'Support the self-employed', says Shropshire MP

By Mark Andrews | Telford | Business | Published:

A Shropshire MP has called for rapid support to be made available to self-employed and freelance workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Mark Pritchard

Mark Pritchard, MP for The Wrekin, said there were 6,500 self-employed people in his constituency, many in immediate need.

He called on the Government to make a statement as soon as possible outlining what support would be available to them.

While the Government has announced a comprehensive package of support for companies and workers affected by the outbreak, there has so far been no explanation of what support will be available to the self-employeed.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leader of the House of Commons, said he believed a statement from the Government was coming very soon.

"I think the information will be forthcoming," he says.

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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