A campaign group formed to support people who fell through the cracks of the Government’s pandemic support schemes is working to raise £1 million for Samaritans.
ForgottenPAYE was set up to call for change on behalf of largely self-employed people who are taxed at source on more than half their income and so are excluded from Government crisis support.
Now they’ve launched Mind the Gaps, a fundraising appeal that they say will help up to 200,000 people whose mental wellbeing has been affected by their experiences of trying to make ends meet without support.
The group is teaming up with fellow campaigners New Starter Justice, who want the Government to fix the loophole that meant anyone starting a new job after February 28 was ineligible for furlough; Maternity Petition, fighting for an extra three months’ paid maternity leave to be given to new mothers so they can socialise with their babies after lockdown; ForgottenLtd, working to help struggling small business owners, and the BBC PAYE freelancers’ support group.
— ForgottenPAYE (@ForgottenPAYE) August 4, 2020
Celebrities like Denise Welch, Brooke Vincent, Catherine Tyldesley and Rebecca Ferguson have already thrown their support behind the cause.