Employees kept on by struggling businesses during the coronavirus outbreak will have 80% of their wages subsidised by the government, but ministers were criticised for not going so far for the self-employed.

Now Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced measures to support them too.

Self-employed scheme

The self-employed scheme appears straightforward and does not require any action on the part of the individual. Presumably, HMRC will contact people based on their UTRs and self-assessment history and ask them to fill out the form mentioned in the announcement once the scheme is up and running in a view months. In the meantime, self-employed people can continue to work where available without it impacting their eligibility

The Government article here is a useful overview of the scheme.

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