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IPSE urges new support for self-employed

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has called on the government to offer new financial support to self-employed people, saying the new package of measures announced by the Chancellor “misses the mark” for those in the sector.

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The new package of measures for businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure is worth £4.6bn

Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out how businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure will receive new grants to help them survive the new national lockdown in England and the devolved nations.

The package of measures is worth £4.6bn across the UK, but the IPSE has raised concerns over how this funding will not be made available to those operating as self-employed.

IPSE has urged the government to work with business groups to plug the gaps in self-employed support and mitigate the impact” of new lockdown measures.

“There’s no doubt the new lockdown measures will have a severe impact on the already struggling self-employed sector; the school closure is also likely to hit self-employed parents particularly hard, cutting into their working week,” IPSE chief executive Derek Cribb says.

We urge the government to work with business groups to plug these gaps and get support to freelancers in need over the coming months

“The new support package, aimed at businesses with premises, misses the mark and will do little to mitigate the financial damage to the self-employed sector.

“After almost a year, there are still drastic gaps in the support available to the self-employed, with over 1.5m sole directors, newly self-employed people and others still excluded.

“We urge the government to work with business groups to plug these gaps and get support to freelancers in need over the coming months. We are keen to work with government to find a solution and make this right.”

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