In the spring of 2020 as the world fell under the horrors of COVID-19, life in the UK, as we knew it, came to an end.
In a time when it be rightfully abhorrent to discriminate against anyone due to their sex or race, religious beliefs or any other number of long-since taboo factors, the UK government went out of its way to discriminate against people solely due to their chosen and entirely legal, method of earning a living.
The British government rolled out a series of financial support packages – described as, “Unprecedented” and billionaire Chancellor Rishi Sunak, famously announced that, “No-one will be left behind… or without hope.”
Yet there are three million people who were ‘left behind.’ Imagine going through the entire pandemic with all the worries of ill-health, death, worries for the future but on top of that, be unable and often legally not allowed to work but not receiving any government support whatsoever.
£xcluded Voices is a compilation of accounts of what may well be the last great state act of deliberate discrimination. It's told by the normal, everyday people that were once known as 'the back-bone of the British economy', who faced ever worsening, poverty, debt, homelessness, discrimination, persecution and suicides.
It is to the eternal shame of everyone who decided to ruin three million lives and also those others who were so well supported by the state they chose to look the other way.