NEW statistics showing UK Government support for self-employed workers in Eddisbury have been welcomed by MP Edward Timpson.

In total 2,500 self-employed people in Eddisbury have accessed £6,300,000 worth of government grants through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme's second tranche.

These grants do not need to be paid back and will help to cover lost earnings.

This is in addition to the support given to self-employed workers through the first grant – worth £10,300,000 in Eddisbury.

Self-employed people have had six months of income support during the coronavirus pandemic inclduing a first grant, covering up to 80 per cent of average monthly profits was made available for March to May.

There has also been a second grant covering up to 70 per cent of average monthly profits, available for June to August.

Eddisbury MP, Edward Timpson CBE, said he was pleased with the government's level of support.

"I know this year has been hugely challenging for self-employed workers in Eddisbury," he said. "These latest figures demonstrate the scale of support that the Conservative government has put in place to support their livelihoods.

"Never before has the Conservatives' agenda to level up the whole county been so important – giving our entrepreneurs the confidence they need as they look ahead to the future."