of coronavirus: Gaps in support  here

* Read the Government response here

* Treasury Committee https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/158/treasury-committee/

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