Self employed hardship grants


27th May 2020

More than 120 newly launched small businesses have been supported by hardship grants in Dundee since the scheme was launched.

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: “It is critical that as many people who are eligible for this grant as possible make an application.

“The one-off payment of £2000 each could be the difference between someone’s livelihood continuing or going under.

“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.

A total of 125 grants totalling £250,000 have been made since the scheme was launched on April 30.

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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