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Self-employed: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 33548, tabled on 23 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure self-employed contractors do not incur financial penalties from businesses while self-isolating as a result of the covid-19.

Answered on

31 March 2020

The Government is supporting the self-employed through an unprecedented package of measures during this period of disruption. Measures include a temporary relaxation of the earnings rules (known as the Minimum Income Floor) for self-employed claimants who are sick or self-isolating according to Government guidance. The Government has extended this to all self-employed claimants, not just those directly impacted by the virus, ensuring those affected by the economic impact of the outbreak are supported.

On 26 March, the Chancellor announced a world-leading scheme to support the UK’s self-employed affected by Covid-19. The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals, including members of partnerships, whose income has been negatively impacted. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Details of Government support for business during the Coronavirus outbreak can be found at: www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/.