26 February 2021
The second report of the cross-party BEIS Committee’s inquiry into The impact of Coronavirus on businesses and workers has been released today, highlighting the inconsistencies of the existing financial support packages and calling for the government to urgently fix the gaps in provision in the Budget statement next week.
The report, which can be read on the UK Parliament website, calls attention to the 3 million workers still unable to access financial support and underlines the hardship faced by excluded individuals, as well as the discriminatory impact of such gaps in provision.
In Paragraph 22, the report states: "We recommend that the Government reviews the coverage of current support to make sure that the greatest support is provided to those individuals facing most hardship, and that any gaps in provision are addressed. We expect the Chancellor to announce measures to this effect in his Budget statement next week."
Equity gave evidence twice to the Committee, with both Equity General Secretary Paul W Fleming and his predecessor Christine Payne appearing as witnesses at evidence sessions over the course of the pandemic.
Paul W Fleming said: “The cross-party BEIS Committee have a powerful message for government: the pandemic of precariousness for Equity members must end. The gaps in the coronavirus support scheme are cavernous - over 40% of Equity’s 48,000 members haven’t received a penny from furlough or SEISS.
"We thank the committee for listening to our members and saying so clearly that the system has to change - is Rishi Sunak listening? We’ll be watching next week.”
Link to full report: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/4831/documents/48550/default/
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