Coronavirus and the Self Employed

A MESSAGE TO THE SELF EMPLOYED
 
To all my self employed constituents and friends I really do understand your concerns. I am speaking to my ministerial colleagues daily and passing on all of my constituent’s concerns so that they can be considered amongst national strategy plans. As you I’m sure you are aware there are a huge number of people with the same concerns and I am doing what I can to ensure that the Government is supporting everybody who is impacting by COVID-19 in any direct or indirect way. 
 
I know that my colleagues in the Treasury are working round the clock to support everybody who is going to need financial support through this national emergency. 

**The Government are listening to concerns, particularly from those who are self-employed**

 and I know that more information is due to be released this week about how are going to provide as much support as we possibly can. We need to get the numbers right and will do whatever it takes to get our families, businesses and our economy through this. 

We have got to take the appropriate measures at the right times to ensure that we protect our population and reduce the strain on our NHS.
 
All information about businesses, employers, employees and financial support through this crisis will be updated at the following page:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-bu…
 
I appreciate that the uncertainty is frustrating, but I want to, again, reassure you that we are working as fast as we can to support you.

Whilst I know that not all of the following links will be relevant to you, I want to make sure anybody who I speak to over the coming weeks is able to also provide support to their family, friends and communities by having access to up-to-date information and advice. 

We know that the virus will be with us for some time, so it is extremely important that we all work together and follow Government advice to support those in our families and communities who are most at risk.
 
⌨️It is now essential for you to stay at home. All guidance about staying at home and staying away from others can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-…
 
I know that you would have heard this many times now, but it is very important that you continue to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, using soap and water each time. 
 
If you have any concerns about your own health or symptoms, please call 111. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.👈
 
All up to date Government advice about COVID-19 can be found on this webpage:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
 
If you are a UK national abroad, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office can help you on (+44) 207 008 1500, or contact the embassy in the relevant country. All up to date travel advice for each country can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Guidance about maintaining school provisions for children of key workers: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintai…
 
School closure hotline: 0800 046 8687
 
Business support and ventilator hotline: 0300 456 3565
 
HMRC: 0800 015 9559
 
Universal Credit: 0800 328 5644
 
We have got to pull together and I know that our country will come out on the other side of this strong and united.