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Self-employed: Coronavirus

Question for Treasury

UIN HL15183, tabled on 21 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the self-employed during the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

Answered on

29 April 2021

The Government announced at Budget 2021 that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will continue until September, with a fourth and a final fifth grant. This provides certainty to business as the economy reopens and means the SEISS will continue to be one of the most generous schemes for the self-employed in the world, and one of the few where support is committed until September.

The fourth and fifth SEISS grants are an estimated £13.5bn of additional support, taking total support for the self-employed to over £33 billion since the start of the pandemic.

Self-employed people may also have access to other elements of support available, including Restart Grants, the Recovery Loan scheme, business rates relief, and other business support schemes.

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