Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford & Isleworth, is calling for a temporary universal basic income for self-employed people. She says concern from self-employed people about what they are going to live on, now their income has dried up, is one of the issues people contact her about most frequently.
In her most recent newsletter to constituents she says:
‘Parliament has shut down and I and my team are all now working from home. Like all MPs and their staff, we are inundated with calls and emails from constituents with a host of pressing problems, generally raised with us because the Government announcements don’t address their situation, or promised action hasn’t materialised.
‘The two most frequent issues coming in to me have been; self-employed people for whom the Government announcements are no help, and constituents who are stuck abroad. There are probably over 10,000 self-employed people in this constituency. I supported the call for a temporary universal basic income for selfemployed people. I am glad the government introduced some support, however I still have concerns about the details, and for those who are excluded from the various schemes. I have written to the Chancellor again about this.
‘Many constituents are stuck abroad with dwindling supplies of money and medicines and no certainty as to how they will get home. We have helped and advised dozens of UK citizens trapped abroad and I am asking Foreign Office Ministers to urge the UK Government to do more.
‘Other issues also coming in include; the cancelling of cancer treatment, evictions by frightened landlords, and the inability to get food and essential medicines to name a few.’
You can see her full newsletter to constituents here.