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Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Treasury written question – answered on 2nd June 2020.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the duration of the Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme for self-employed people who cannot go out to work because they have been advised by the NHS to shield and not to leave home for 12 weeks as a result of an underlying health condition.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he is having about extending the duration and expanding the scope of the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS); whether he will make it his policy to extend SEISS at least as long as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme; and when he plans to make an announcement about the future of the SEISS.

Photo of Kate Osborne Kate Osborne Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to extend the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to October 2020.

Photo of Tommy Sheppard Tommy Sheppard Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme in line with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Photo of Carol Monaghan Carol Monaghan Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Armed Forces and Veterans), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to make an announcement on the next stage of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an extension to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme on 29 May.

Eligible individuals whose business is adversely affected by COVID-19 will be able to claim a second and final grant when the scheme reopens for further applications in August. Individuals will be able to claim a taxable grant worth 70 per cent of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits and capped at £6,570 in total.

There will be no further changes and no further extensions to the scheme, which continues to be one of the most generous in the world.

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