A package of measures has been offered to the self-employed with the offer of grants of up-to £2,500 being offered. (Also, there has been agreed delay in the payment of VAT, which should help many companies with their cash-flow). This is in-line with what is being offered to companies to furlough their employees. However, there has been a slight difference in presentation of this offer. Employers are being offered sums to pay their employees to safe guard jobs.
Darren was taken on by an employment agency in 2010 to work as a labourer on a major hospital building project in Scotland for which he was paid slightly less than £8 per hour. The agency took his bank details