Wefan Gymraeg

Give self-employed workers the same support as everyone else

We're calling on the Chancellor to give self-employed workers the support they need to weather the Covid-19 outbreak

By Sebastian Bench, Mar 26, 2020 7:03

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Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has urged Chancellor Rushi Sunak to use his announcement today to increase support for the self-employed so no-one is left worse off self-employed than they would be in employment.

There have been growing calls from across the political spectrum for a package of support for the self-employed that matches support for those in employment.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:

We are seeing unprecedented actions from a Conservative Government, with serious support on offer for firms and workers. However, one group that has fallen through the cracks so far is the self-employed.

The self-employed are an essential part of the Welsh economy and make a vital contribution to their communities. No-one in self-employment should be left worse off than they would be in employment.

By guaranteeing 80% of income not just for workers but also the self-employed, boosting sick pay to £220 a week for everyone, and increasing out of work benefits, we can send a strong signal that we care for everyone in our society.

I urge the Chancellor to act today to give all our self-employed workers across Wales the help they need and deserve.

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