Thank you for contacting me about support for the self-employed. It really is appreciated in what I know is a difficult time.
I welcome that measures have been announced to help self-employed people, many of whom are especially vulnerable during this time. The Scottish Conservatives have been unrelenting in our calls for both of Scotland’s governments to do whatever it takes to protect jobs and livelihoods in Scotland.
The UK Government is continuing to support self-employed Scots through the expanded Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The scheme has also been uplifted in line with the furlough scheme and will now offer two additional grants.
Self-employed Scots are able to claim a fourth grant for February to April worth up to 80 per cent of trading profits capped at £7,500. There will also be a fifth and final grant that will cover the period from May 2021 to September 2021, that will be based on average turnover.
Rishi Sunak has also changed the criteria for the scheme so that those who were newly self-employed when the scheme began and were not eligible for the grant can now claim based on their 2019-20 tax returns. I hope that these measures come as a welcome relief to those in self-employment who have been put in a difficult position during this crisis.
Once again, I thank you for taking the time to contact me on this issue.