Self Employed Hardship Grants


13th May 2020

A recently launched scheme to support newly self-employed people has handed out more than 50 hardship grants in Dundee.

The grants are for newly self-employed people who have lost business to COVID-19, are facing financial hardship and are ineligible for other avenues of COVID-19 government support.

To be eligible applicants must have become self-employed on or after 6 April 2019, demonstrate that they were actively trading up to March 2020, are not be in receipt of other forms of COVID-19 business support or in receipt of working age benefits, and do not have access to sufficient savings or other sources of income to meet basic needs.

Alan Ross convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “With only a small number of businesses eligible these grants have supported 56 local self-employed people who do not qualify for any other kind of support.

“The one-off payment of £2000 each could be the difference between sustaining their small enterprise and having to watch their entrepreneurial dreams evaporate through no fault of their own.

“Our economy is a rich mix of all shapes and sizes of businesses and self-employed people are a valuable and valued element of it.
“I would urge anyone who thinks they might be eligible to have a look on our website to check whether they are and if so to apply as soon as possible.”

Detailed information on the fund is available from while an application can be made at 

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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