Coronavirus support for businesses

Support for the self-employed, contractors, freelancers and gig economy

The government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employed Income Support Scheme was developed for self-employed residents who had lost income due to the pandemic.

The scheme allowed self-employed residents to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for March, April and May 2020. Applications for this grant are now closed.

The scheme has been extended. To find out more visit the gov.uk website.

Income Tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to January 2021. No penalties or interest for late payment will be charged in the deferral period. 

If you are a ‘gig-economy’ or zero hours contract worker you may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay – check your eligibility on the gov.uk website.

If you are not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, you may be eligible for benefits such as the Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit. Please contact your local Jobcentre Plus for claims for either Universal Credit or ESA.