National Audit Office Estimates 2.9 million self employed not eligible for Govt’s Covid support schemes

A National Audit Office report issued 23 October 2020 has estimated that up to 2.9 million self employed people havn’t been eligible for the Government’s Covid support schemes. (Para 14).

1.6 million self employed were excluded from the SEISS scheme because their trading profits in 2018/19 were less than half their total income, or losses were made, or profits were over £50,000. These criteria were only enforced for self employed and not employees, which was, apparently a ministerial decision.