Welcoming measures outlined by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to support the self-employed and sole traders whose businesses have been affected by Coronavirus, NI Chamber President Ian Henry said:
“The Chancellor’s announcement offers a lifeline to the vast majority of self-employed people, many of whom have seen their livelihoods vanish overnight.
“I have personally heard from many sole traders and self-employed people throughout this week, and NI Chamber along with other business groups have worked constructively with government to ensure the self-employed receive similar support to those who are employed through PAYE.
“Whilst it is not perfect, and won’t deliver for everyone, we welcome the scale of this scheme and recognise the complexities involved in its design. It is now critical that the government delivers this practical support as soon as possible.”