Local MSP praises UK Government’s support for self-employed people in East Renfrewshire

Jackson Carlaw MSP has praised the UK Government’s support for the self-employed across East Renfrewshire.


The latest figures from HMRC highlight that 146,000 self-employed individuals have been supported by the scheme in Scotland, introduced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, with 2,300 supported in the East Renfrewshire local authority area.


The scheme was recently extended to August by the UK Government and the MSP says this is another example of the unprecedented support provided to people across Eastwood in order to cope with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.


The MSP has highlighted this alongside the success of the UK Government’s job retention scheme which has also helped to protect thousands of jobs in East Renfrewshire.


Jackson Carlaw MSP for Eastwood said:


“The self-employed income support scheme is another great example of the unprecedented level of support provided by the UK Government to help individuals across Eastwood deal with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.


“Coupled with the job retention scheme, the UK Government has stepped in to protect livelihoods and jobs in East Renfrewshire and these figures show that 2,300 individuals have received support from the self-employed income support scheme in the local area.


“With the scheme now having been extended to August by the Chancellor, people across East Renfrewshire have the guarantee that further support will be available to them.


“The Covid-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented crisis and the UK Government have ensured that people have had the urgent support they need and that will continue as we recover our economy.”