Tuesday, June 16, 2020

News: MP seeks views from self-employed

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John Healey MP has launched an online survey to ask the self-employed about government support during the pandemic and their future prospects.

The coronavirus crisis has had a big impact on the local economy and stopped many self-employed people from working. In Rotherham and Barnsley, 28,000 people are registered as self-employed.

At the end of May, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a second taxable grant for self-employed workers would be launched in August, but he confirmed this is the final grant of its kind that will be available on the Self-employed Income Support Scheme.

Healey, the MP for Wentworth and Dearne, is concerned that government support for self-employed workers has been lacking and is ending too early. Most help has gone to bigger firms and those in PAYE employment who can access the furlough scheme.

The survey asks local entrepreneurs how Covid-19 has affected their business, what issues they have faced accessing Government funding and what other support they'd like the Government to provide to help see them through.

The survey will run until the end of June, then John will use the results to write a report for the Chancellor ahead of a possible Budget in July.

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John said: "The Government's help for the self-employed is limited and came late in the day.

"Some small business owners who have contacted me have been concerned the most support has been going to bigger companies and people in employment who could go on furlough.

"Sole traders and small businesses are the backbone of our economy. These are the start-ups, the brickies, the plumbers, designers and beauticians that make up our community and generate so much wealth in our local economy.

"I want to know from them how their income has been affected by the coronavirus crisis, and what more the Government could do to help them keep afloat as they come out of lockdown.

"Their livelihoods are vital to their own families, as well as our country's economic recovery.

"I want to make sure it's not just big business that survives Covid-19."

The survey can be taken here.

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2 comments:

Anonymous,  June 16, 2020 at 6:49 PM  

I’m a sole trader / joiner. I went slightly over the £50k and my turnover was £65k, so obviously nowhere near Rishi’s £200k estimate.
Because I’m in the £50k+1p group, I’m not entitled to anything apart from £409pm UC. I’ve only had £818 since the lockdown and it’ll be July before my site opens again. I am now totally in debt and feel discriminated because I worked very hard on pricework and thrown on the scrap heap for doing so, especially as I’ve paid a lot more tax to the country than those who are entitled to grants. Graham Justice

Anonymous,  June 16, 2020 at 8:43 PM  

John,thank you for your support.To cut my long story short,HMRC took my 2018/19 profit of £16,800 twice in their calculations and no matter what I did whether writing in or telephoning them,they were not ready to budge inspite of their own mistake.I finally had to appoint an accountant to sort out which he did and I paid all taxes due.
Now they say I am over the threshold which they dont accept as their own mistake.They wont accept their mistake and I dont have any income coming in.Pathetic HMRC.only good for making sweet deals with multinationals

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