Jack Dromey MP has today called on the Government to extend the scope of the financial support they are offering to cover the self-employed.
Currently, the Government support only covers workers who are employees, and not the 5 million people in the UK who are self-employed. The only support available to people who are self-employed is to claim Statutory Sick Pay, which equates to £94.25 per week.
Jack Dromey MP said:
“Clearly the current measures in place to support those who are self-employed through the Coronavirus crisis fall well-short of what is required. While employees get 80% of their wages paid, those who are self-employed are only currently entitled to Statutory Sick Pay of £94.25 per week. This cannot be right.
“I campaigned hard to secure the offer to businesses and workers that was announced on Friday, and I will now work just as hard to secure the future of those who are self-employed. I am calling on the Government to go much further than they have currently and provide a comparative offer to those who are self-employed as they did to workers who are employees.”