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 Wes Streeting Wes Streeting Labour, Ilford North 12:31 pm, 24th March 2020

I have so many self-employed workers in my constituency, including more than 1,000 taxi and private hire drivers. They will understand from what has been said this morning that the Government have good intentions, but they will respond to me that good intentions do not pay their bills. Given that there will be a lag with the new system coming in, what more can the Government do in the meantime, through offsetting tax bills and also encouraging banks to be more generous with free overdraft facilities to help families through this? Let us not forget that we all bailed out the banks when they needed it, so maybe it is time for them to do something now.