Can I claim the second Self Employment Support Grant ?

You will be able to apply from 17th August 2020

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and all of the following apply:

  • you traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted your Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year
  • you traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
  • you intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
  • you carry on a trade which has been adversely affected by coronavirus

Your business could be adversely affected by coronavirus if, for example:

  • you’re unable to work because you:
    • are shielding
    • are self-isolating
    • are on sick leave because of coronavirus
    • have caring responsibilities because of coronavirus
  • you’ve had to scale down or temporarily stop trading because:
    • your supply chain has been interrupted
    • you have fewer or no customers or clients
    • your staff are unable to come in to work
  • Adversely affected examples

    The scenarios below help explain when you would be ‘adversely affected’ for the first grant, and for the second grant if you’ve been ‘adversely affected’ on or after 14 July 2020.To receive a grant all other conditions would also need to be met.Scenario 1

    A builder worked on a very small building site and was still able to go to work throughout the pandemic as she was able to work within the social distancing rules.

    Adversely affectedIs the condition met?
    First grantNo
    Second grantNo

    Reason

    As the builder’s trade was not adversely affected by coronavirus she is not eligible to claim either grant.

    Scenario 2

    A builder was unable to find work from March 2020 to September 2020 because of the government restrictions on building sites and the economic impact of the pandemic on the companies she worked for.

    Adversely affectedIs the condition met?
    First grantYes
    Second grantYes

    Reason

    As the builder’s business was adversely affected by coronavirus before and, on or after 14 July 2020, she is eligible to claim both grants.

    Scenario 3

    A builder worked on short-term contracts on different building sites. She only had half the work she would normally have in April 2020 and May 2020 because some of the building sites were closed. She was able to work as normal from June 2020 because the building sites reopened.

    Adversely affectedIs the condition met?
    First grantYes
    Second grantNo

    Reason

    As the builder’s business was adversely affected by coronavirus before 14 July 2020 she is eligible to claim the first grant. However, her business was not adversely affected by coronavirus on or after 14 July 2020 so she is not eligible to claim the second grant.

    Scenario 4

    A builder was able to work as normal from February 2020 to August 2020 because she works on small house extensions which are completely outdoors. However, she caught coronavirus in August 2020, meaning she was unable to work for 6 weeks while she recovered.

    Adversely affectedIs the condition met?
    First grantNo
    Second grantYes

    Reason

    As the builder was able to work as normal and not adversely affected until after 14 July 2020 she is not eligible to claim the first grant. Her business was adversely affected by coronavirus in August 2020 when she was unable to work for 6 weeks so she is eligible to claim the second grant.

    Scenario 5

    A shop owner closed his shop from March 2020 to 14 June 2020. He reopened his shop on 15 June 2020, but the number of customers he could serve was lower because of the social distancing rules. He also had increased costs due to buying protective equipment.

    Adversely affectedIs the condition met?
    First grantYes
    Second grantYes

    Reason

    As the shop was closed his business was adversely affected by coronavirus before 14 July 2020 so he was eligible to claim the first grant. His business was also adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020 because the number of customers were significantly lower and increased costs for protective equipment he was also eligible to claim the second grant.

    Scenario 6

    A builder was due to start a 3-month project building a house extension in August 2020. However, this contract was cancelled on 15 April 2020 because the owner of the house had been impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic. The builder incurred additional costs to find new work. From June 2020 onwards, after building sites opened, she was able to work as normal.

    Adversely affectedIs the condition met?
    First grantYes
    Second grantNo

    Reason

    As the builder’s contract was cancelled in April 2020, she was adversely affected by coronavirus before 14 July 2020 so she was eligible to claim the first grant. She resumed work as normal from June 2020 and was able to find other work. Her business was not adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020, so she was not eligible to claim the second grant.

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