Self employed income support: key things installers need to know

Yesterday (26 March) Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his highly anticipated coronavirus (COVID-19) rescue package for the self-employed. Spencer Clark, commercial director at Vaillant, outlines the key things those working in the plumbing and heating industry need know.

Last week (20 March) the government announced that it would pay 80% of employees' wages up to a monthly maximum of £2,500. Since then, the country’s five million plus self-employed workers have been waiting to hear if they will receive a similar level of support.

Now the Chancellor has confirmed that self-employed people across the UK will be able to claim a grant equivalent to 80% of their income, based on their average monthly profits – again, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.

According to government guidance, to be eligible for the scheme you must:

  • Be self-employed or a member of partnership;
  • Have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19;
  • File a tax return for 2018/19 as self-employed or a member of a trading partnership.
  • Have traded in 2019/20; be currently trading at the point of application (or would be except for COVID-19) and intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020/21
  • Have trading profits of less than £50,000 with more than half of your total income coming from self-employment. This must have been the case for either your 2018/19 tax return or the average of your 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 tax returns (or both).

For more information on claiming a grant through the Self Employed Income Support Scheme visit

For general advice and support for businesses on COVID-19, visit