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Michelle Monck

Michelle Monck

Consumer Finance Expert
Published: 26/03/2020

What is the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme?

The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is a UK Government grant available to the self-employed that have had their income disrupted due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
It has been extended to give two further grants to the self-employed, with each grant lasting for three months. These cover the periods of November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.

Who is eligible for SEISS?

Those who are self-employed or members of a partnership are eligible for SEISS if they qualified for the first two rounds of grant payments under the scheme and intend to continue to trade in the future. They will either be unable to trade or have had their income reduced due to Coronavirus.

How will the new SEISS payments work?

There will be two payments made between November 2020 and April 2021. The grants are taxable and subject to National Insurance contributions. The third grant payment will be calculated using 80% of three months’ average monthly profits during trading. This is capped at £7,500 for a three-month period. The value of the fourth grant for the period between February and April 2021 is yet to be announced.
The grant for the period of November 2020 to February 2021 will open for applications from 30 November 2020.

What to do if you do not quality for SEISS

Apply for universal credit

You can receive a monthly payment of least £342.72 for a single person under 25 and up to £594.04 in total for a couple where at least one of you is over 25. You can receive extra money for up to two children only. Find out what you are entitled to under universal credit.
You may also be eligible for help with housing costs. Universal credit applications can take up to five weeks to process, but you can claim for an advance payment and you will usually get a decision on the same day. This advance is a loan, without interest and you will then pay it back over 12-months.
If you already receive working tax credit and decide to apply for universal credit, you will not be able to go back to this once you have made a universal credit claim (unless you get the severe disability premium). You may find that this is less generous than what you had originally claimed under the working tax credit scheme.

Apply for a Recovery Loan Scheme

The Recovery Loan Scheme is designed to replace the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme (CBILS), which has now closed to applications. The new business lending scheme is available to businesses of all sizes and will include business overdrafts and loans, as well as asset and invoice finance.

The scheme launches on 6 April 2021 and will run until 31 December 2021, with finance of up to £10m per business set to be available.

Get paid faster and improve cashflow with invoice finance

Invoice finance allows you to receive funds of outstanding invoices when they are issued, meaning you get paid faster. Invoice finance lenders will give a percentage value of invoices raised.


Speak to an invoice finance broker

Find out if your business would benefit from invoice finance and how much cash you could release.

Make sure you received your £10,000 Small Business Grant

This £10,000 grant was available to those who rent or own a rateable property and receive small business rate relief (SBRR) or rural rate relief (RRR) in England. The scheme closed on 5 October 2020. The scheme operates across the UK but is managed slightly differently in each country of the UK. 

Read more about the grants available to small businesses impacted by Coronavirus.

Use your personal credit or savings

As a last resort you may decide to use your personal savings or to borrow using your own personal credit. This could include 0% credit cards or taking out a remortgage or additional lending against your own home.

Consider financial advice

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Disclaimer: This information is intended solely to provide guidance and is not financial advice. Moneyfacts will not be liable for any loss arising from your use or reliance on this information. If you are in any doubt, Moneyfacts recommends you obtain independent financial advice.

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