SEISS payments

For self-employed taxpayers who qualify and who have applied, payments are coming through.

There are a few issues still to resolve: in particular a very small number of clients incorrectly shown as ineligible. These are gradually being corrected, but although these are minor glitches in what is overall an efficient new system, this is a stressful time for anyone whose claim has been held up.

Creative and performing arts are among the hardest hit industries at present, but the self employed are resourceful folk. I am impressed at how quickly many clients have adapted to give performances or deliver lessons online, or to continue with writing or coaching during these different circumstances. (Here, the kitchen is now doubling as a venue for guitar lessons via zoom.) Also, where some are looking at other job routes, it is fascinating to learn what other talents and interests they have. I may end up with a client portfolio including bakers, gardeners and electricians.

A question mark hangs over whether the welcome but limited support offered to the self employed will be extended. The new taskforce for Cultural Recovery and Renewal is a promising step, but this will not be a swift process.