Self-employed in the UK? - The Guardian
The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, said on Friday he will “strengthen the safety net for those who work for themselves” with a package of measures to support the self-employed and freelancers, offering improved benefits and tax deferrals.
But there is mounting anger among the self-employed over what they see as insufficient support in the emergency measures announced on Friday evening.
The self-employed will gain access to the equivalent of statutory sick pay, and will be given tax deferrals, but are not part of the 80% earnings pledge.
The Federation of Small Businesses said: “The question at this point is – with firms being forced to close – why have the self-employed been excluded from the commitment to pay 80% of earnings?
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