"It would cost nothing for Government to align the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with use of HMRC's Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool, which aims to fairly pick out the third of freelancers who are "deemed employees".
In the week since that bailout package was announced, the Government has come under increasing pressure to offer similar support for the self-employed. In the mean time, self-employed people can now access universal credit in full (up to £1800 a month for some).
On March 20, Mr Sunak announced an increase in housing benefit to help support tenants through the coronavirus crisis.
A new three-month "self-employed income support scheme" is being developed. He said this would cover 95% of self-employed workers.
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Workers will be able to access the grant no later than June, and it is expected that 95 percent of people who are majority self-employed will be able to benefit from the scheme.
The government says 80% of gross wages in the private sector, up to £2,500 a month, for those not working and who would otherwise have been laid off will be covered by these grants from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Grants will be paid in a single lump sum instalment covering all 3 months, and will start to be paid at the beginning of June.
He said: "And to minimise fraud only those who are already in self-employment who have a tax return for 2019 will be able to apply". More than that, it is only open to those whose self-employed work makes up the majority of their income.
The Chancellor said "it provides an unprecedented level of support for self-employed people".
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"Indeed, the complexity of calculating income for the self-employed will have been an incredibly drawn-out process".
Hilary Benn MP underlined the inconsistency once more yesterday in asking the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the JRS will apply to those deemed to be employed for tax purposes under IR35.
"Ensuring the clear communication of exactly who is eligible for this support, and how they can access it will be vital".
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