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Rennie: Give self-employed workers the same support as everyone else.

March 23, 2020 3:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to press the Chancellor to increase support for the self-employed.

Mr Rennie warned that parliamentarians are receiving hundreds of emails per day from people concerned about what Covid-19 will mean for their finances.

Mr Rennie said:

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

"It's clear from the hundreds of constituents who have got in touch that options for the self-employed are just not there.

"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 want all party leaders in Scotland to send a plea to the Chancellor to act for the self-employed."