Self-employed People: Support

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th February 2017.

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Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis Conservative, Banbury 12:00 am, 20th February 2017

What steps the Government are taking to support the self-employed.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

We are building on the success of the new enterprise allowance. From April 2017, eligibility will be extended to include universal credit claimants who are already self-employed.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis Conservative, Banbury

There are 40 new businesses in Banbury currently supported by the new enterprise allowance, with about 100 more going through the developmental stage. Can the Minister reassure us that the programme is not just there to set up new businesses, but to enable them to grow?

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Absolutely. The 40 new businesses in Banbury are a great example of what the NEA can do. In phase 2, we are introducing additional features to continue to promote sustained success in self-employment, including extending the mentoring period and ensuring there is a pre-workshop to outline the responsibilities and realities of being self-employed.