Ruth Cadbury MP
House of Commons
Dear Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP,
The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme is set to come to an end at the start of next week and I have been contacted by a large number of constituents who are extremely worried and concerned that the support they have received through the scheme will now end.
With an estimated 20,000 self-employed workers in the Borough of Hounslow and a large and ever-growing digital, media and creative industry it’s vital that self employed workers can access the support they need.
Many of my constituents have seen work, contracts or projects cancelled and in certain industries such as the performing arts they face uncertainty about when they will be able to return to work. My constituents have told me how difficult it has been to pay the bills, support their families and keep afloat during this difficult time.
Additionally, with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme set to be extended until October many of my constituents are concerned that they are being treated differently and unfairly through no fault of their own.
This comes on top of those who’ve been unable to access the scheme; either because they are newly self-employed, paid solely through dividends or because they earn over the £50,000 profit cap.
Indeed, as you know from my previous correspondence regarding IR35, the Loan Charge and other issues, I remain concerned by the approach taken by the Government to those who are self-employed.
I very much hope that you take into account the strong representations that are being made across all sides of the political spectrum to ensure that self-employed workers in my constituency and across the country can receive both clarity about the future of this scheme, while also getting the support that they need. I look forward to hearing from you.