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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

What financial support is available for self-employed people?

Information about financial support for self-employed people

It was announced on 20 March that the minimum income floor for the self-employed would be suspended.

Self-employed people can now access, in full, Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to Statutory Sick Pay for employees.

It was later announced on 26th March that many self-employed people would be allowed to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months; this may be extended if needed. Eligibility details and how to apply can be found here.

You can read more information relating to COVID19 and businesses here.