LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak said 110,000 self-employed people had applied for a new income support scheme as of 1100 GMT on Wednesday, the day of its launch.
Millions of British self-employed workers are now able to apply for one-off grants of up to 7,500 pounds ($9,210), as part of a government assistance package for people whose businesses are affected by the coronavirus.
“By noon today, we’d already received 110,000 claims for our Self-Employed Income Support Scheme. These grants will all be paid by the 25th,” Sunak said on Twitter.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison)