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Daventry Liberal Democrats raise plight of The Excluded 3 million

Written by on December 1, 2020

Article Published on Tuesday December 1, 2020 10:56 AM by


Daventry Liberal Democrats raise plight of The Excluded 3 million


The Liberal Democrats have put forward a motion to Daventry District Council being held this Thursday (3rd December), to get the full council on side to lobby both local MP Chris Heaton-Harris and the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, to change approach and make funding support available for the up to 3 million people who have so far fallen through the COVID funding gap.

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Liberal Democrat Cllr Jonathan Harris says:

“Despite a high-profile campaign by Excluded UK, the government has continued to fail to recognise this group of individuals. These people and small businesses are the often the lifeblood of innovation and creativity in this country.  Many have taken risks to set up new businesses, they pay their taxes, contribute greatly to the local economy and often go on to create employment for others.  He continues, “the government suggests that it is too risky to support this group of people.  In the context of the ridiculous amount of money spent on a track and trace system that doesn’t work, PPE contracts that have failed to deliver, except make a few individuals rich.  The National audit office has confirmed that £10.5 billion worth of contracts were awarded directly without a competitive tender process.  With this in mind to say that funding this group is a risk is simply nonsense”.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Jonathan Harris says:

 Local resident Emma Carpendale says:

“I’ve been working as a Professional Face Painter and Make-up Artist for over 15 years and my business has been closed since March due to Covid-19. I have been excluded from the Government Emergency Support Schemes and have not been entitled to Universal Credit. I wasn’t eligible for the Council Covid-19 Grants as they were for business rates payers only and my work takes place at events. I didn’t know about the Discretionary Grants until the deadline passed and it was too late to apply. My application to the Kick Start scheme, administered by SEMLEP was rejected, so I am at a loss as to where to go for support.  It has clearly been a difficult 9 months for everyone, this crisis has taken its toll on every citizen and we’ve all been touched by grief, sadness and despair. But to stripped of my livelihood and then frozen out of government support and deemed unworthy of help has been crushing.

 I have strived and sacrificed to create a successful business, I have contributed to my local economy, given employment to others and I’ve paid taxes my entire working life. I deserve help to get through this crisis as much as anyone; no one should be left behind.  I contacted all three of my Conservative Councillors to ask for support in this matter but received no response.  That’s why I contacted Cllr Harris from a different ward”.

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Liberal Democrat Cllr Catherine Lomax added:

“To turn our backs on this group is shameful.  That’s why we put forward the motion to council.  There is little within the direct control of the council on this matter as the grant awards have largely had tight government controls around them and the council has simply administered them.  However, we as a council do have a voice and we should use it”.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Catherine Lomax added:


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