Coronavirus: Self Employed

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The Government said we would do whatever it takes to protect people’s jobs and incomes – and we meant it. I know many self-employed people are deeply anxious about the support available for them.

That is why the Chancellor has announced a new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme – helping many of our country’s self-employed workers: the musicians, the sound engineers, the plumbers, the electricians, the taxi drivers, the hairdressers, the childminders, the driving instructors, and many others. Through this scheme, the Government will pay self-employed people a grant worth 80 per cent of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2,500 a month – that’s unlike almost any other country and makes our scheme one of the most generous in the world.

I know there are challenging times ahead, but I am confident that the measures put in place will support millions of people, businesses and self-employed workers to get through this, and emerge on the other side both stronger and more united as a country. And we will get through this together. 

Self Employed Income Support Scheme

  • We are launching the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, to make sure people who work for themselves are getting the financial support they need. The Government will pay self-employed people across the whole UK who have been adversely affected by coronavirus a grant worth 80 per cent of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2,500 a month, for three months – but we will extend it for longer if necessary. 
  • We will make it simple for self-employed people to get the financial support they need. Self-employed people who are eligible will be contacted by HMRC directly, asked to fill out a simple online form, and HMRC will pay the grant directly into their bank account. We expect people to access the scheme by the beginning of June.
  • We are ensuring our support reaches those self-employed people who are most in need of it. The scheme will only be open to those with trading profits up to £50,000, leaving 95 per cent of people who are majority self-employed eligible for the scheme. HMRC will also ask people to demonstrate that the majority of their income comes from self-employment, and, to minimise fraud, only those who are already in self-employment, and who have a tax return for 2019, will be able to apply.

Additional Support for Self Employed People

  • For self-employed people who are struggling now, we’ve also made sure that many will be able to access loans through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme. This scheme provides loans of up to £5 million, which will be interest free for twelve months.
  • Deferring income tax self-assessment payments for July until the end of January 2021.
  • Earning rules under Universal Credit have been relaxed – meaning self-employed people can now access, in full, Universal Credit at a rate that is equivalent to Statutory Sick Pay for employees;
  • Access to welfare payments has been made faster and easier, meaning those on contributory Employment and Support Allowance will be able to claim from day 1, instead of day 8. The Government has also relaxed the requirement for anyone to physically attend a JobCentre – everything can be done by phone or online
  • Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit have been increased by £1,000 a year – a cash injection of nearly £7 billion in the welfare system
  • £1 billion of support has been made available for renters, by increasing the generosity of housing benefit and Universal Credit, so that the Local Housing Allowance will cover at least 30 per cent of market rents in local areas.
  • A three-month mortgage or rent holiday (speak to your landlord or mortgage company)
  • VAT deferral

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I fully understand that now is a particularly difficult time if you are self-employed and I am committed to doing everything I can to help.