CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak today announced a support package for many self-employed people across the country.
The Government will provide grants of up to £2,500 a month, to be paid in a single lump sum, although this will not begin to arrive until June at the earliest.
The Chanellor claimed that 95% of people who earn most of their income as self-employed would be covered.
The Government has weathered repeated calls to provide for self-employed workers since it announced plans for 80% wage subsidies for staff kept on by employers last week.
Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, welcomed the news saying: “Construction workers across the country will now be taking a collective sigh of relief knowing they will now be protected in the sme way that employees will be if they lose work due to COVID-19.
"I am delighted that the Chancellor has heeded our calls to be generous with his offer to the self-employed, who make up almost 40% of those working in the construction industry. Building companies will now also be able to close sites to protect workers and public health without having to worry about the losses faced by self-employed workers on those sites.
"We now urge the Treasury and HMRC to ensure that all support packages are up and running as soon as physically possible.”