HMRC invites people to apply for the Self-Employment Support Scheme

HMRC invites people to apply for the Self-Employment Support Scheme

There have been some organisations and representatives in the UK who feel that the eligibility rules for SEISS are too stringent and restrictive.

Matt Dowling, the CEO and founder of Freelancer Club, comments on today’s news and calls for the state to extend and expedite the rules: “Today marks the final nail in the coffin for many freelancers. With the self-employed and freelancers now able to check their eligibility for SEISS, we predict up to two million will have their worst fears spelled out on their screens.

“Some of the most vulnerable and hardworking people in our society will be met with the words: ‘You are not eligible’.

“Many of these people were hit hardest and earliest during this crisis, with huge numbers having been unable to work for several weeks now.

“For millions of freelancers, this support was their only lifeline. They are scrambling to care for families, pay off student loans and scrape together rent, but today will have confirmed that no help will be arriving.

“They have been utterly abandoned simply because they’ve earned too little, too much, or not been self-employed for long enough – falling through the myriad cracks in this new system.

Published at Tue, 05 May 2020 06:08:00 +0000