Labor leaves sole traders in limbo
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Labor leaves sole traders in limbo

East Gippsland sole traders who run their business from home continue to be overlooked by the State Government for financial support to help them stay afloat, as harsh coronavirus restrictions smash their incomes.

The Government’s latest business support package again fails to provide any funds for Victorians running their own business from home as a sole trader.

“Strict eligibility criteria on today’s token $3000 grant will stop many accessing desperately-needed support,” said Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.

“Only sole traders working from a permanent commercial location and in an industry that will be restricted or closed under the Second Step of the Roadmap can apply.

“Many, who are on the verge of shutting their doors permanently, were given hope when the Premier flagged a support package, but the criteria means they will miss out.”

The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia says the Andrews Government’s roadmap out of lockdown is “economically and socially reckless” and will only cause more hardship for businesses.

“I will be back at Parliament this week and will be standing up on behalf of our sole traders, a number who have contacted the office expressing their anger,” said Mr Bull.

“Small businesses are at the heart of a strong local economy and they need more help, not false hope.”

Monday, September 14, 2020