Siobhain McDonagh has joined more than 100 MP's to call on Rishi Sunak to extend the self-employed income scheme during the pandemic.

Under the existing scheme, those who are eligible, can qualify for a grant of 80% of their average profits, up to £2500, for three months.

The self-employed income scheme is due to end this weekend, while the furlough scheme has been extended to October.

The Prime Minister told the Liaison Committee yesterday that continuing the scheme was ‘under review’.

A cross-party group of 113 MPs signed a letter sent by, Mitcham and Morden MP, Siobhain McDonagh, to Mr Sunak.

Wimbledon Times:

"For our constituents who have been unable to work due to Covid-19, this scheme, and the opportunity to be furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, have proven invaluable lifelines of support for those eligible to receive them.

"However, whilst the Government has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will now continue until October 2020, it remains unclear whether any extension to the SelfEmployment Income Support Scheme will be announced.

"Whilst some of our self-employed constituents may be able to return to work over the coming weeks and months, it remains likely that many will not.

"If the scheme does not continue, they will be left without work and without support."

Speaking to Wimbledon Times, Siobhain McDonagh, further expressed her concerns.

"This scheme is a lifeline for millions of locked-down workers right across the country.

"There are already significant holes in the support, but removing what is already in place would pull the safety net from under the feet of millions of self-employed workers.

"How can it be right for the furloughed scheme to continue but this scheme to not?"