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More action needed to help self-employed, urges Treasury Committee

24 March 2020

Following last week’s evidence session, Rt Hon. Mel Stride MP, Chair of the Treasury Committee, writes to Rt Hon. Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to request further information on the Government’s financial response to coronavirus.

The Committee has requested information on a range of subjects including employment support measures, poverty alleviation, NHS funding, additional funding, communication, charities, local authorities, regional impacts, insurance, Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF), and public sector finances.

Chair's comments

Commenting on the correspondence, Mr Stride said:

“The Treasury Committee has issued a call for evidence on whether the Government’s financial response to coronavirus is sufficient, and if there are areas where more support is needed.

“We have received over 14,000 responses, mostly on issues relating to self-employment, from people who work in a wide variety of professions, including childminders, taxi drivers and hairdressers.

“This is clearly an area where further action is needed by the Government. I’ve asked the Chancellor what additional support will be given to the self-employed, as well as a number of other key questions around additional NHS funding, how the Government will communicate rapidly and effectively with businesses to make them aware of the available assistance, and how the Government will be supporting charities.”

Further information

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