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25/03/2020

Self-employed need more support during coronavirus crisis, says RTPI

Words: Laura Edgar
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RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has urged the government to expedite plans to support self-employed workers in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Writing to chancellor Rishi Sunak, Hills explained that many of the institute’s self-employed members have already been affected by Covid-19.

Although the help he has already outlined for the economy is welcome, protection for the self-employed must be dealt with “urgently”, she said.

“The RTPI is working closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to establish as much business continuity as possible for the sector, but we recognise that this will not be enough for many of our self-employed members, many of whom are facing the possibility of severe hardship.

“While we welcome the measures you have introduced for the self-employed to date, notably pushing back of the deadline for filing self-assessment tax returns and scrapping the minimum income threshold for benefit claims, these measures by themselves do not provide sufficient protection.”

Deirdre Wells, chair of the RTPI’s Independent Consultants’ Network (ICN), added: “Self-employed members are not wealthy and are largely unprepared for the imminent situation they face.

“Many are currently dealing with a complete and imminent cessation of income right now.”
The RTPI has a membership of 25,000, 

About10 per cent of the RTPI’s 25,000 members are thought to be self-employed.

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