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Stop excluding newly self-employed from support

Labour has called on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to open his support scheme for the self-employed to the 200,000 people who only have a 2019/20 tax return.

Stop excluding 200,000 newly self-employed from support, Labour demands.

Labour has called on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to open his support scheme for the self-employed to the 200,000 people who only have a 2019/20 tax return.

The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is currently only open to those with a trading profit of less than £50,000 in 2018-19 or an average trading profit of less than £50,000 from 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The Chancellor ruled out support for those who started their own business after 6 April 2019.

Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, says:

“The Chancellor has been ducking gaps in his economic support schemes for almost a year now.

“Two hundred thousand people have been excluded simply because they moved into self-employment in the year before the pandemic.

“Self-employed people are the backbone of the British economy, which is why Labour has called repeatedly for the Chancellor to plug the gaps in his support schemes.

“After the worst recession and worst growth of any major economy, the Chancellor is letting them down.”

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