Self employed trades

Self employed trades such as plumbers, plasterers! Joiners, electricians etc should be allowed to get back to work provided they can observe social distancing at the job location. Many of these are young with families and mortgages.

Why the contribution is important

Because it helps those who may fall the gaps of government help to help themselves and contribute to the economy. It would also avoid risk of accidents and therefore pressure on NHS from DIY enthusiasts.

by Sue24 on May 05, 2020 at 01:54PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 4.7
Based on: 28 votes


  • Posted by Nicola0110 May 05, 2020 at 14:08

    Agree, I don't think it would be unreasonable to ask the homeowner to stay in another room whilst this happened and have window open for ventilation. PPE could also be used
  • Posted by MG1983 May 05, 2020 at 14:13

    Agreed and this would help kickstart the economy whilst not being a drain on finances
  • Posted by Chrismollitt May 05, 2020 at 14:17

    I feel sorry for anyone self employed your offered help but only if you have 3 years books and then told not getting paid until June disgraceful let these people back to work or your just adding another unemployment number and another family into poverty
  • Posted by Ziggy May 05, 2020 at 14:21

    I am at present in an industry that is still able to work and would be able to allow a self employed painter into my house while I an at work.
  • Posted by laurenforbes361 May 05, 2020 at 14:22

    Given plumbers / electricians can enter homes under the current restrictions to carry out essential work it is clear that social distancing is possible for workers in the home. It is easy for customers to stay more than 2 meters away, only one trade could be present at any time in the home, increased hand washing etc. Most tradesman will already have PPE (gloves, masks etc.).
  • Posted by June May 05, 2020 at 14:27

    Desperately need the life blood of the country to get back to work. The self employed are carrying an enormous burden at the moment and they should definitely be able to resume work.
  • Posted by shield1960 May 05, 2020 at 14:56

    Tradesmen need to be allowed to get back to work as long as appropriate H&S is adhered to by client. Many jobs big or small could be undertaken and help provide income to a sector that has been particularly hard hit as they only earn if they are working. Know of lots in my home town who are chomping at the bit to get going but current guidelines deter them.
  • Posted by PB0307 May 05, 2020 at 16:59

    To the person above who mentioned you can only get help if you have three years books - that's not the case. As long as you have at least a year's accounts, you can get help through the coronavirus scheme for the self employed. And the Scottish government has announced a scheme (not sure which areas of the country it's running in) to help those who have only been self employed for under a year.

    I agree with tradesmen getting back to work - they could come while homeowners are out exercising - leave the key under the mat, or spend time in a different room in the house while they are there.
  • Posted by lc73 May 06, 2020 at 10:39

    100% agree. A lot of jobs are external to the home or the customer can easily maintain social distancing while the work is undertaken.
    It's important for our economy to set the supply chain in motion again, as well as for the financial and health and well-being of the tradesmen, their families and customers.
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