A coronavirus bailout for the self-employed is released by the chancellor after pressure from deputies, but the documents could only go to one in three of the five million people who work for themselves.
Rishi Sunak will announce an emergency kit at Boris Johnson’s daily press conference on Downing Street, promising to help groups such as builders, taxi drivers, hairdressers and childminders.
But while he promises to match 80% of the earnings he promised employees last Friday, the monthly cap will likely be less than £ 2,500 in this coronavirus scheme, as many self-employed workers pay less tax .
And it’s likely that only around 1.7 million, one-third of the self-employed in the UK, will be eligible, excluding those with separate incomes as company employees and those who benefit universal credit – already promised help.
MEPs were warned that the aid package for the self-employed is very complicated. And Treasury officials worked all night in a race against the clock to complete preparations for its launch at Downing Street.
In the House of Commons Tuesday, Sunak – ready to unveil his second massive state bailout for workers in less than a week – told MEPs: “We will not be able to protect every job or save every business. “
And to Prime Minister’s questions, under pressure from MPs from all parties, Johnson admitted: “I cannot, frankly, promise that we will be able to get through this crisis without any sort of difficulty.”
Later, at his last press conference in Downing Street, the Prime Minister revealed: “You will hear from Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, tomorrow about what we are doing to help the self-employed.”
He added: “I think people understand that the complexity of their working methods made it more difficult to develop the adapted program and that will be done tomorrow.”
At PMQ, Mr. Johnson promised MPs, “We will do everything we can to support the self-employed, just as we put our arms around every employee in this country.”
Pressed by SNP leader Ian Blackford, Mr. Johnson promised “support parity” for the self-employed, matching the grants announced by the Chancellor last week for employees.
“There are particular challenges with those who do not participate in the PAYE plans,” said Mr. Johnson. “We are proposing a set of measures to guarantee everyone the support they need.”
Attacking behind schedule, Jeremy Corbyn challenged Prime Minister: “Self-employed workers have to choose between going to work or staying at home and facing the loss of all their livelihoods, instead relying on an overburdened welfare system, which could pay as little as £ 94 per week.
“A self-employed worker said he had to pay for baby food, rent, municipal taxes and insurance for the car he used for work, faced with a decision to feed your family and pay your bills, or stay at home and not paid. “
“Why has it taken the Prime Minister so long to guarantee income for all self-employed workers? There are millions – our economy has changed.”
Later, in his last speech in the House of Commons as a phantom chancellor, John McDonnell told members of the House: “If people make fraudulent claims while working, they will be rightly prosecuted.
“But today, millions of taxi drivers, childminders, plumbers, electricians, painters, decorators and actors have all lost their jobs or closed their businesses.
“Just like the builders, designated as self-employed under the construction industry program and they have no income. They need a solution, now.”
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And in the final minutes before the Commons recess for Easter, Labor and SNP MPs protested angrily against the Chancellor preparing to unveil his package when Parliament was no longer in session.
But the leader of the Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, told the deputies: “I have been informed that this is a complicated package which is not in fact ready to be announced today. it had been ready today, it would have been presented today.
“The government wishes to continue this announcement, which will provide support and comfort to a large number of self-employed workers.
“There is no discouragement in the House. It is under preparation as soon as possible, but it is not yet ready. The plans have not been completed.
“What has been announced, and what the Prime Minister announced at his press conference, is that the plans will be announced tomorrow and will be completed in time for tomorrow’s press conference.”