Wirral MP highlights ‘failure of government’ to support many self-employed people through the coronavirus pandemic

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13 Nov 2020
Margaret Greenwood MP has spoken out in Parliament in support of the 1.6 million self-employed people across the UK who continue to be excluded from government Covid-19 financial support.  

The Wirral West MP asked the government’s business secretary Alok Sharma what he will do to address the failure of government to recognise the huge contribution self-employed people make to the economy and our communities.  

According to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), there are now almost five million solo self-employed people in the UK working entirely on their own account, without employees. IPSE says that they contributed an estimated £305 billion to the UK economy in 2019.  

Recent figures suggest that there are around 80,000 self-employed people living in the Liverpool City Region. 

Margaret Greenwood MP said: 

“The government has excluded large numbers of self-employed people from financial support during the pandemic.  

“For example, people who became self-employed after April 2019 have been particularly badly hit, unable to access any support from the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. On top of that, many newly self-employed people do not have the credit rating to secure a loan. 

“There were huge gaps in government support for self-employed people during the first lockdown, yet, despite numerous warnings, the government has not learned from its mistakes.  

“It is vital the government gets to grips with this and shows that it understands the importance of the self-employed to our economy and our communities.” 

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