The IPSE has criticised the government’s ‘narrow’ self-isolation exemptions list saying it fails to take working situations into account, leaving contractors at risk of losing income in the coming weeks.
From 16th August, those who have had both vaccine doses will not be required to isolate, however, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), it’s calling for the government to bring this date forward and expand the list of exempt industries in order to protect double-vaccination contractors.
Derek Cribb, CEO of IPSE, explained, “The government’s narrow self-isolation exemptions list yet again leaves freelancers and the self-employed in the lurch. Although it is understandable that government has focused on critical industries, it has failed to account for people’s working conditions and the fact that for many self-employed people, being told to isolate can be a financial catastrophe.”
Cribb added, “From plumbers to construction workers, many of the UK’s self-employed cannot work from home: isolation can therefore mean up to 10 days of lost earnings and delays to projects. Freelancers have felt the worst of the financial impact of the pandemic – especially the up to one million who were left entirely without support. For many of them, therefore, the fact that government has let them fall through the cracks again will be a serious blow.
“We urge the government to consider the damage the enormous and growing number of self-isolation orders is doing to many self-employed people. If it cannot bring the test and release system forward, we urge the government to extend the list of exemptions for double vaccinated people to include self-employed-dominated industries such as construction and business trades.”
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