Ruth Cadbury MP has called on the government to make ‘serious fixes’ to its support scheme for self-employed workers. On Friday the Government announced that it would extent the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) until August for those who are already eligible for the program.
However a number of self-employed workers remain ineligible, including those whose businesses started after April 2019, those who get paid solely through a limited company and those who earn more than £50,000 in profits.
Speaking after the Government’s announcement Ruth said,
‘I’ve had hundreds of self-employed workers across our constituency get in touch with me about the need for urgent support; everybody from driving instructors to music teachers are deeply concerned about the little support that they can access during this difficult time.
While I welcome the Government extending the scheme it’s clear that they still need to make major fixes to this program. I know that so many local self-employed workers still can’t get support; either because they’re a new business, or because they earn their money through a limited company.
It’s through no fault of their own that they’ve been cut out and I know how difficult it has been for them; I have been constantly raising this with Government Ministers but sadly we’ve yet to see any major changes to this program.
With many industries, especially our ever growing digital and creative sectors facing uncertainty about when they can return to work, it’s crucial that the Government steps up and make sure those excluded get the support they need.’’