Chancellor’s speech raises concerns of a ‘cliff-edge’ situation for self-employed

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Although there were many positive measures to boost the economy in the Chancellor’s statement, there was still a lack of help mentioned for the self-employed.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has welcomed measures to boost the economy in the Chancellor’s speech, but there are still concerns about the self-employed.

The IPSE is particularly worried about the SEISS (Self-Employment Income Support Scheme), urging the government to allow a ‘tapered end’ to the scheme to ensure contractors don’t face a ‘cliff-edge’ in August.

Andy Chamberlain, Director of Policy at IPSE, explains further, “Although there were many positive measures to boost the economy in the Chancellor’s statement today, the self-employed were noticeable by their absence.”

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He added, “While the Chancellor has announced a measured and sensible end to the employee furlough scheme in October, freelancers are left to face a cliff-edge in August. Some freelancers relying on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) may benefit from the sectoral support announced today, but many more will not.

“We urge the Chancellor to introduce a tapered end to SEISS to address the clear imbalance between employees and the self-employed. While considering measures to kickstart the economy, we also call on the Chancellor to adopt policies that will back those groups, like limited companies and the newly self-employed, who missed out on support during lockdown.

“Freelancers will be vital in getting the UK back to business, but if they are to play their part, they must get a fair deal and the backing they need from the government.”

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