Help achieve fair support for Childminder’s amid coronavirus outbreak

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During the coronavirus outbreak, Childminder’s have been told, by government to close their business to help prevent the spread . Yet we have NOT been offered sufficient compensation . We have been insulted with a possible £97 per week .

We can care for key worker children only . Meaning in most cases, a very drastic reduction in our wages (some loose their income altogether )

The government will continue to pay funding for funded children (which is only £3.86 an hour anyway, so already underfunded) but not all minders have funded children anyway and so many rely solely on their private paying families .

The government is giving employed people 80% of their wages paid . Which is great, but We are being offered to claim for universal credit and if eligible ,will receive, the equivalent of ssp per week (£96!) 

We are NOT eligible for ANY of the grants available for self employed people as we don’t get small business rate relief &/or are not in the leisure industry .

On top of this, many of us are with a large childcare insurance company , who ARE NOT paying us for loss of earnings or business interruption for Covid-19.

We are professionals who are Dbs checked , pay to be registered  with Ofsted, pay to be kept up to date with regular training, and help keep the economy going by offering families affordable quality childcare solutions, allowing them to work, On my last inspection I was awarded outstanding from OFSTED, my business is my pride and joy , yet the lack of support from the government is driving thousands of us ,out of business, It is not only grossly unfair, that we are this undervalued , but equally short sighted of the government, as, when this is all over , there will be a huge shortage of childcare, meaning less people will be able to return to work . 

On a personal note, I have 14 families I look after , right now I am only allowed to care for 3 and only for a couple of days a week instead of full time & have an assistant to pay for - £96 (possibly ) from the government is an INSULT! 

Please help us, get this to Parliament , we just want fair compensation, for our businesses being forced to close . 
Thanks in advance for your support . 
Sarah x