In March, we reported on the UK Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, through which grants are available to self-employed individuals or partnerships. You may have been contacted by HMRC regarding the scheme.
You can now check your eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme here. You will need your National Insurance number and Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR).
If eligible, you will be given a date (starting Wednesday 13 May) from when you can apply. On or after that date, you will need to log in and provide your bank account details via your Government Gateway account. If you don’t have a Government Gateway account, you should register for one here as soon as possible.
HMRC will calculate the claim themselves and pay the grant directly to your bank account, with payments backdated to March.
Self-employed people remain eligible for other government support including business continuity loans and more generous Universal Credit. We have outlined these other measures here.
For further guidance and insights on responding to the current situation, we have a range of articles in our dedicated coronavirus hub.