'Left in lurch': Sunak under fire for lack of self-employed support


Labour says hundreds of thousands of people will be left struggling under new scheme

Almost half a million self-employed workers have been “left in the lurch” by government support covering just two-fifths of their normal income despite the launch of tougher coronavirus restrictions, Labour has warned.

In an attack on the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, for offering thousands of people less support than was available during the first national lockdown, the party said hundreds of thousands of people would be left struggling through a difficult winter.

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