Coronavirus support for Sandwell businesses: self-employed people

If you’re self-employed, we know this crisis may be causing many challenges regarding the way you work and bring in income. We’ve compiled the latest advice and support here. See also our pages for businesses, and on childcare and mental health.

This page was last reviewed in June 2021.

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Are you self-employed and getting less or no work because of Covid-19? Here’s a guide from the government as to the financial support that may be available.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus, find out if you are eligible for a SEISS grant.

Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay for self-employed people
Self-employed people who have seen their income drop due to the coronavirus pandemic may be able to claim Universal Credit. Read about updates to Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay for people classed as self-employed.

Self Assessment Payment Helpline
If you can’t pay your self assessment tax bill, contact the Self Assessment Payment Helpline on 0300 200 3822 (open on Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm). If you’ve filed your return and owe less than £10,000 you might be able to arrange to pay in instalments online.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has an extensive Covid-19 support section available to self-employed people – both members and non-members of FSB. You can also sign up for FSB’s monthly newsletter.

The MoneySavingExpert site has lots of regularly updated coronavirus help for people who are self-employed.

Skills
The Department for Education has launched the Skills Toolkit: free online courses, tools and resources to help people boost their digital and numeracy skills.

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