Analysis of figures released by the Office of National Statistics this morning shows that over 150,000 self-employed people are not eligible for the Government’s self-employment income support scheme (SEISS). Layla Moran MP has termed this a ‘black hole,’ and has urged the Government to act.
3% of all self-employed people in the UK have become continuously self-employed since April 2019. This means 150,900 people who are self-employed will struggle to get extra support during the crisis. Currently, 5.03 million people are classed as self-employed according to figures released by the ONS in March.
Layla has called for the Government to consider Universal Basic Income or create a new specific scheme for these 150,900 people to make sure no-one falls through the cracks during the pandemic.
Lib Dem MP Layla Moran commented:
“My analysis has exposed that over 150,000 self-employed people are not eligible for the help they may desperately need at this time of turmoil. They have fallen into a Government-created black hole, with no guidance on how to get out.
“Millions of self-employed people are waiting anxiously and counting down the days until June, when the Government will make long-overdue payments to those in need. But, over 150,000 self-employed people cannot even access that help.
“The Government must look again at a Universal Basic Income, which would prevent vulnerable groups, like the recently self-employed, from falling through the gaps. If they will not consider UBI, the Government must come forward with a new scheme for the 150,000 self-employed who are being left out in the cold.
“The self-employed are the backbone of our economy. We have to protect them, their families, and their businesses, and keep these vital skills in the economy.”