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3 March, 2021 Open access

Government announces extension of coronavirus job retention and self-employment support schemes until end of September 2021

Budget 2021 also confirms eligibility for self-employment support will be extended to include people who have filed a tax return for the 2019/2020 tax year

The government has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be extended until the end of September 2021.

In today's Budget 2021, the government sets out how it is extending its economic support during the Covid-19 outbreak, saying its plans -

'... reflect the cautious easing of social distancing rules and the reopening of the economy in the government’s roadmap. Support in the Budget reflects the easing of restrictions to enable the private sector to bounce back as quickly as possible.'

In relation to support for individuals and businesses provided through the CJRS, the government says it will extend provision beyond its current end date of 30 April 2021, confirming at paragraph 2.14 of the Budget 2021 document that -

In relation to the SEISS, the government confirms details of the previously announced fourth tranche of grants, which will notionally cover the three-month period from 1 February 2021 to 30 April 2021, and a new fifth grant covering May to September 2021.

In addition, the Budget documents, and a policy paper also published today, provide details of the eligibility and payment rules for the two new SEISS grants that include that -

For more information, see Budget 2021: documents from