PCU letter to Paul Scully, Business Minister

Updated: Sep 14

5th May 2020

Dear Paul Scully,

Our members of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union have brought it to our attention that the criteria for the Small Business Grant Fund and the Self Employment Income Support Scheme excludes many psychotherapists and counsellors. 

Many of these therapists are in the position that they cannot apply for these grants:

They pay a landlord who pays the rates

They work from home but still have overheads to pay

They are a limited company

They have only just started self-employment this year and therefore don’t reach the criteria of the self-employment grant.

In this last instance, recently qualified therapists are particularly vulnerable, having also accrued a lot of debt during their training.

We ask the government to consider the particular workforce that are and will be supporting many vulnerable and distressed people through these very difficult times and extend the Small Business Grant and Self Employment Income Support to cover these particular circumstances. Therefore, PCU are calling for the support to be extended to office renters, those that work from home, and the recently self-employed. Where individuals slip through the safety nets, we ask that there is a process to access the vital financial support that is needed.


Juliet Lyons

General Secretary, PCU

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