23 September 2020
Support for Self-Employed

New statistics showing the huge Government support to self-employed workers in North West Leicestershire have been welcomed by local MP Andrew Bridgen.

2,700 self-employed people in North West Leicestershire have accessed 6,900,000 worth of Government grants through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’s second tranche. These grants do not need to be paid back and will help to cover lost earnings.

This is in addition to the support given to self-employed workers through the first grant – worth 10,300,000 in North West Leicestershire.

Self-employed people have had six months of income support during the coronavirus pandemic – one of the most generous schemes in the world.

  • A first grant, covering up to 80 per cent of average monthly profits was made available for March-May
  • There has been a second grant covering up to 70 per cent of average monthly profits, available for June-August. 

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Conservative Government has provided a huge and unprecedented package of economic support to protect both lives and livelihoods – worth more than £160 billion.

Commenting, Andrew Bridgen MP said:

“I know this year has been hugely challenging for self-employed workers in North West Leicestershire, and these latest figures demonstrate the scale of support that the Conservative Government has put in place to support their livelihoods.

“Never has the Conservatives’ agenda to level up the whole county been so important – giving our entrepreneurs the confidence they need as they look ahead to the future.”