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Looks like there might be some more information from the Government coming tomorrow regarding some form of help for the self employed...
 
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I appreciate a lot of people are facing hardship its affecting us also, but there is a flip side to only getting 80% of wages or whatever the Gov't decide to give the self employed/ employed to stay home which may be better than some alternatives

Those who are classed as key workers like my Wife and I are continuing to work for our normal wage unless we get ill
She works for NHS in operating theatres which are being converted into ICU wards and She will be in contact with severe cases

Not as bad for me, working from home on call, going all over the country in the food industry for customers employing Eastern European's where so far I'm not seeing any measures being enforced at all, if it gets into those places they/We are all going to be sick very quickly.
Maybe not as risky as going to supermarkets for a spot of panic buying though!

There's the smell of lots of Govt money in the air and production is being ramped up and common sense is being ignored greed is going to override for some

We're not going to see much of each other or our kids over the next few months and We both will have a higher chance of contracting this virus potentially affecting our kids and other elderly family members who are isolating and to a degree relying on us for help

We could and maybe should stay at home for 80% wages and isolate ourselves just in case, most of the population are going to be ill at some point, A lot of people I know have told me they are doing this they see it as a few months off work. ( not suggesting people here are doing this)

But it would be good to finish a few jobs at home spend some time with the Mrs and kids and enjoy the weather when its nice albeit at a restricted level


But just think where the Country will end up if all people tagged as key workers do this
The Emergency and Armed forces for example
 
Back in 2008, the government of the day was very quick off the mark to offer financial bailouts totalling £500 billion to the banks. By contrast, help for the self-employed isn't happening with the same determination and haste. Just saying.
They are currently trying to work out how to help the self employed... it's not as easy as you might think. Remember that government normally works very very slowly, so getting something agreed within a few weeks is extremely rapid for them... for us it still seems very slow.

The 2008 situation was entirely different... there is no comparison. The bank funding was in effect a loan and if a major bank collapsed it would have had serious consequences for millions of people across the world for years and years.
 

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davesparks

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The Chancellor is announcing the packages later this afternoon on T.V
That's good, but I like to see things written in black an white on an official document before believing them.
Politicians say a lot of things in press conferences that sort of resemble the truth but aren't quite exactly true.


Plus I don't have a TV.
 

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I met a few people now that choose not to have a tv and they get hounded relentlessly by the licensing people, is it the same for you @davesparks?
 

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I met a few people now that choose not to have a tv and they get hounded relentlessly by the licensing people, is it the same for you @davesparks?
At my previous house I received a letter approximately once a month stating that an active investigation had been opened and their inspectors are in the area. The first one arrived a few days after I moved in, the previous tenant did watch TV without a licence.
3 years later I moved out and was still receiving the same letters telling me that they would be knocking on my door within a few weeks if I didn't pay.

Since moving house my other half has taken care of it and we haven't actually had any bother from them.
 

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There is a better article on sky news that says aid is coming today......apparently not for any self employed with savings??......
So what about employees who have savings?

Hopefully we'll find something out, shortly.
 

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On soon,
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Auq9mYxFEE


Briefings are normally published just before / during / just after.
Thanks, the not having TV comment was a bit tongue in cheek. I'm well aware that I can watch it via other sources.
I do read the transcripts of announcements, the PMs daily announcements and others, I find it easier to take the information in if I can something a couple of times and not just listen to it.
 

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it's not just 80% of wages we need. we still have overheads to pay, even if only road tax,insurances, phone. how can govt. expect us to survive if we can't keep the business overheads paid? van sitting outside not moving still costs, even worse if it's on finance or lease.
 

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it's not just 80% of wages we need. we still have overheads to pay, even if only road tax,insurances, phone. how can govt. expect us to survive if we can't keep the business overheads paid? van sitting outside not moving still costs, even worse if it's on finance or lease.
Whilst I’m being paid, so not currently being effected, 80% isn’t bad for the self employed, same as those on PAYE.

My son is self employed, but is director of his company as his business partner. He’s worried this scheme won’t cover him?
 

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but PAYE empoyees don't have any overheads. overheads are 40% of my gross income.so i only get 80% of 60%.? that just covers overheads with nothing left.
 
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