Rishi Sunak urged to plug gaps in furlough scheme for 1m self-employed now

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Treasury committee says chancellor must fulfil vow to help workers, including newly employed and newly self-employed

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been criticised by MPs for “drawing a line” under concerns that over a million people have missed out on the government’s emergency coronavirus support schemes.

The influential Treasury committee issued its rebuke as it published the government’s response to recommendations put forward by MPs to help make up for a gap in support. The original report, released last month, found that more than a million people who had recently switched jobs, were newly self-employed, directors of limited companies, or freelancing were effectively locked out of financial aid programmes.

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