Far North MP, Jamie Stone, has written to the Chancellor asking for more support to be provided to the self-employed during the Coronavirus outbreak.
This was prompted after several of Mr Stone's self-employed constituents raised concerns about their livelihoods during Mr Stone's telephone surgery last Friday.
Mr Stone's letter to the Chancellor coincides with a petition launched by the 'The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed' (IPSE) and the 'Creative Industries Federation', calling on the Government to create an emergency fund for freelancers.
In his letter, Mr Stone explains that the self-employed "may not own the property that they work out of" so "the Government's rate relief proposal does not help in any way".
"The extension of financial assistance via Universal Credit doesn't support the self-employed in the same way that 80% of wages offer helps the employed. If a self-employed person has any additional household income or savings, they will not receive support.
"I very much hope that your officials are looking at this issue as a matter of urgency - ad I sincerely hope the Government will very soon announce measures to support the self-employed".