Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund

May 1st 2020

Eligibility Criteria for the Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund:

• You became self-employed on or after 6 April 2019
• Over 50% of your individual income is from self-employment
• Your trading profits were below £50,000 in the 19/20 tax year
• You have lost business due to COVID and are suffering financial hardship as a result
• You are ineligible for other support on offer
• You do not receive benefits (Universal Credit, Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support) or have applied for but not yet started receiving Universal Credit
• You are self-employed (not trading as a partnership or limited company)
• You have taken steps to limit your costs
• You do not have sufficient savings or other sources of income to meet basic needs

Applicants must provide:
• Documentation to show that you had an active business pre-COVID
• Self-declaration that you are currently experiencing hardship
• Evidence of being resident in the local authority area of application

The time from application to funds being paid is 10 days.

Apply for the Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund

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