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Coronavirus in Moray: Chancellor details help for self-employed

By Alistair Whitfield

The self-employed will be able to claim a grant from the government worth up to 80% of earnings.

The grant will based on their incomes over the last three years and will have a cap of £2500 per month.

It will only be available to those with average annual profits of £50,000 or less.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced this afternoon that the scheme will begin at the start of June and run for a minimum of three months.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak

MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston, whose constituency includes Moray, claimed the announcement would be a huge relief to many local people.

He also thanked all those who had been in touch with him on the issue and helped make the case for further measures.

Mr Halcro Johnston said: "We have such a strong tradition of self-employment in the north of Scotland, with many people working for themselves.

"Many of these activities have been curtailed, threatening the incomes of thousands of people who don’t have an employer to turn to for help.

"It’s clear that developing these measures has been very challenging. The self-employed sector is complex and the Government has to make sure that the right help gets to the right people.

"That’s why this action by Rishi Sunak is so important and so very welcome.

"We still face a huge task here, and across the country, in tackling this pandemic. "But I hope that these measures will help to alleviate at least some of the worry that so many people will be feeling."


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