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This page last updated on 2 March 2021

ExcludedUK's open letter to the Chancellor ahead of the budget

AHEAD of the Budget, on 3 March 2021, grassroots organisation ExcludedUK, which has been lobbying for support for those individuals and businesses across the UK shut out of meaningful support through the furlough and SEISS schemes through no fault of their own, have sent an open letter to the Chancellor in a final bold statement before Wednesday, stressing the ever increasing hardship and uncertain futures faced by some 3 million UK taxpayers and their households.

ExcludedUK urges the Chancellor to recognise the economic impact on those affected in the upcoming Budget, as we approach 1 year since the onset of the Pandemic and little to no support for some 3 million UK taxpayers, many of whom have been plunged into debt and poverty.

Ample time has passed for the issues to be rectified. A variety of non-complex proposals have been put forward to the Treasury, while the overriding call from those affected is for parity. With one year of decimated livelihoods and businesses, not helping those affected will leave a personal debt crisis that will hang over so many for years to come, while equally being at odds with the wider economic recovery.

The open letter reads as follows:- "Dear Chancellor, We are writing to you from ExcludedUK with collective support from a wide range of organisations and many individuals with regard to gaps in the Government Covid19 support schemes affecting some 3 million UK taxpayers.

While many have received vital support since the onset of the Pandemic, so many others have been left behind. The 3 million figure, now so often referred to, comes from HMRC data and BEIS Business Population Estimates and has been confirmed by figures released by the National Audit Office. It is not just the 1.5 million self employed that you have previously referred to. Standard Life Foundation’s latest survey estimated that as many as 3.8 million are in fact affected.

The impacts are far-reaching and only set to become more acute, with ever increasing financial hardship as each month passes and spiralling debt that has already devastated people’s livelihoods and businesses and will continue to do so for years to come without the support so vitally needed. These impacts equally extend to households; children and families, and for small business owners, their employees, freelancers and contractors too if their own businesses are in peril.

This is a substantial section of the workforce and they need support to get through this crisis; people who were furthering their careers by starting a new job, those in between jobs, those who for whatever reason were denied furlough, those who took the plunge to set up a new business, those with entrepreneurial spirit serving their communities and beyond, freelancers, those combining PAYE and self employment, those whose maternity or parental leave fell at a certain time, people excluded due to pensions, bereavement payments, carer’s allowance, redundancy, shielding and more.

These are people who are the lifeblood of our economy and communities, many who have been taxpayers for years and not previously had to rely on the State, and businesses that are viable. Moreover, people are facing this crisis amid so much uncertainty that still lies ahead, particularly for those in the hardest hit sectors.

Various proposals have been presented to the Treasury that are not complex and that do guard against fraud. We urge you to consider these and include measures in the upcoming Budget that will provide the much needed financial support for those who find themselves outside of the scope of the eligibility criteria of the existing schemes. Not helping these people is equally at odds with economic recovery.

Providing this support now is the right and fair thing to do.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Sonali Joshi - Co-Founder, ExcludedUK; Founder and Director, Day for Night Film and Visual Arts Ltd
Aron Padley - Co-Founder, ExcludedUK
Rachel Flower - Co-Founder and Spokesperson, ExcludedUK
Jennifer Griffiths - HR, Admin and Member Welfare Manager, ExcludedUK
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Local services team up to provide wellbeing support to key workers

THE NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP), has teamed up with 2 organisations to provide wellbeing support to key workers across Cheshire and Wirral.  Due to the ongoing Covid19 Pandemic, it is vitally important that the mental health needs of health and care workers, as well as other key worker such as:- Teachers, Paramedics and Police Officers are provided for. With this in mind, CWP, along with Healthbox CIC and Insight IAPT, are launching a series of initiatives for key workers to use for support.

Dr Anushta Sivananthan, Medical Director for CWP, said:- "Key workers have been hugely important during the Covid19 Pandemic. Ensuring they have access to resources that will enable them to look after their mental wellbeing during this challenging time is incredibly important. We are delighted to be working with Healthbox and Insight to provide this vital support to key workers across our footprint. This new service will be in addition to the local resilience hub."

