Anneliese Dodds responds to Government’s announcement on Self-Employment Support Scheme

Anneliese Dodds MPAnneliese Dodds MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the Government’s announcement that the Self-Employment Support Scheme will be extended, said:

“It is welcome that the government has heeded Labour’s calls for a more gradual introduction of the employer contribution to furlough, the introduction of flexibility within furlough to allow part-time working, and the extension of the self-employed scheme.

“However, it is concerning that there is no commitment within these plans for support to only be scaled back in step with the removal of lockdown. Nor is there any analysis of the impact on unemployment of a ‘one size fits all’ approach being adopted across all sectors.

“The Chancellor must publish the evidence behind these decisions to provide reassurance that his proposals won’t cause an additional spike in unemployment, and an even more difficult economic recovery from this crisis.”

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