Dave Innes, Head of Economics for the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation said:
“The Chancellor is right to recognise the importance of supporting each other during these difficult times, and focussing on self-employed people on low and middle incomes is an important way of doing this. JRF has been calling for help for people losing their incomes, and the self-employed income support scheme goes a long way towards meeting that need.
“Self-employed people need to be able to weather the storm for themselves and their families when they are not able to work. It’s also crucial to ensure that people with limited or no savings aren’t forced to go out to work because of the length of time it will take to get this system up and running.
“Our social security system should offer a public service to all of us when we need it, but relying on it may not be adequate to keep people out of poverty and could mean further delays, and advances which will need to be paid back.
“Our shared values demand that everyone should have the financial lifeline they need whether they are on a salary or self-employed. The government must build on their commitments to help and ensure that funds reach those who need them in time to keep families on low incomes going.”