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Budget hides yet another sleight of hand for self-employed workers

3 March 2021

In the Budget the Chancellor claimed the SEISS would run to September. In fact the final grant of the SEISS only provides 3 months’ worth of support, stretched over 5 months. Meaning the scheme effectively ends in July.

General Secretary of Prospect Mike Clancy, said:

“This Budget hides yet another sleight of hand for self-employed workers.

“Despite promising to help freelancers, today’s announcement means that financial help for self-employed workers will run out two months before support to employees.

“Throughout the crisis the self-employed have been treated as second class citizens, and this Budget continues that approach with less support, more red tape, and the continued exclusion of many thousands.

“Fully backing the self-employed is not only a moral imperative, it makes sound economic sense to secure the recovery. Unfortunately in this Budget the Chancellor has given with one hand and taken away with the other.”


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