Coronavirus has caused the United Kingdom to go on lockdown, with many self-employed workers left without an income as they are forced to stay home.
According to reports from government sources, setting up this system is much more complicated for self-employed people given that their incomes are often irregular and some are not on PAYE schemes.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that freelancers and contractors will be able to claim up to 80pc of their earnings from the state if they can prove they have been adversely affected by coronavirus.
In his speech, the chancellor is expected to address issues surrounding the self-employed, many of whom are still unsure about the support they will receive if they decide against going to work during the coronavirus pandemic.
The government also announced tenants would be protected from eviction for at least three months.
The income support scheme, which is being designed by HMRC from scratch, will cover the three months to May.
In addition to this, those who are self-employed will be able to access the Business Interruption Loan and can also apply for full universal credit.
Mr Sunak said that 95pc of self-employed workers would benefit.
The new taxable grant will be available for three months and Sunak says will be extended if research shows it needs to be.
To be eligible for the grant those who are self-employed need to have a trading profit of up to £50,000 per year, earn the majority of their income through self-employment and will need to have had a tax return for 2019.
Self-employed people are a crucial part of the UK's workforce who've understandably been looking for reassurance and support during this national emergency.
The Chancellor said "it provides an unprecedented level of support for self-employed people".
John Ellmore, Director of KnowYourMoney.co.uk told Express.co.uk of Mr Sunak's announcement: "Yet another bold move by the Chancellor".
"Regardless of one's political leaning, the government's determination to "do whatever it takes" to get the United Kingdom through COVID-19 is certainly admirable". More than that, it is only open to those whose self-employed work makes up the majority of their income.
"Whilst understandable, this support might have come too late for some".
"Many freelancers and self-employed people will already be seeing their finances stretched to breaking point".