Stone Speaks up for Self-Employed

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".
He added:
"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".
  1. petition set up by Creative Industries to support freelancers
  2. Letter attached

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