FSB encouraged

Johnson in pledge to ‘stand behind’ self-employed

Mike Cherry

Mike Cherry: ‘business owners face a crunch point’

More help is expected for Britain’s five million self-employed amid concern that they have been overlooked in the government’s package of support to cope with the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today said the government would be “standing behind” the self-employed as the crisis intensified.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick added that the government was looking at ways to overcome technical challenges relating to supporting self-employed people.

“It is more complicated for the self-employed than it is for employees,” he told Sky News, “but if we need to do more, we will do it and the chancellor is keeping this under review.”

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