On Friday 29th May the Chancellor announced more details about the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
The well-publicised voids in the support previously identified were not rectified and his comments towards the end of the speech were a little condescending; –
“But I do want to acknowledge that we haven’t been able to support everyone in the exact way they would want.
I understand some people have felt frustrated. But you were not and have not been forgotten.
Even if you don’t qualify for the furlough or self-employment schemes, we’ve provided a wide range of support…
…from discounted loans, to tax cuts, mortgage holidays and enhanced welfare.”
I have acknowledged the speed and level of support that has been provided to the majority. It is completely unfair that those who became self employed after 6th April 2019, those who operate limited companies and take small salaries topped up by dividends, and many others have been ignored.