Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Claim a grant if you’ve lost income
If you’re getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you might be able to claim a grant through the coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme.
Other financial support
If you’re getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can also:
- apply online for Universal Credit
- apply for New Style Employment and Support Allowance, if you have a disability or health condition that affects how much you can work
You might also be able to get New Style Employment and Support Allowance if one for the following applies:
- you or your child might have coronavirus or you’re recovering from it
- you or your child are self-isolating because you came into contact with someone who might have coronavirus
- you have been told to stay at home for at least 12 weeks by the NHS because you’re at high risk of severe illness
You do not need to go into a Jobcentre Plus office to apply or get a payment.
Your Universal Credit payment is based on your actual earnings. You need to report any self-employed earnings and expenses at the end of each monthly assessment period.
Processing your application
Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it might take longer than usual to process your application and answer questions about it. We apologise for these delays – we know this is a difficult time.
If you do not have enough money to live on while you wait for your first Universal Credit payment you can ask for an advance payment.
If you cannot make a Self Assessment payment on account
If you are due to make a Self Assessment payment on account by 31 July 2020, you can put off your payment until January 2021.