The service will have three main offers, an emotional support line, available from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week, additional counselling services and services to key workers in acute care settings.  Simon Sandford, Director of Healthbox CIC, said:- "In light of the current situation, we know that there is a growing concern for the public’s mental health and thus, our mental health services have never been needed as much as they are right now. As a nation, we have witnessed how incredibly important our key workers are, but in order to maintain their levels of mental health and wellbeing we know that they are in increasing need of support. That’s why we’ve set up a new service across the borough, to offer 1 to 1 therapy, delivered by our BACP qualified Counsellors. Our aim is to start delivering this service to NHS key workers and then gradually expand and open up to other key worker groups, including:- Care Worker staff, Social Care, Social Workers, Paramedics, Teachers and more."

If you or anyone you know would benefit from this service, simply text support to:- '66777' or email:- Key.Worker@NHS.Net.

Lynsey Terry, Service Manager of Insight Wellbeing at Work said:- "We are proud to be partners of this essential service for our key workers, who have been on the frontline of this Pandemic; both physically and mentally. We are offering a confidential space for emotional support and access to talking therapies and wellbeing resources. Our free emotional support line is open 8.00am to 10.00pm daily. If you are a key worker, you can call us free on:- 0300 131 2074. You have been there for us, now we're here for you."

The development of these services is on a 6 month trial basis with regular reviews of activity and ensuring that the quality of the service is maintained. All 3 services will be provided to key workers in Cheshire and Wirral. 

Total UK cases Covid19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:- 5,455 cases and the total number now stand at:- 4,182,009 that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

The total number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be:-343 within 28 days of positive test, according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is:- 123,296, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 140,062.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 12,748. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,806 Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 1,110.

In England, there are a total of:- 3,668,620 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 577,615 confirmed cases.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-


Area and number of confirmed cases:- Risen by:-

Liverpool City Region
Nation Lockdown

National UK Restrictions.

Liverpool, 47,409 confirmed cases.


Halton, 11,595 confirmed cases. 17
Knowsley, 17,010 confirmed cases. 9
Sefton, 23,194 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 16,487 confirmed cases.


Wirral, 23,766 confirmed cases.


Colour Key:- 0  1 to 10 11 to 20 21 to 30  31 to 40 41 to 50 51 to 100 100 to 199 200 & over  

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within Local Authorities around the Liverpool City Region, since start of the Pandemic, are as follows:-



 Blackburn with Darwen, 17,200 confirmed cases.

 Blackpool, 8,896 confirmed cases.

 Bolton, 24,373 confirmed cases.

 Bury, 16,402 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire East, 19,806 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire West and Chester, 20,710 confirmed cases.

 Lancashire, 93,118 confirmed cases.

 Manchester, 50,028 confirmed cases.

 Oldham, 21,676 confirmed cases.

 Preston, 12,949 confirmed cases.

 Rochdale, 19,910 confirmed cases.

 Salford, 21,828 confirmed cases.

 Stockport, 19,646 confirmed cases.

 Tameside, 17,036 confirmed cases.

 Trafford, 15,699 confirmed cases.

 Warrington, 17,031 confirmed cases.

 Wigan, 27,379 confirmed cases.


Total UK people who have received vaccination

1st Dose 2nd Dose
20,478,619 844,098
Jab Stats correct as of 1 March 2021
The vaccination programme began on 8 December 2020 with people receiving the Vaccine  developed by Pfizer / BioNTech, and people began receiving the Oxford University / AstraZeneca Vaccine  from 4 January 2021. Both Vaccine s are given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart, for a full vaccination course.

Daily reported Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed positive Covid19 test.   Daily and cumulative numbers of Covid19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are not comparable as Wales include suspected Covid19 patients while the other nations include only confirmed cases.


The latest R number is estimated at:- 0.6 to 0.9 with a daily infection growth rate range of:- -6% to -2%, as of 26 February 2021.

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