Written evidence submitted by Pauline Isherwood
Thank you for inviting evidence from Self Employed people who have been excluded from the Self Employment Grant. Sadly I am in this excluded group.
I worked for 20 years for Shell International and was made redundant with my last day on the 30th March 2018. I was PAYE and paid one month in arrears so I received my final pay check from Shell on the 26th April that included my redundancy. My final PAYE check was for £64,591.83 after deduction. The deduction of PAYE Tax was £27,313.17. I have more than put in to HRMC.
As it was paid in April I recorded this as part of my income for 2018-2019. I started my business on the 5th April 2018 as a trainer and have been doing great business which sadly since the covid 19 all my work has been cancelled.
In 2018-2019 my total income was £ 44,452 therefore I should have received the grant
However, after appeal I was informed by letter
1) Your self employment profit for 2018 – 2019 needs to be at least 50% of your total income for the year. It is irrelevant where the income came from.
Therefore. I am being penalised because of a one off redundancy payment that had nothing to do with my self employed business.
This is so unfair. I am sympathetic that the chancellor had to act swiftly but there should be exceptions. I have had zero income and my savings are running out. Other schemes like furlough don’t penalise people.