COVID19 - Self-Employed

COVID19 - New Style Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit

Universal Credit

The DWP are asking people to apply for Universal Credit online and to only call to book their initial telephone appointment.

Because the lines are busy, local jobcentres will also try to call customers if they see the customer has applied online but hasn't yet got an appointment booked. You should not worry if you can't get through straight away, a DWP member of staff will contact you as soon as they can.
 
Claims will start the day people submit their application online, this is not reliant on identity being verified online. DWP will never text or email asking for personal information or bank details.

New Style Employment and Support Allowance

People should apply for New Style Employment and Support Allowance by phone, where they are not already claiming Universal Credit.

People who have applied for Universal Credit or are already getting Universal Credit should contact their work coach or case manager about applying for New Style Employment and Support Allowance by signing in to their Universal Credit account.

 
 

COVID19 - Self Employment Income Support Scheme

Update - 2 further grants, each available for 3 month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021

Applications for the first grant closed on 13 July 2020 and the second grant on the 19 October 2020

The Government announcement on the 22 October 2020 for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.

  • The government will provide two taxable SEISS grants to support those experiencing reduced demand due to COVID-19 but are continuing to trade, or temporarily cannot trade.
  • It will be available to anyone who was previously eligible for the SEISS grant one and grant two, and meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Grants will be paid in two lump sum instalments each covering 3 months. The first grant will cover a three-month period from the start of November 2020 until the end of January 2021. The government will pay a taxable grant which is calculated based on 40% of three months’ average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment and capped at £3,750.
  • The second grant will cover a three-month period from the start of February until the end of April 2021. The government will review the level of the second grant and set this in due course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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