Coronavirus: information and updates

Self-employment support during coronavirus

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme helps people who are self-employed and struggling with income because of coronavirus. If you’re not eligible for the scheme, you may be able to apply for other support such as benefits.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The first 3 grants in the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme have closed. You can claim the fourth grant on or before 1 June 2021. If you are eligible, HMRC will contact you to give you your personal claim date. This will be the date that you can make your claim from.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (GOV.UK)

Check if you can claim

To check if you’re eligible, use the Government’s online tool. Your tax agent or adviser can do this on your behalf.

You’ll need your:

  • Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number
  • National Insurance number

Check if you can claim Self-Employment Income Support (GOV.UK)

Warning Watch out for scams

You’ll never get an email, text message or phone call from HMRC which:

  • tells you about a tax rebate or penalty
  • asks for your personal or payment information 

Report suspicious emails, texts and phone calls to HMRC (GOV.UK)

Government support if you’re self-isolating

Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is available in England. If you have to self-isolate but cannot work from home and you meet the criteria, you could get a single payment of £500 on top of any benefits you receive. Local authorities will be responsible for the payments.

You are automatically eligible if you receive any of these benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credits
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit

Claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme (GOV.UK)

Other coronavirus support

You may also be able to get help with your Council Tax or rent.

Council Tax support during coronavirus

Financial support for renters during coronavirus

Money worries can be stressful and hard, it’s also important to get support if you need it.

Mental health and coronavirus

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Last reviewed by Scope on: 21/04/2021

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