Updated 23 November 14:15
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 3 month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.
The grant extension is for self-employed individuals who are currently eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and are actively continuing to trade but are facing reduced demand due to coronavirus. Find out more on who can claim and what the grant extension covers here.
The online service for the next grant will be available from 30 November 2020. HMRC will provide full details about claiming in due course.
Payments of £500 are available for residents who have received a notification from NHS test and trace to self-isolate, providing that period of self-isolation started on or after 28 September 2020.
The payment is to support those on low incomes, who would also lose income as a result of self-isolating, and to encourage people to get tested if they have symptoms.
The scheme will operate until 31 January 2021.
Eligibility for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment is restricted to people who:
- have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;
- are employed or self-employed;
- are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
- are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
Find out more and apply here.