Government must extend support scheme to protect local jobs, Hinckley Lib Dems warn
Acting leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey MP, who is asking the public to join the Party's campaign to protect workers, warned that the Government must not "undo the work and threaten mass unemployment."
Hinckley Liberal Democrat Borough and County Councillor Michael Mullaney said "Many, many working people in Hinckley and Bosworth have benefitted from these support schemes. According to government statistics published this week, 17,700 people in Hinckley and Bosworth have benefited from the job retention scheme.
"Government statistics also show a further 4,100 people in Hinckley and Bosworth are receiving financial support through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, following a successful campaign by the Liberal Democrats."
However, the Party has warned some of the worst hit are the country's self-employed workers, three million of whom are still not covered by government support.
Acting leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey MP said:
"It is clear that the job retention scheme has helped stem the tide of job losses. The Chancellor must not undo the work and threaten mass unemployment by ending the scheme before it is safe to do so.
"Instead, now is the time to extend support to those wrongly excluded and for Ministers to deliver a Green Recovery Plan that will create millions of jobs, keep people in work and tackle climate change."
Hinckley Councillor Michael Mullaney added:
"We have all heard countless heart-breaking stories about people who lost their livelihoods overnight as a result of the coronavirus crisis, including here in Hinckley and Bosworth.
"It is simply unacceptable so many people in need are excluded from support for unjust reasons. The Government should listen to Liberal Democrat plans to protect jobs and ensure no one is left behind."
The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Chancellor to expand the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to include:
- The 150,000+ people who became self-employed since April 2019.
- Those who are registered as limited companies.
- Freelancers who got more than 50% of their earnings through employment.
The Liberal Democrats are urging people to support their campaign here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/protect-jobs