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Self-employed: Government Assistance

Question for Treasury

UIN 71810, tabled on 9 July 2020

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people working on self-employed PAYE conditions who are not eligible for (a) the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and (b) the Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

Answered on

16 July 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer regularly meets with parliamentary colleagues and has answered questions on this issue in the House.

The Government has recently announced further measures as part of the comprehensive economic response, taking unprecedented steps to support families, businesses and the most vulnerable. The fiscal response so far totals £160bn.

As well as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), this package includes a comprehensive set of Government-backed loans and grants to businesses, tax deferrals, rental support and mortgage and consumer credit holidays.

This package also includes extra funding for the welfare safety net, in order to help those unable to access other forms of support to get through the coronavirus outbreak. The temporary welfare measures include increases to Universal Credit and Local Housing Allowance, a relaxation of the Universal Credit minimum income floor and making Statutory Sick Pay easier to access.

The Government’s Plan for Jobs will support, protect and create jobs. This plan will make available up to £30bn to help kickstart the nation’s economic recovery ahead of a fuller package of medium-term recovery measures in the forthcoming Autumn Budget and Spending Review.

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