Ruth Cadbury MP on government support for self-employed workers

Ruth Cadbury MP has welcomed the announcement of support for self-employed people announced by the Chancellor last week, but also called for urgent clarity for those not covered by the schemes announced.

In a package of support announced last Thursday the Government agreed to pay 80% of profits for self-employed individuals- up to the value of £2,500 per month. However, this would only apply to self employed workers who earn less than £50,000 and those who receive payment as an income- rather than solely as a dividend through a private limited company.

Speaking after this announcement Ruth Cadbury MP said,

''With over 20,000 self-employed workers in Hounslow I know how important it is that the Government steps in to support them during this difficult time. Over the last two weeks I've heard so many moving stories about people who've been unable to work and it is essential that they get the support they deserve.

That's why I'm pleased that the Chancellor listened to self-employed workers, trade unions and others who were pushing for a comprehensive package of support.

However I also know that we also need more clarity and more support for those not covered by the schemes.

These include people who started their business after April 2019 who are ineligible to claim. Many have put so much into setting up; from re-mortgaging their homes, losing income and ploughing their savings in - they will have nothing to show now;  and I believe that they should receive support from the government.

Equally I am concerned that self-employed people who get paid through dividends will not be covered.

Even those people who are covered by the announcements face a long wait for payments, now not expected until early June. This will mean that self-employed people will be reliant on Universal Credit to pay rent, buy food, and support their families.

The Government need to fix Universal Credit urgently by ending the 5 week wait for payments, lifting the cap on payments and rapidly increasing the processing of applications.

I will be writing to the Chancellor to raise these serious issues and I will keep working hard throughout this difficult time to ensure that everyone has the support that they need.''