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Coronavirus: Employment support and financial help

Income support for the self-employed

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will allow the self-employed to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.

  • HMRC will contact you if you are eligible for the scheme and invite you to apply online

Find out more about the scheme on the government website

Income support for PAYE employees who are currently furloughed (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is for UK employers with a PAYE scheme whose operations are severely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

The scheme will help employees who have been asked to stop working but who are being kept on the pay roll; otherwise known as furloughed workers. HMRC will reimburse 80% of their wages, up to £2,500 a month.

  • Employers will be able to apply for the scheme online using the government website. It is expected that the online service will be available at the end of April.

Employers can find out more and make a claim under the scheme on the government website

Help with Council Tax and Benefits

Our Council Tax, Revenues and Benefits service is administered by LGSS. For up-to-date information on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is affecting Council Tax and Benefits services, please visit the LGSS website.

Help to find a job

We have two employment support schemes that may be able to help you if you are looking for work.

Seasonal food harvesting opportunities

As a result of the business impact of COVID-19, UK harvesting bodies have recognised that many people are looking for work. Below are links to several websites with numerous seasonal vacancies available during harvesting season: