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ska66 Posted on 24/03/2020 14:28
Government Help For Self Employed
 
Just been on to Citizens Advice for 45 minutes for advice for self employed as am sure my workload will dry up very soon. Outcome is because my wife works (although doesnt know for how much longer and doesnt earn a great wage) and we are home owners I will not qualify for any benefits or help. All i can get is job seekers allowance if I stop being self employed and make myself available for work.
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Jan_Aage_Fjortoft Posted on 24/03/2020 14:50

Government Help For Self Employed
The bits I've read online suggest the government will be announcing something for self-employed people in the next few days. It's just taking a bit longer as it's more complicated to sort out.
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ska66 Posted on 24/03/2020 14:53

Government Help For Self Employed
Hope so. Worked really hard to get head above water after 2008 recession.
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Jan_Aage_Fjortoft Posted on 24/03/2020 15:31

Government Help For Self Employed
This is what the Gazette have quoted from the House of Commons today:

Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Mr Sunak said there were “genuine practical and principle reasons” to roll out a scheme for freelancers similar to that he has announced for employees.

“Of course there have been people whose incomes have been impacted by what is happening,” he said.

“But there are also millions of people who are self-employed whose incomes may not have been impacted and indeed might be increasing.

“The ability for the government to distinguish between those people based on tax returns that are over a year and a half out of date, poses some very significant challenges in terms of fairness and affordability.”

He added that the Treasury had been looking into measures in “intense detail” over the past week, but would not commit to a date when more help would be made available.
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br14 Posted on 25/03/2020 00:01
Edited On: 25/03/2020 00:06
Government Help For Self Employed
This is the provision bill they're discussing.

Basically you get the lower of, 80% of your average monthly income for the last three years or £2917.

“Statutory self-employment pay


(1)

The Secretary of State must, by regulations, introduce a scheme of Statutory Self-


Employment Pay.


(2)

The scheme must make provision for payments to be made out of public funds to


individuals who are


(a)

self-employed, or


(b)

freelancers.


(3)

The payments to be made in subsection (2) are to be set so that the net monthly


earnings of an individual specified in subsection (2) do not fall below—


(i)

80 per cent of their monthly net earnings, averaged over the last three


years, or


(ii)

£2,917




whichever is lower.


(4)

No payment to be made under subsection (2) shall exceed £2,917 per month.


(5)

A statutory instrument containing regulations under this section is subject to


annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
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