Government launches income protection scheme for self-employed

The Government has launched its income protection scheme for the self employed.

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The Government has launched its income protection scheme for the self employed alongside new guidance on returning to work, holiday entitlement and transport safety.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme went live yesterday so self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus can apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500, paid in a single instalment.

The Government has also announced five new ministerial taskforces which will look at the following sectors:

  • pubs and restaurants (Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy)
  • non-essential retail (including salons) (Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy)
  • recreation and leisure, including tourism, culture and heritage, libraries, entertainment and sport (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
  • places of worship (Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government)
  • international aviation, reflecting the unique challenges that sector is facing (Department for Transport)

Each taskforce will work across Government and engage with key stakeholders in public health, industry, trade unions and devolved administrations with the aim of ensuring that COVID-19 secure guidelines are developed in line with the phased approach and public health directions, agreeing and ensuring the alignment of all relevant sectoral guidance and providing key sector stakeholders direct access to Ministers to shape the guidance.

Other guidance covers holiday entitlement during the pandemic, for instance, detailed information on who can carry holiday over, and on transport safety.



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