The suicide rate is rising among those frozen outside the Covid support scheme
An additional six ExcludedUK members have died in suicide in the past five months, with online support and campaign groups saying the exclusion of individuals from government financial assistance schemes throughout the pandemic is to blame.
Jennifer Griffiths, director of ExcludedUK, said she is now aware of 25 people with links to the campaign group who have taken their own lives due to financial distress since March 2020.
According to the group, more than three million people fell into the cracks of government financial assistance during the Covid-19 outbreak, with many relying on food banks, handouts and a staggering amount of debt available.
Those excluded from Rishi Sunak’s Covid-19 support package include people between jobs or started new jobs after March 19, 2020, the new self-employed, the self-employed who with either low incomes or incomes in excess of £ 50,000, new parents on parental leave, workers on PAYE freelance short -term contracts and directors of small limited companies.
A poll of 3,000 ExcludedUK members revealed that 450 people were having suicidal thoughts, while another 1,500 said they were suffering from depression.
Staff at ExcludedUK have been given training on how to deal with suicide due to the rising number of deaths.
Ms Griffiths has been working on the front line for the voluntary -run organization since September last year and said ako he had to “talk people away from taking their own lives countless times”.
“I was recently talking to a teenage girl who hurt herself and told me she wanted to kill herself,” Ms Griffiths said, adding that in another case – in which a parent was removed from with financial help – a nine- one -year -old boy was tried to overdose twice.
“You don’t treat animals the way the Government treats us,” said Ms Griffiths, who was excluded from state assistance.
Earlier this month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published official data showing in 2020 there were 5,224 suicides registered in England and Wales, equivalent to a standard mortality rate of 10 deaths per 100,000. people and less than the 2019 rate of 11 deaths per 100,000.
However, Ms Griffiths said her experience had shown that a significant number of people excluded from qualifying for the furlough scheme or emergency loan are now thinking of suicide.
Business leaders have previously called on the Boris Johnson Conservative Government to take immediate action to prevent the deaths of others.
Earlier this year, John Caudwell, the billionaire founder of Phones4U and supporter of ExcludedUK, said, ako: “It is heartbreaking that so many have taken, and continue to take, their own lives in putting up their debts. It is an unnecessary and unfair tragedy.”
Gina Miller, business owner and political activist, added: “Truth solutions can be put in place to prevent not only the suffering and neglect of so many, but now a growing number of deaths, are no less than the inhumane neglect of politics on a group of innocent people and their families. There is literally blood on the hands of the politicians concerned. “
Ms Griffiths said she wrote to Nadine Dorries, the former minister for mental health who has since become Secretary of Culture, following the MP’s comments that the Covid-19 pandemic was not “all destiny and sorrow” .
Ms Dorries said the real life outlook of the lockdown was not well portrayed by negative media reporting.
“I invite you [Ms Dorries] to have a conversation to address the appalling situations faced by our members trying to gain support for their mental health or the mental well-being of their families, ”Ms Griffiths said.
This is nothing less than the inhumane political neglect of a group of innocent people and their families.
“So far, no one has come back to me since I sent my email on Aug. 27.”
In an open letter dated March 23, Treasury finance secretary Jesse Norman said the Government had provided an “unprecedented package of initiatives” throughout the pandemic to protect people’s jobs and livelihoods. and to “support businesses and public services across the UK, which have spent £ 407bn this year and next”.
A Treasury spokesman added: “It’s heartbreaking to hear anyone
taking their own lives and our condolences are with the grieving family and friends. The government did everything to help as many people as possible. “
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, or struggling with your mental health in other ways, you can contact Samaritans toll-free at 116 123 or email [email protected]