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Coronavirus: Newly self-employed hardship fund

A hardship fund for the newly self-employed has opened for applications. 

    The purpose of this fund is to provide hardship relief to newly self-employed individuals who have not been able to access support through other schemes or have exhausted all other avenues for business support.

    Successful individuals who became self-employed on / after 6 April 2019 can apply to access a one-off payment of £2,000.

    Individuals may only apply once and only in the Local Authority area they reside in.

    This payment is a grant and not a loan. A grant awarded in respect of valid application therefore does not need to be refunded by the recipient.

    If you receive the grant you can continue to work or take on other employment including voluntary work.

    Apply online