The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak unveiled a package of support for self-employed people unable to work following the outbreak of coronavirus Covid-19. The package will see self-employed workers paid up 80% of lost wages by the Government, capped at £50,000.
But Bira ceo Andrew Goodacre said some members will still be left to struggle because of certain exemptions to the package.
He commented: “I welcome the fact that the Chancellor is committed to providing direct financial support to self-employed retailers. However, many of our members are not sole traders and so a grant based on profit may not work for them, as our members might pay themselves a dividend, which is excluded. We need to understand the detail on this one – as with all the other announcements.”
Bira said it is calling for more transparency and detail over the financial support packages announced in the last fortnight and will ‘#continue to fight for the best deal for small independent retailers’.
Other measures that Bira has successfully campaigned for include: the reduction and subsequent removal of business rates; provision of grants from local authorities; support for employees through the employee protection grant; and hardware stores and health food stores identified an essential services, allowing them to continue trade during UK lock-down.
Bira has also launched a new dedicated coronavirus hub to help members and the wider independent retail community through the crisis. Click here for details.