The MP for Tiverton and Honiton has urged Boris Johnson to cut through red tape when delivering financial aid to the self-employed affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Neil Parish asked the Prime Minister to ‘cut through bureaucracy’ at Prime Minister’s Questions this morning (Wednesday).
The Prime Minister supported Mr Parish’s concerns, saying bureaucracy was ‘the issue’ in getting the funds to where they were needed most.
Mr Johnson told the House of Commons there would be ‘all sorts of benefits’ available for those in rural and coastal industries, including the fishing industry.
The Prime Minister said: “That indeed is the issue. The difficulty is not devising the schemes – we can devise the schemes.
“The difficulty is getting the cash to the people who need it in a timely way, and anybody who has worked on any of these projects will know that is the real issue.”
Mr Parish told Boris Johnson: “My constituency has many, many self-employed.
“Farming, food and food production are very much self-employed businesses.
“Can we be assured there won’t be bureaucracy and the difficulty of setting up a system that stops that help getting to the self-employed?
“Because it’s absolutely essential we cut through the bureaucracy to make it work.”
The Tiverton and Honiton MP’s appeal comes as East Devon’s self-employed wait to hear if the chancellor will throw them a cash lifeline – helping boost closed businesses or lost incomes because of the coronavirus and imposed UK lockdown.
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