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Ed Davey asks for more help for self-employed people during Coronavirus pandemic

March 25, 2020 11:31 AM

mmmmmmm (matt walker)The Chancellor has announced unprecedented levels of support for British business in the last few days. However, one group of people are not getting what they need to survive.
Self-employed people have been told that they can claim for Universal Credit at the rate of SSP, which would give them a derisory £94 per week.


Today Ed Davey called on Rishi Sunak to do much more to give our self-employed friends and neighbours, the people who clean our homes, cut our hair, walk our dogs and do so much to make our lives easier.

The Liberal Democrats have put down amendments to the Government's coronavirus legislation to support the self-employed. They are:


INCREASING THE WEEKLY RATE OF STATUTORY SICK PAY FROM £94.25 TO £220


GUARANTEEING 80% OF SELF-EMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS' EARNINGS, UP TO £35,000


By subsidising salaries for workers, guaranteeing incomes for the self-employed and boosting sick pay we can ensure that we are not only protecting our economy, but our society. That is why we are also urging the Chancellor to back a Citizen's Income, and quickly, to ensure those most in need have financial security.


Leaving self-employed people with no reliable safety net is unacceptable.


While assisting the self-employed does create more challenges than with PAYE employees, the Government must surely err on the side of caution and get help out to people, rather than find reasons and excuses for doing nothing, or too little.


There are clear gaps in what the Chancellor has announced and the Liberal Democrats will continue to push for these measures to be taken forward so that no-one gets forgotten as this crisis continues.