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Worry for Aylesbury's self employed

Self-employed and freelancers are waiting for advice and support from government.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 2:55pm 25th March 2020. (Updated at 7:04pm 25th March 2020) 3-minute read.

Worry for Aylesbury's self employed

Aylesbury's self employed workers are still waiting on supportive measures from the government. 

Nearly 20,000 of Aylesbury Vale's self-employed workers are waiting to see if they will get government support through the coronavirus crisis, figures suggest.

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the Treasury is “determined to find a way to support” those who work for themselves.

But the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed has warned that any new measures “must leave no self-employed people behind”.

Office for National Statistics figures show an estimated 19,200 people aged 16 or over in the area were self-employed in the year to September – 18.7% of all those in work.

Sadie Walden runs SW Training a personal training business, and worked at a commercial gym in Aylesbury town centre which following government directions closed on Friday:

"As a self employed personal trainer when the gyms shut it just meant we had no idea what was happening with pay and our clients. There has been a lot of uncertainty about how we proceed going forward.

"There has been a lot of measures announced for small businesses and employers, but nothing for the self employed and freelancers. 

"We are entitled to universal credit but that is extremely complicated and I myself have tried to get in contact with them for several days now with no luck."

 

Ryan Barnett, economic policy adviser at IPSE, said:

“Although the Government has announced an unprecedented support package for employees, it has so far left the self-employed trailing far behind.

“The self-employed sector contributes £305 billion to the economy every year. It deserves much better than this.”

Today Boris Johnson said there will be further help for the self-employed announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak tomorrow.

Sadie told Mix96 that this support can't come soon enough:

"Bills still need to be paid... Rent still needs to be paid. I think when something is in place or we know something detailed is coming we will feel a lot more secure. 

"I am incredibly lucky in a way. I have some great clients who are sticking with me at this time but it is stressful. That won't tide me over completely until the gyms reopen. I hate to think about the self employed and freelancers who can't work at all.

"It is completely heartbreaking to watch a business you have built up disappear."

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