Jessica Morden Jessica Morden - Labour MP for Newport East, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and PPS to Keir Starmer
Despite being on the call list for Questions to the Minister for Women and Equalities, time ran out before I was able to ask my question.
Many #NewportEast constituents have gotten in touch about the fact that the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has #excluded the newly self-employed.
However, the scheme also discriminates against self-employed women who have taken maternity leave in the previous 3 years.
If called, I would have urged the Government to follow recommendations put forward by Chwarae Teg to extend and expand the support available to include the newly self-employed as well as account for maternity and paternity leave in SEISS calculations.