CORONAVIRUS AND WEST EDINBURGH – UPDATE 7 26/03/2020

CORONAVIRUS AND WEST EDINBURGH – UPDATE 7 26/03/2020
Today’s developments: Support Package for the self employed; more on Business support; New COVID-19 helpline for those with mild symptoms; self isolation graphic

SUPPORT FOR THE SELF EMPLOYED

The chancellor has just announced a package of support for the Self Employed, similar to that which he announced for salaried workers last week.

The new Self Employed Workers Income Support Scheme will PAY SELF EMPLOYED WORKERS 80% OF MONTHLY PROFIT AVERAGED OVER THE PAST 3 YEARS UP TO £2.5K PCM for the next three months with an option to extend based on the circumstances.

This will be limited to those with a trading profit up to £50k and to those who earn the majority of their incomes on a self employed basis.

To prevent fraud, qualification for the scheme will be contingent on a valid 2019 tax return. (Those who had missed the filing deadline will have 4 weeks from today to fill in a valid return to allow them to qualify for the scheme.

As with the Job retention scheme this is to be accessed through the HMRC website via www.gov.uk

The chancellor hinted at a review of the tax rates paid by the self-employed in the future.

BUSINESS SUPPORT CENTRAL WEBSITE:

The Government has drawn together all the new COVID-19 support packages for business in one central location: www.businesssupport.gov.uk

NEW HELPLINE ESTABLISHED FOR THOSE WITH NON URGENT COVID 19 SYMPTOMS

The 111 service is under considerable strain, PLEASE ONLY DIAL 111 IF YOUR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS ARE SEVERE AND YOU ARE STRUGGLING TO BREATHE. For those with non acute symptoms the Scottish Government has established a new COVID-19 helpline:
0800 028 2816

For all other medical issues, unrelated to COVID-19, do not call 111. Call your GP. They are still dealing with normal health care needs but the means of getting help to you might be considerably different than usual.

SELF ISOLATION GRAPHIC FOR FAMILIES:
You may find the graphic below useful should you, a family member or a flatmate develop Covid-19 symptoms. A new persistent cough and/or fever.

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