Cornwall Liberal Democrats are backing calls on Chancellor, Rishi Sunak to do more to support self-employed people in the UK. Self-employed people and their families are currently set to miss out on wage guarantees announced by government in support of employed workers.
Unless the Chancellor acts, the south west will be especially hard hit as the region has the highest share of self-employed people outside of London.
Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has written to the Chancellor urging him to set up a Self-Employed Income Guarantee.
Self-employed and freelance workers have fewer protections, which is why the Government must guarantee 80% of their average income over the last three years, up to a cap of £35,000.
Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats said,
"The threat the Coronavirus crisis poses to our country is the greatest many of us will have ever experienced. And every day that the government fails to take adequate action to help workers AND the self-employed is another day that millions of people are worrying about how they are going to put food on the table.”
Adam Paynter, the Lib Dem Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council added,
“The south-west and Cornwall in particular are a well-spring of entrepreneurial spirit that help drive our economy. The government response in support of employed individuals has been encouraging, but we must not forget the self-employed and their families who are so crucial to the Cornish economy.