Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The number and percentage of self-employed workers supported by the SEISS.

The Government introduced the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to aid self-employed workers during the coronavirus outbreak. There have been three tranches of the scheme. Claims for the first (SEISS 1) could be made from 13th May until 13th July, while the second (SEISS 2) ran from 17th August to 19th October. Claims for the third tranche (SEISS 3) opened on 30th November and closed on 29th January. Eligible workers could claim in all three tranches.

HMRC has published regular updates of local data. The latest release includes information about SEISS 3 claims up to the end of January and final data for both SEISS 1 and SEISS 2. According to this release:

  • About 46,000 self-employed workers in the North East LEP area had made SEISS 3 claims by the end of January
  • this compares to, respectively, just over 49,000 SEISS 2 claims and just under 55,000 SEISS 1 claims
  • these totals represented, respectively,  65 per cent, 70 per cent and 77 per cent of the eligible population
  • the latest North East take-up rate was the same as nationally, while the equivalents in the first two tranches were slightly higher
  • within the North East, the take-up rate was highest in Sunderland and lowest in Northumberland in all three tranches
  • all North East constituencies had at least 2,000 SEISS 1 claims, 1,800 or more SEISS 2 claims and at least 1,700 SEISS 3 claims

Information about claimants within industry sectors is only available at a regional level. In the North East region (including Tees Valley):

  • Almost 30 per cent of SEISS 3 claimants to the end of January were in the construction sector
  • however this was a smaller percentage than nationally (just under 35 per cent)
  • a further 21 per cent were within either transport and storage (including postal) or personal and membership services (England 18 per cent)
  • these three sectors had the highest SEISS 3 take-up rates in the North East, along with the smaller education self-employment sector.

Not all self-employed workers were eligible to claim under the scheme. The HMRC statistics indicate that, about 33 per cent of those assessed in the North East region were classified as ineligible to make SEISS 3 claims. This is about 46,000 self-employed workers in total and a slightly higher proportion than nationally. Across the UK, rates of eligibility were particularly low among self-employed workers in agriculture, forestry and fishing; health; and professional, scientific and technical activities.

SEISS claimants, North East local authorities (SEISS 1,2 and 3)

Last updated:
28/02/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Statistics  [HMRC, last updated on 25 Feb 2021]

Data information: Totals are rounded to the nearest 100. 


SEISS take-up rates, North East local authorities (SEISS 1,2 and 3)

Last updated:
28/02/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Statistics  [HMRC, last updated on 25 Feb 2021]

Data information: Rates are calculated from totals rounded to the nearest 100 and are the number of claimants expressed as the proportion of self-employed people who are eligible for support


SEISS claimants, North East constituencies (SEISS 1,2 and 3)

Last updated:
28/02/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Statistics  [HMRC, last updated on 25 Feb 2021]

Data information: Totals are rounded to the nearest 100.  Current Parliamentary constituencies.


SEISS 3 claimants by industry (per cent), North East region and England

Last updated:
01/03/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Statistics  [HMRC, last updated on 25 Feb 2021]

Data information: Totals are percentages based on data rounded to the nearest 100.  The North East region includes the North East and Tees Valley LEP areas. Some industry names have been renamed from the original dataset to aid clarity.


SEISS 3 take-up rates by industry sector, North East region and England

Last updated:
28/02/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Statistics  [HMRC, last updated on 25 Feb 2021]

Data information: Rates are based on totals rounded to the nearest 100.   The North East region includes the North East and Tees Valley LEP areas. Some industry names have been renamed from the original dataset to aid clarity.  Only the take-up rates for the 12 sectors with the highest number of claimants in the region are shown.