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DUP MP Carla Lockhart has called on the Chancellor to outline his plans for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, which currently offers support for a three-month period.

Carla Lockhart said:

“The Government has taken the very welcome step of providing clarity around the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and that certainty allows businesses and employees to plan and have assurances around support and income over the next number of months.

Similar certainty would need to be given to the self-employed. Currently the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme effectively ends its period of cover in June. This cliff edge is causing huge concern among the thousands of self-employed people across Northern Ireland and the U.K.

What we now need is a statement from the Chancellor that, just like the furlough scheme, a further three months support will be given to the self-employed, some of whom are likely to only be able to return to their jobs at Step 4 or 5 in the NI Executive roadmap to recovery.

I have written to the Chancellor and along with DUP colleagues will be raising this issue in the House. Certainty is needed and it must come soon to alleviate the growing concern amongst our self-employed population.”