Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has joined a cross-party letter to the Chancellor including over 100 MPs, asking that the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) be extended. In the letter MPs welcome the support given to date, but note that while the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is confirmed to continue until November, SEISS is currently scheduled to end this weekend. The scheme has so far supported over 2 million self-employed workers, with claims so far to the value of £6bn.
Mr Carmichael said:
“I am glad to be part of this campaign to the Chancellor to extend self-employed support. SEISS is not perfect but has been a necessary support measure keeping self-employed people afloat during this challenging time.
“Every day I hear from constituents who are concerned about their financial situation due to coronavirus. Many are reliant on SEISS and many more have been unable to access it due to gaps in the measures. We should be expanding its application, not ending the scheme.”
“That over 100 MPs from all political persuasions believe that the scheme must be extended should give the Chancellor pause before he allows it to lapse. With SEISS due to end this weekend we need clarity urgently from the government.”