‘I was excluded from coronavirus support and now I have to sell my home’

People excluded from the Government’s coronavirus support schemes are being forced to sell their properties to raise cash in order to survive financially after being left without income for almost five months.

House buying firms have reported a surge in inquiries from people struggling to make ends meet amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Many are looking to free up cash with quick sales – even if it means they get less than the property is worth.

Mortgage holidays are still in place, with almost two million people taking advantage of payment breaks, but others urgently need cash to see them through.

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Chancellor ‘turns his back’ on millions excluded from coronavirus support

The Chancellor has turned his back on millions of struggling workers excluded from coronavirus support schemes, despite his pledge that no one would be left behind, an influential group of MPs has said. 

The Treasury Select Committee, which scrutinises the Chancellor, made a series of recommendations in a recent report aimed at bringing those still suffering financial hardship within the scope of the protection measures. 

More than a million people have been unfairly left without help, the report found, including those moving between jobs who missed the cut-off for furlough, the newly self-employed, directors who pay themselves in dividends and

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Mtn Dew creates stimulus package to support hunting and fishing

Dive Brief:

  • PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew brand debuted a new campaign and sweepstakes on July 15 to support consumers embracing the great outdoors called “Out Here. It’s DEW,” according to a press release.

  • A $100,000 Mtn Dew Outdoor Stimulus program will pay for 2020 hunting and fishing permits in the heartland, a term usually used to refer to the region of the U.S. that encompasses Midwestern states. The program will reimburse one permit per household up to $20 in total via Venmo or check. 

  • Interested consumers must apply at by submitting photos of their fishing and/or hunting permits from

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No support for overlooked company directors in the mini-Budget

Small businesses that slipped through the net of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s measures to support the British economy continue to be overlooked, according to trade body the Institute of Directors.

In Mr Sunak’s fresh stimulus package aimed at rebooting the economy, there was no help announced for company directors, who have not been able to receive income support during the pandemic.

Jonathan Geldart, of the Institute of Directors, said that while the cut to VAT for businesses in the hospitality sector and the job creation schemes were welcome, he had hoped for “broader-based measures” to help companies ride out the crisis, 

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