The Lifetime ISA allows those aged between 18 and 40 to save for a new home or for their retirement. Under the scheme, the government provides a 25% bonus on yearly savings of up to £4,000 and once you start saving before you are 40, you can continue using the scheme until you turn 50. The money held in a Lifetime ISA can be used to purchase a first home worth up to £450,000 anywhere in the UK or withdrawn tax-free after your 60th birthday.
The Bounce Back Loans scheme first announced by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, in late April was launched on 4 May 2020. The new scheme allows small businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash in most cases within 24 hours of approval.
As we have written previously, if you are self-employed and qualify for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme you will receive a cash grant from HMRC based on 80% of profits, up to £2,500 per month. The initial grant will be for the three months, from 1 March through to the end of May 2020, but could be extended for a longer period. You can only make a claim if your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.