Mind the gap – too many people are falling between the cracks in government support packages

Ahead of a ministerial statement on the economy in the House of Commons today, the Liberal Democrats are urging the Government to "urgently resolve the gaps" in their economic response to Covid-19.

  • The Coronavirus crisis is leaving the most vulnerable at risk. Thousands of families will face financial hardship and people are rightly worried about their loved ones.
  • While we saw government step in to stabilise banks in 2008, we have not seen the same comprehensive package of help for the self-employed. The Government must urgently resolve the gaps in their economic package.

Alongside a much larger package of support for charities and voluntary organisations, Liberal Democrats are seeking a commitment to introduce self-employment income support and an urgent fix to the business loans scheme, so small businesses can access the finance they need. 

Adam Paynter, Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council said,  

“The Lib Dems on Cornwall Council welcome the financial support given by the government during this difficult period. Cornwall Council have been quick to pay business support grants, allocating £185 in just 10 ten days to businesses in need. But Cornwall thrives on the many small business that operate from homes rather than offices and many small business people are missing out on support given thus far. 

“It is good that the Prime Minister is healthy and back to work, but now we would like to see these gaps in funding addressed and the business playing field leveled up across Cornwall.” 

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