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Covid-19 Assistance for Individuals and Businesses

This page contains information on COVID-19 assistance available for individuals and businesses. 

Discretionary Support Grant

To help support people who live in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic the Department for Communities has put in place additional short term financial support for living expenses.
Telephone: 0800 587 2750

Make the Call

This service provides an individual benefit, service and support check
Telephone: 0800 232 1271

Covid Community Helpline

A Freephone Helpline has been established to assist those in vulnerable groups to access information, advice and support in relation to COVID-19

Newly Self-Employed Support Scheme 

The Newly Self-Employed Support Scheme will offer an initial one-off taxable grant of £3,500 to newly self-employed individuals (sole traders and those in partnerships) that meet certain criteria

New Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme 

Financial incentive available to all employers to support the recruitment of new apprentices

COVID-19 Charities Fund

A second phase of the COVID-19 Charities Fund will open on 6 January 2021

Business Rates Relief for Retail, Hospitality, Tourism, Leisure and Childcare Sectors

Business rates exemption for full financial year of 2020-21 for sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bounce Back Loan

Government-backed loans for UK-based small and medium-sized businesses ranging from between £2,000 and £50,000. The scheme is open to applications until 31 January 2021

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Grants to self-employed individuals or members of a partnership whose businesses have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)

Deferral of Self Assessment Payment 

The Self Assessment payment on account, that is ordinarily due to be paid to HMRC by 31 July 2020 may be deferred until January 2021

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will repay employers the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to current or former employees


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