Coronavirus: UK government unveils plans to pay the self-employed. Will it work? – BBC Newsnight

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Those were the words used by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, when addressing the self employed – many who have been impacted by the economic fall–out of the coronavirus.

But the chancellor announced his plan that self-employed workers can apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits to help them cope with the financial impact of coronavirus.

The money – up to a maximum of £2,500 a month – will be paid in a single lump sum, but will not begin to arrive until the start of June at the earliest.

Uncertainty is rife. But has the government done enough to help support and protect self employed workers?

Political Editor Nicholas Watt reports.

Emma Barnett speaks to Mel Stride MP, Chair, Treasury Select Committee and Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights.

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