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19 April 2021

UK Government


The UK Government has published the 'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021', setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. (22 February 2021)


Business Support

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19). See also


Self-employment support

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) you may be eligible to claim the grant. Details about the fourth grant will be announced on 3 March 2021. (13 May 2020 and updates) 
The Money Saving Expert website has useful advice on applying for this scheme.

For the newly self-employed in Scotland who are ineligible for the above, see the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund which is open for 4 weeks from 15 February 2021.


Advice on working safely and social distancing

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic (11 May 2020 and updates).

For guidance for Scotland, see Coronavirus (COVID-19): creating and maintaining safer workplaces. (15 December 2020 and updates)



Emergency powers, response and travel advice 

Emergency powers. The UK Government published guidance on the Coronavirus Bill (its emergency powers legislation) on 17 March 2020: What the Coronavirus Bill will do. The Bill received Royal Assent and became law on 25 March 2020: see the UK Parliament website.

UK Government response

FCDO foreign travel advice