Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today (March 26) told the self-employed "you have not been forgotten", during an announcement to explain they will be paid in line with furloughed workers.
Earlier this week, the House of Commons Public Bill Committee has put forward an amendment to the Coronavirus Bill to support freelancers and self-employed people through the outbreak of COVID-19
The amendment, titled ‘Statutory Self-Employment Pay’, meant government would ‘top up’ the earnings of self-employed people and freelancers - up to 80 percent of their monthly net earnings, averaged over the previous three years, or £2,917 per month. The figure payable will be whichever is the lower of the two.
Sunak has now confirmed government will pay self-employed people, affected by the coronavirus outbreak, a grant of up to £2,500 per month - or 80 percent of their average monthly profits over the previous three years, in alignment with how the government will reimburse employers in relation to furloughed workers.