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Treasury Committee: Urgent action needed for those not eligible for Treasury’s support measures

8 April 2020

Rt Hon. Mel Stride MP, Chair of the Treasury Committee, has today written to Rt Hon. Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, urging him to set out what action he will take to help those who aren’t eligible for HM Treasury’s support measures in response to coronavirus.


Last month, Mr Stride wrote to the Chancellor to request further information on the Government’s financial response to coronavirus. The Committee has published the Chancellor’s response today.

The Committee has also published a high-level summary of further evidence received by organisations, trade unions and business representation as part of its inquiry into the Economic Impact of Coronavirus.

Chair's comments

Commenting on the correspondence, Mr Stride said:

“The Chancellor has provided a detailed explanation of the support measures that he has announced so far. However, as the summaries of evidence that we have published show, some people appear to have been left behind.

“Whether it’s those who started a job after 28 February and who therefore have real difficulty qualifying for the Job Retention Scheme, those who draw down some of their income through dividends, or the time it will take for payments to reach individuals and businesses, it’s clear that urgent action is needed.

“Significant progress has been made and millions of people will be helped by the Government’s schemes, but some people have slipped through the net.

“I have asked the Chancellor to examine the proposals in the two summaries and to set out the action that he will take to help those who aren’t currently eligible for the Treasury’s support measures.”

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