Figures reveal more than 50% of the self employed in Cornwall claimed government grants

More than 50% of the self-employed fraternity in Cornwall claimed government grants in August latest figures reveal

Cornwall’s self-employed in August felt the need for government assistance. Despite the public preferring staycation holidays in the UK with Cornwall being a major holiday spot this year.

HM Revenue and Customs figures show around 22,200 people in Cornwall applied to the second round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme between August 17 and the end of the month.

Andy Chamberlain, director of policy at IPSE, said the scheme has been a vital lifeline for those who are eligible.

“But now is not the time to withdraw support completely,” he added. “Self-employed businesses are still reeling from the economic impact of coronavirus and many of them were excluded from SEISS because of its strict eligibility criteria.”

Chamberlain and his group are calling on the Government to introduce a new round of support. To ensure struggling businesses can stay afloat.

Mr Chamberlain added: “As the second wave of coronavirus approaches, local lockdowns and individual quarantining measures are inevitable. The government must do more to support businesses that will be impacted by these restrictions.”

Despite UK citizens shying away from European and worldwide holidays this year due to the pandemic and taking holidays and breaks in their homeland, Cornwall being one of the top destinations according to self-employed businesswoman  Stephanie Bull they didn’t spend.

The chip shop owner told Global247news this morning: “When lockdown restrictions ended, we did see an influx of tourism, but they the problem was they were frugal this year and didn’t spend, most were on furlough and in fear of their own jobs that saw them taking a break on a tight budget”

“Totally understandable but not good for Cornish summer business and now we face the winter months. I’s very stressful being self-employed during these current times” she finished.

 


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