Mother describes 'holding back tears' with no financial support during Covid-19 pandemic

Watch: Michael Billington reports on the financial struggles of individuals who have been unable to access government support during the pandemic.


Millions of people claim they have been left without financial support during the coronavirus pandemic, with work drying up as a result of the lockdown.

Many people have turned to draining their savings and spending on credit cards just to pay bills and buy food.

Hannah Ruddy from Harrogate works as a music teacher in nurseries. But as the coronavirus pandemic hit, her work dried up and she says she's been unable to receive any government support.

There have been some very dark days during this whole thing where you're trying to home school your six-year-old, you're trying to entertain your four-year-old and you're holding back tears and you don't want to frighten them anymore, you don't want to show them how scared you are for your business, for your household, for your income, for their future.

Hannah Ruddy, Music Teacher

When Chancellor Rishi Sunak first set out his plan to rescue the economy from the effects of the pandemic he said "no one will be left behind."

Hannah works as a music teacher in nurseries Credit: ITV Yorkshire

But Hannah is one of three million people which the group Excluded UK claims are missing out on government support. On Wednesday 15 July people travelled to London to hand in a petition, calling on the Treasury to help those excluded from support.

Spike Griffin from Leeds has been on unpaid leave during the pandemic. He has been using his savings and credit cards to get by.

We're not asking for a lot, just a little bit to push us into the black again so that when we come round from this and we're back again working full time we've not got a massive saddle of debt that we're going to have to try and pay back while we're then going to try and pay the country's debt back.

Spike Griffin