“An 80% grant for the self-employed is a welcome measure. However, after days of anxious uncertainty, there are still many unanswered questions for people who are already struggling to put food on the table and look after their families. Having to wait until early June does not give self-employed people parity with those in full-time work.
“This is a huge missed opportunity to introduce an emergency Universal Basic Income, which I have been calling for over the last two weeks. Instead of making people nervously wait while they implement a complicated system, the Government could be making a fixed and regular payment to all.”