Self-employed workers across the South will be given support from the government during the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes as Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the new package during a press conference on Thursday 26th March.
- What is the new package?
The new package means self-employed workers will have 80% of their average earnings, or up to £2,500 a month, paid for by the government.
The grants will be given out to those eligible, for at least three months.
The scheme which aims to support workers through the Covid-19 outbreak, is expected to be "up and running" by June.
- Who is eligible?
According to Rishi Sunak, anyone with trading profits of less than £50,000 in the last tax year, or the same amount as an average of the past three tax years, will be eligible.
In his speech, he said: “To minimise fraud, only those who are already in self-employment who have a tax return for 2019 will be able to apply.”
- Who is NOT eligible?
Mr Sunak said the average earnings of those not covered by the state aid were those earning more than £200,000 per year.
Also, those who became self-employed since April 2019 are not eligible for the scheme.
- What should you do now?
In a statement, the government said people should NOT contact HMRC now.
Instead, the taxman will contact them directly after compiling a list of those eligible and the HMRC will then give guidance on how to apply for the scheme.
- Watch: Are you eligible for the self-employment scheme?
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