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Coronavirus: Self-employed workers to receive monthly grant, Rishi Sunak announces

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a grant worth 80 per cent of self-employed workers’ average monthly profits up to £2,500 a month during the coronavirus outbreak.

Unveiling the plans at the daily Downing Street press conference, Mr Sunak told hairdressers, childminders and cleaners concerned about losing their livelihoods: “You have not been forgotten”.

Mr Sunak said: “To support those who work for themselves, today I am announcing a new self-employed income support scheme.

“The government will pay self-employed people who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus a taxable grant worth 80 per cent of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2,500 a month.”

The scheme will be open for at least three months, Mr Sunak said, and will be in place no later than the beginning of June.

Mr Sunak described the offer as “one of the most generous in the world”.

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