Updates on second self-employment income support scheme and fines for not wearing a face mask

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The second Self Employment Income Support Scheme is now open. If you’re eligible and your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020, you must make your claim for the second grant on or before 19 October 2020.  You can make your claim here:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme

The government has issued guidance today regarding whether your business has been adversely affected due to coronavirus (COVID-19) in terms of making a claim for the support, examples and what records you need to keep if you make a claim.  You can find the guidance here:


Fine issued for failing to wear a face covering

Blackburn police have issued a fine of £100 on Saturday to a member of the public who refused to wear a face covering while inside a shop in the town centre. 

In a statement, the Police said: “We have been supporting local businesses and security officers in the town centre and The Mall, in ensuring customers are wearing face coverings as required.  Whilst it is reassuring to see the vast majority of people wearing a face coverings, unfortunately one member of the public refused to wear one when requested and refused to comply with requests to leave the area.   

“Whatever your opinion on the legislation and whatever seeming quirks or anomalies it appears to throw up, the rules are there for good reason; to protect us all from the coronavirus that has taken many of our friends and family, and is still very prevalent in our local community. 

“The advice is simple; follow the rules and help us bring an end to these restrictions, that none of us like, as soon as possible.” 

You can find more details here:


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