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 four sets of grants in the scheme. Claims for the first (SEISS 1) could be made from 13th May until 13th July, while the second and third (SEISS 2 and SEISS 3) ran from 17th August to 19th October and 30th November to 29th January respectively. Claims for the fourth grant (SEISS 4) opened on 22nd April. Eligible workers could claim in all four periods.

HMRC has published regular updates of local data. The latest release includes information about SEISS 4 claims up to the end of 6th June and also includes, for the first time, information about the number of distinct workers who have claimed. Final statistics for SEISS 1, SEISS 2 and SEISS 3 were available in earlier releases from HMRC. According to the latest release:

  • Just over 41,000 self-employed workers in the North East LEP area had made SEISS 4 claims by 6th June
  • this compares to, respectively, 46,000 SEISS 3 claims, 49,000 SEISS 2 claims and 55,000 SEISS 1 claims
  • the latest total represents a North East take-up rate of 58.8% to 6th June, slightly higher than England's (58.2%) 
  • the North East take-up rates for SEISS 1 to 3 claims were, respectively,  77%, 70% and 65%
  • in all three cases the North East take-up rate was higher than nationally
  • overall, 60,400 North East self-employed workers had claimed in one or more of the sets of grants up to 6th June
  • this was about 85% of eligible workers in the initial grant, similar to the percentage in England as a whole.

Within the North East

  • the SEISS 4 take-up rates to 6th June were highest in South Tyneside (64%) and Sunderland (62%) and lowest in Northumberland (53%)
  • South Tyneside and Sunderland have the highest percentages of eligible workers who have claimed at least one grant (87%)
  • at a constituency level, SEISS 4 take-up rates were highest in Newcastle upon Tyne Central, North Tyneside and Sunderland Central (all 66%)
  • across SEISS 1 to 4, take-up rates have been highest in Houghton and Sunderland South (90%) and Blyth Valley (89%)
  • at least 82% of eligible workers claimed at least one grant in each of the 22 North East constituencies.

Information about claimants within industry sectors is only available at a regional level. In the North East region (including Tees Valley) to 6th June:

  • About a third (33%) of SEISS 4 claimants (where the sector was known) were in the construction sector
  • however this was a smaller percentage than nationally (39%)
  • a further 27% were within either transport and storage (including postal) or personal and membership services (England 22%)
  • these two sectors had the highest SEISS 4 take-up rates in the North East region (73% and 77%, respectively)
  • the North East regional SEISS 4 take-up rate among eligible construction workers was 63%.

Not all self-employed workers were eligible to claim under the scheme. The HMRC statistics indicate that, about a third of those assessed across the UK were classified as ineligible to make SEISS 4 claims.

SEISS claimants, North East local authorities (SEISS grants 1 to 4)

Last updated:
05/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Statistics  [HMRC, last updated on 1 July 2021]

Data information: Totals rounded to the nearest 100. SEISS grant 4 data up to 6th June.


SEISS take-up rates, North East local authorities (SEISS grants 1 to 4)

Last updated:
05/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Statistics  [HMRC, last updated on 1 July 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.  The "SEISS 1 to 4 take-up rate" is the number of distinct claimants of one or more of the four grants expressed as a percentage of those eligible for the first grant.  The SEISS grant 4 data is up to 6th June.


SEISS take up rates, North East constituencies (SEISS grants 1 to 4)

Last updated:
05/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Statistics  [HMRC, last updated on 1 July 2021]

Data information: Rates are calculated from totals rounded to the nearest 100. The latest rates are the number of claimants expressed as the proportion of self-employed people who are eligible for support. The SEISS 1 to 4 rate is the number of distinct individuals supported by the scheme as a percentage of those eligible for the initial scheme. Parliamentary constituencies as at 2019 election.  SEISS grant 4 data up to 6th June.


SEISS 4 claimants by industry (per cent), North East region and England

Last updated:
22/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Statistics  [HMRC, last updated on 1 July 2021]

Data information: SEISS 4 data up to 6th June. Totals are percentages based on data rounded to the nearest 100.  The denominators for these percentages exclude claimants where the industry is "unknown or other" or in the "public administration and defence" sector.

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

Last updated:
22/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Statistics  [HMRC, last updated on 1 July 2021]

Data information: SEISS 4 data up to 6th June. Rates are based on data rounded to the nearest 100.  Only the take-up rates for the 12 sectors with the highest number of claimants in the region are shown.  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.