The Prime Minister has announced that Self-employed workers will be able to claim government support worth 80% of trading profits during the upcoming lockdown in England.

Under the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS), eligible workers can currently claim a grant to cover 40 per cent of their average earnings from last year to cover a period of three months, capped at £3,750. 

A new grant at the will open for applications from the end of November. It will cover 80 per cent of trading profits for that month, during which England is in lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The government will continue to do everything possible to support jobs and livelihoods in the next four weeks, as we have throughout.

“We protected almost 10 million jobs and we’re now extending the scheme throughout November.

“We’ve already paid out £13.7bn to help the self-employed and I can announce today that, for November, we will double our support from 40% to 80% of trading profits.