by willforster on 15 July, 2020
The Lib Dems are urging the Government to continue furlough support until it is safe to do so and extend support to those who have so far been excluded by the Government.
Acting Leader of the Lib Dems Ed Davey MP, who is asking the public to join his campaign to protect workers, warned the “pandemic hasn’t affected everyone equally” and called for the Government to do more.
According to Government statistics published this week, 15,000 people in Woking have benefited from the job retention scheme. Government statistics also show a further 4,400 people in Woking are receiving financial support through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, following a successful campaign by the Lib Dems.
However, the Party has warned some of the worst hit are the country’s self-employed workers, three million of which are still not covered by Government support.
The Coronavirus crisis is leaving thousands of families facing financial uncertainty. We must recognise the pandemic hasn’t affected everyone equally. Ministers must resolve the gaps in their plans by helping those who recently became self-employed by expanding the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
We have all heard too many heart-breaking stories from those who have lost their livelihoods overnight as a result of the coronavirus crisis, including people here in Woking. It is simply unacceptable so many people in need are excluded from support for entirely arbitrary reasons. The Government should listen to Lib Dems plans to protect jobs and ensure no one is left behind.Leave a comment