Thousands of self-employed Pendle folk helped during pandemic

New statistics showing the scale of Government support to self-employed workers in Pendle have been welcomed by local MP Andrew Stephenson.

Monday, 21st September 2020, 11:58 am

Some 3,000 self-employed people in Pendle have accessed £5.9m. 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 Pendle’s self-employed workers through the first grant – worth £8.7m.

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

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson

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.

Mr Stephenson said: “I know this year has been hugely challenging for self-employed workers in Pendle, 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.”