West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has raised concerns with the Chancellor about support provided to self-employed during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Since the outbreak, many self employed people have found themselves unsure where they stand with government financial support, particularly as they have been advised, requested to or forced to stop operating.
Those who have been able to continue operating in their respective industry, have also had to make difficult decisions if they have staff, and face decreasing custom.
Self employed and even SME and large businesses have also struggled to understand what support they will receive to ensure employees are able to receive some pay and how or when business can access this funding, despite the Ministerial announcements.
Constituents have raised their concerns with MP Rosie, who has written directly to the Chancellor seeking his support for the self employed, she said:
“We all accept the fast moving nature of the Coronavirus pandemic and that Government is trying to come up with solutions to the many different issues it is causing for people.
“The Chancellor has made numerous announcements about sick pay and support for businesses, but some constituents of mine who are self employed remain unclear whether they will be supported or not, or how to access support.
“Indeed even larger businesses are contacting me concerned that they are receiving no advice or direction from Government on how, where or when to access emergency funding to keep staff on wages, that the Chancellor and Prime Minister have spoken about.
“In one instance, a self employed constituent who doesn’t qualify for Statutory Sick Pay, was advised to seek Universal Credit and that they wouldn’t be required to attend a jobcentre, but was then told by the jobcentre that he would have to attend!
“While it is a moving feast, we need to be clear on how Government announcements and legislation are filtered through the channels to ensure the operational and frontline staff are provided with the up to date and accurate information to support residents.
“I have written to the Chancellor outlining these issues and seeking urgent support for my constituent and the thousands of others who will similarly be affected.”