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Coronavirus: The chancellor's lifeline for self-employed explained

Who is eligible to get help and when will they get it? Sky News examines the package of support for the nation's sole traders.

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微信斗牛要从哪里拉人chancellor rishi sunak has announced a rescue package worth an estimated £9bn for the uk's self-employed.

The move comes after millions faced huge drops in their income due to the coronavirus outbreak.

What are the headlines?

Self-employed 微信斗牛要从哪里拉人workers will be in line to receive up to £2,500 a month for at least three months.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人treasury officials believe there are 3.8 million people eligible for the scheme

payments will start to be made at the beginning of june.

Hadn't the government already announced help for workers?

the chancellor's initial package of financial support only applied to company employees who were threatened with losing their jobs as a result of the crisis.

Why did this take longer?

the self-employed are not paye (pay-as-you-earn) and so working out a relief package was far more complicated.

So what is actually on offer?

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人self-employed workers will be able to claim support worth 80% of their average monthly profits, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month, putting it on a par with the assistance for employees.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人the income support scheme, which is being designed by the tax office from scratch, will cover the three months to may.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人grants will be paid in a single lump sum, starting from the beginning of june.

UK employees may work longer, but they are less productive
Image: Payments will start to be made at the beginning of June

How will the level of cash support be worked out?

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人her majesty's revenue and customs (hmrc) will use the average trading profits from tax returns in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to decide the size of the grant.

So who qualifies for help?

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人the scheme will be open to those with a trading profit of less than £50,000 in 2018-19 or an average trading profit of less than £50,000 from 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

also, more than half of their income in these periods must come from self-employment.

to try and combat fraud, only those who are already in self-employment will be eligible to apply.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人applicants will also be required to prove they have lost income due to coronavirus via an online declaration form.

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Who will miss out?

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人those who pay themselves a salary and dividends through their own company are not covered by the scheme.

but they will be covered for their wages by the coronavirus job retention scheme if they are operating paye schemes.

What happens next?

hmrc will use existing information to check eligibility and contact people directly with guidance on how to apply, using a simple online form.

No payment until June - what happens in the meantime?

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人the government says the self-employed are already in line to benefit from a series of support measures announced by the chancellor while the new scheme is being rolled out.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人it points to extra cash being made available for the universal credit benefit system, income tax and vat deferrals, support for renters and access to three-month mortgage holidays.

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How have the measures been received?

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人business groups and union leaders have welcomed the package announced by the chancellor, but has urged the government to make sure the support was available as quickly as possible.

labour say the announcement has "a huge sting in the tail" and questioned what millions of people are supposed to do until the june payment.

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