Hundreds of people in South Cheshire have signed a petition calling for statutory sick pay to be introduced for the self-employed during the current coronavirus outbreak.
The petition, on Parliament’s website, has been signed by more than 116,500 people across the UK.
As of 7pm tonight these include 240 people in the Crewe and Nantwich constituency and 161 in the Congleton constituency.
The petition, set up by Jane Lawson, must now be considered by Parliament as it has crossed the 100,000 threshold.
It states: “The self-employed make up 15 per cent of UK’s workforce. Majority are not entitled to any sick pay. I want the Government to include us in the recent changes to statutory sick pay because of the Corona19 virus.
“Excluding us means the Government are running the risk of said people continuing going to work as just like everyone else we have bills to pay and thus spreading the virus.”
As of 9am today, Tuesday March 10, there are 373 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK – with six people who tested positive for the virus dying.
There are currently no confirmed cases in any of the four local authority areas that make up Cheshire – namely Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Cheshire, Halton and Warrington – including to the latest Public Health England breakdown.