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Fix gaps in furlough for self-employed workers, government urged

MPs and campaign groups say ministers must fix eligibility criteria excluding more than 3 million workers in Covid-19 crisis

The government is under mounting pressure to plug gaps in its emergency coronavirus wage subsidy schemes at the March budget to support millions of self-employed people and other workers excluded from furlough.

MPs and campaign groups said the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, had repeatedly ducked opportunities to fix gaps in furlough and the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) for almost a year since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

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