Covid-19: Support for Self-employed People

Part of Treasury – in the House of Commons on 27th April 2021.

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Photo of James Murray James Murray Shadow Financial Secretary (Treasury)

In a recent letter to me, the Financial Secretary admitted that 710,000 freelancers who receive a portion of their income from dividends have missed out on covid support schemes. He recognised that most people are honest in their dealings with HMRC, but said that concerns over fraud meant

“it has not been possible to support everyone in the way they might want”.

The Government have had a year to put in place a process with adequate safeguards. Why have they given up?