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Self-employed parents whose trading profits dipped in 2018/19 because they took time out to have children, will be able to claim for a payment under the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has welcomed the latest government announcement.

Policy Development Manager at IPSE, Alasdair Hutchison, said, “This important change resolves an unfair glitch in the system and will help a significant number of self-employed parents claim the support they need.

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“This move also shows it’s possible for the government to be more flexible with the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). It should now be a small step for it to extend this flexibility to other desperate, struggling groups like people who went self-employed in the last year.

“We also urge the government to look again at the issue of freelancers working through limited companies. There are at least 710,000 of these people across the UK who have had little to no support during this crisis. Fewer people than expected have drawn down on SEISS: we now urge the government to use these extra funds give support to this vital and forgotten group.”

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