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United Kingdom government relief guide

As part of our global efforts to help support drivers and couriers during the COVID-19 crisis, Uber is working to gather up-to-date information about government financial support that you may be eligible for, and how you can request it.

In this guide, we’ll help answer important questions and provide access to resources to help you apply.¹

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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - extension

The Government has announced an extension to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

The SEISS Grant Extension will provide two additional grants, each available for three-month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.

The first extension payment will cover 80% of average monthly trading profits for the 3 months, November 2020 to January 2021. The maximum grant will be £7,500.

How do I know if I am eligible?

The Government has explained that you will be eligible for the scheme if you’re self-employed and you:

  • have been previously eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme first and second grant (although you do not have to have claimed the previous grants)
  • declare that you intend to continue to trade and either: i) are currently actively trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus, OR ii) were previously trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus

How do I apply?

The online claims service is expected to be available from 30th November 2020.

When will I receive the grant money?

The Government has previously indicated that grant payments will be made within six working days of completing a claim.

 

We will be monitoring government guidance on support for the self-employed to see if there is anything more we can do to help.

This guide is intended to give you a summary of the guidance. Please ensure you look at the government guidance directly for the latest information.

Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme

The Government has announced a support payment scheme for those asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, and who are on a low income and will lose income as a result.

Under the scheme, you may be entitled to a payment of £500. The scheme will run until 31st January 2021.

Please head to the GOV.UK website for more details and to find out if you’re eligible.

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Scottish Government Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

The Scottish Government has announced a new support fund aimed at those who live in Scotland, are newly self-employed and are not eligible for the UK Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

For those eligible, grants of £2,000 will be available. Applications will open in late April and grants will be paid out in May.

We will be monitoring government guidance and will provide updates once there are details about the application process.

Universal Credit

As well as the new Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, you may also be eligible for Universal Credit, which is a monthly benefit payment from the government to help you pay for your living costs.

If, due to COVID-19, you are earning less than you usually do from driving or delivering, and are facing increased financial pressure, then you should check to see if you are eligible for Universal Credit.

The government has increased the amount of support available, making it easier for anyone who is self-employed to qualify.

Extension for paying your Self-Assessment tax bill

If you are due to be making a Self-Assessment payment on account to HMRC on 31 July 2020, then you can delay this payment until 31 January 2021. This is an automatic offer with no applications required.

Find more information on whether payments on account are applicable to you here.

Find out more about deadlines for paying your Self-Assessment tax bill here

Frequently asked questions

  • HMRC has said it will contact everyone who is eligible for this scheme with the necessary steps for how to apply.

  • If you are found to be eligible, the scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your net earnings, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for three months.

  • The government has indicated that the first payments will start by June.

  • Yes, the grant will be treated as part of your taxable income in your 2020–21 tax return.

  • Yes, the £50,000 cut-off is on self-employed trading profits. As long as your profits (i.e. after deducting expenses like your car, insurance and fuel) are not above £50,000, you can still be eligible.

  • Yes, if you started submitting Self-Assessment tax returns between 2016 and 2019 (or are about to file your 2018–19 Self-Assessment tax return before 23 April 2020), then HMRC will use the years that are available.

  • Those who have been self-employed for less than 12 months are not eligible for the SEISS. If this applies to you, you should look at applying for Universal Credit instead.