The government’s scheme to support the self-employed has today opened for claims, weeks ahead of schedule.

From this morning (13/05), an 80% grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be available for self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been affected by coronavirus.

The scheme is expected to benefit millions, with payments expected to land in accounts within six working days of each claim, the Government has said.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said: "We’re working ahead of time to deliver support to the self-employed and from today, applications open for the millions of people eligible for the scheme.

"With payments arriving before the end of this month, self-employed across the UK will have money in their pockets to help them through these challenging times."