IPSE: August SEISS statistics are a reminder of “devastating” gaps in support

IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) has said the latest Self-Employment Income Support Scheme statistics are a reminder that over a million freelancers are not eligible for support. Warning that this is driving a drop in the number of self-employed, IPSE has urged the government to consider ways to support forgotten freelancer groups in the event of a second wave.


Derek Cribb, CEO of IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed): “The August SEISS statistics are a reminder that although the scheme continues to help a large proportion of the self-employed, over a million freelancers – including directors of limited companies and the newly self-employed – are not eligible for it. This is a stark omission that is devastating to hard working self-employed people across the UK.

“We are already seeing the consequences of the gaps in support in the steep drop in the number of self-employed people last quarter. A second grant opened earlier this week, still without even a nod to these forgotten groups, who now face yet more months with no support. With the threat of a second wave and further lockdowns looming, government must urgently consider ways to support these desperate forgotten freelancers.”

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