Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans, is urging the Government to extend income support for self-employed workers as it has done with furlough payments for employees.
From 13 May, millions of self-employed people can claim grants worth 80 per cent of average monthly profit, up to a maximum of £7,500, to cover March, April and May.
But Daisy Cooper is warning that “taxi drivers, hairdressers, cleaners, childcare providers and millions of other self-employed people” are still not getting the help they need.
Her warning follows the announcement this week that the furlough schemes covering nearly a quarter of UK jobs will continue to October.
Daisy Cooper commented:
“The furlough scheme has helped protect jobs and it is something the Liberal Democrats have campaigned to protect. So I am delighted the Government has done just that.
“However, there are still millions of people that need significant help through this challenging period. Some who moved jobs but were not on their new employer’s payroll by mid-March have fallen between the cracks in the system and need much more help.
“The lockdown has also been extremely difficult for many self-employed people. Taxi drivers, hairdressers, cleaners, childcare providers and millions of other self-employed people are still not getting the help they need.
“The Liberal Democrats led the campaign for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, which finally opened this week. But the Government must extend this scheme too. Self-employed people have waited far too long for this support, and they must not see it snatched away too early.”
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