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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed the steps taken by the Scottish Government’s Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop and Finance Secretary Kate Forbes in writing to UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for the Jobs Retention Scheme announced last week to be expanded to include the self-employed.

Ms Cunningham said:

“The self-employed are one sector who are in grave danger of being overlooked in all the packages of support that have been so far been forthcoming to help preserve jobs and maintain incomes during these very difficult and unusual times.
“The steps that have so far been taken are, of course, very welcome indeed but self-employed people must not be abandoned.  Indeed, without the financial backing of an employer, they are particularly vulnerable. If a self-employed person cannot work they do not get paid, it is as simple as that.

“I am very pleased that my Scottish Government colleagues, Fiona Hyslop and Kate Forbes, have taken the case for the self-employed to the UK Chancellor so vociferously, demanding that there be more support for self-employed workers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

“They also called for changes to the rules so that more people who are self-isolating can access statutory sick pay.

“These are unprecedented times and not every issue can be foreseen but when a gap in provision becomes apparent we must be able to take what steps we can to close that gap and ensure that no-one slips through.”

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NOTE: The text of the letter to the UK Chancellor, along with comments from Ms Hyslop and Ms Forbes, is available here:,scottish-government-calls-for-more-support-for-selfemployed_15274.htm

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