Financial support announced for self-employed Energy Assessors
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, has announced financial support for the self-employed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elmhurst wrote to the Chancellor earlier this week to ask that the government urgently implements financial aid for the self-employed, as many of our members operate as sole traders and would undoubtedly be facing some financial pressure during these uncertain times.
The Self-employment Income Support Scheme has been made available for all self-employed who have trading profits up to £50,000 per year. Those within the scheme will recieve 80% of their profits (calculated over the last three financial years) up to a value of £2,500 per month. The Chancellor has also confirmed that access to the scheme is anticipated to be no later than June.
Elmhurst's Managing Director, Martyn Reed, comments: "We are pleased to see that the government has taken a positive step here in providing financial support for self-employed Energy Assessors. Whilst we believe that some Energy Assessors will continue to undertake site visits, we anticipate that most will follow the guidance provided by government, which is to stay at home and travel only when necessary. This payment to the self-employed will certainly go some way to compensate those Energy Assessors who choose to stay at home during this time".
Elmhurst continues to push for government to take a more definitive stance on whether Energy Assessors should be visiting occupied properties. Ultimately the decision to assess a property remains with the Energy Assessor, but we would urge anyone who is undertaking a site visit to read the most up to date advice and guidance provided by government. If in doubt, don’t go out!
For more information about the Self-employment Income Support Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme
Elmhurst's COVID-19 FAQs for Energy Assessors: https://www.elmhurstenergy.co.uk/covid-19-updates