Far North MP, Jamie Stone, has signed two parliamentary motions to support self-employed workers in the UK amidst the Coronavirus crisis. This follows Mr Stone's letter to Chancellor earlier this week, asking for more support to be provided to the self-employed.
Fellow Liberal Democrat MP, Tim Farron, and Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian, have both tabled early day motions in the House of Commons today in support of the Federation of Small Businesses’ #ThinkSelfEmployed campaign, which raises awareness of the current lack of provision for self-employed workers.
After signing the motions, Mr Stone said:
"The Government really must do more to support the self-employed. I am prepared to continue working cross-party in order to ensure that the self-employed are not left behind.
"My colleague, Tim Farron, has come up with a great idea to create a Self-Employed Income Guarantee. MPs need to keep working together and share these practical suggestions with the Government. They have been really collaborative thus far, so I am hopeful that they take up these suggestions and bring in the changes that self-employed people so desperately need.
"I will continue to do whatever I can to keep the pressure up and deliver for my constituents."
- Text of Tim Farron MP's EDM:https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/56788/support-for-the-selfemployed
That this House commends the Government’s measures to support businesses and employees during the covid-19 outbreak; notes however that those measures still leave the country’s 5 million self-employed people with no reliable safety net; further notes that one in four people in South Lakeland is self-employed; recognises that each day the Government fails to act many of those people get closer to having irreparable damage inflicted on their livelihoods; and calls on the Government to create a Self-Employed Income Guarantee that will be effective immediately with the Government guaranteeing self-employed people 80 per cent of their average incomes over the last three years up to a cap of £35,000.
- Text of Owen Thompson MP's EDM: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/56787/covid19-and-support-for-selfemployed-people
That this House recognises that there are over 4.9 million self-employed workers in the UK contributing over £275 billion to the UK economy; welcomes the Federation of Small Businesses’ #ThinkSelfEmployed campaign to raise awareness of the current lack of provision for these workers in the Government’s fiscal package to tackle the economic effects of the covid-19 pandemic; commends those self-employed people who have taken part in the #ThinkSelfEmployed campaign to make their needs known to the Government; welcomes the Chief Secretary to the Treasury’s pledge to the self-employed that help is coming; recognises however that many self-employed workers are already out of pocket and that the utmost urgency is therefore required in the Government’s response; calls on the Government to give a degree of certainty to the self-employed on when this help will come; and further calls on the Government to heed the calls from the Scottish Cabinet Secretaries for Finance and for Economy, Fair Work and Culture to expand the jobs retention scheme to cover the self-employed and widen access to statutory sick pay to the self-employed.