DUP Westminster Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Chief Whip Sammy Wilson have written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to support a cross-party call for the Self-Employed Support Scheme to be extended.
The scheme is currently due to end this weekend.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said, “The support packages put in place by HM Government have been a lifeline for millions of people across the United Kingdom, including in Northern Ireland. The Chancellor has also demonstrated a willingness previously to listen to concerns and has adapted and extended schemes following representations from MPs.
The ‘furlough’s scheme has been extended until October, meaning it will continue to provide security for many people as we continue efforts to rebuild the economy and move to a more normal situation. This should be matched by an extension of the self-employed scheme.
Everyone accepts these schemes are an extraordinary but temporary intervention by Government. However, if the self-employed support scheme is cut off this weekend, it will lead to a huge economic shock which could in itself damage the longer-term task of rebuilding the economy post-COVID19.
The Chancellor has listened to arguments before and taken action so I hope again he will see the merits of this case and move quickly to extend this support for self-employed workers in line with the furlough scheme.