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The self-employed will continue to receive government support under new measures announced by the chancellor. The extension to the Coronavirus Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is designed to protect people in a similar way to employed workers, although some groups will miss out. WHAT HELP HAS BEEN PROVIDED? Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his original package of measures in the spring. If they suffered a loss in income, a taxable grant was paid to the self-employed or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. SEISS was open to those who were trading in the financial year 2018-2019 and who planned to continue doing so, but whose business has been hit by coronavirus. Full story

24 September