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Self-employed Persons: Financial Support

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:31 pm on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean 12:31 pm, 24th March 2020

I listened carefully to what my right hon. Friend said. He acknowledged that the vast majority of self-employed people were being impacted. If he makes sure that whatever help is given is taxable, we can claw back any money that is overpaid to those who are doing well. However, what self-employed people are looking for is a clear commitment today that whatever scheme is set out is of a similar magnitude to that for employed workers. If the Chief Secretary can say that, it will give people confidence to borrow, knowing that they can pay the money back. That will go a long way towards solving the problem.