Deliveroo has introduced an income insurance policy to cover its self-employed workers, according to newspaper reports.

The Times is reporting that the company is offering a policy that would see couriers pay £1.85 a week, to provide cover when they suffered an injury while working for Deliveroo or when illness left them unable to work.

The business has said that it would be willing to pay basic sickness and injury benefits to couriers if UK law is changed. It claims that at present it cannot provide such benefits to drivers who at the same time enjoy the flexibility associated with self-employment.

Dan Warne, Deliveroo’s managing director for UK and Ireland, said: ‘We would like to go further, but we are currently constrained by the law. We’re committed to providing the flexible work that riders want, alongside the security we believe they deserve.”