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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – Updated 5 November 2020

Further announcements have been made in respect of financial support for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of 2 further grants, each available for a 3 month period covering November 2020 to
January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.

  1. Who can claim
    To be eligible for the grant extension self-employed individuals, including members of partnerships, must:
    • have been previously eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme first and second
    grant (although they do not have to have claimed the previous grants)
    • declare that they intend to continue to trade and either:
    • are currently actively trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus
    • were previously trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus
  2. What the grant extension covers
    The extension will last for 6 months, from November 2020 to April 2021. Grants will be paid in 2 lump
    sum instalments each covering a 3 month period.
    The third grant will cover the period from 1 November 2020 until 31 January 2021. The Government will
    provide a taxable grant calculated at 80% of 3 months average monthly trading profits, paid out in a
    single instalment and capped at £7,500 in total. This is an increase from the previously announced
    amount of 55%.
    The Government are providing the same level of support for the self-employed as is being provided for
    employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which has also been extended until March
    The Government has already announced that there will be a fourth grant covering February 2021 to April.
    The Government will set out further details, including the level, of the fourth grant in due course.
    The grants are taxable income and also subject to National Insurance contributions.
  3. How to claim
    The online service for the next grant will be available from 30 November 2020. We will provide full details
    about claiming and applications once announced by HMRC.

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