Self-employed workers have welcomed the chancellor’s aid to see them through the coronavirus crisis – but there are concerns that some freelancers won’t see any money.

Rishi Sunak said the government would pay up to £2,500 a month in grants to freelancers affected by the pandemic.

The payments will be worth 80 per cent of their average monthly profits over the past three years.

But the money may not arrive until June and there was nothing for those who have only gone self-employed recently, or who operate as limited companies.

Sam Platten, a self-employed virtual assistant based in Durweston, said: “I think overall it’s a relatively fair way to do it. There is no way to find a ‘one size fits all’ solution.

“However, I know many like myself, who have only become self-employed within 10-12 months who won’t be entitled to anything, which is frustrating and sad.

“I’m one of those fortunate enough to be able to still work – if I can find the work – which is more of a challenge. I feel more for those I know however – such as tradespeople, cleaners and photographers to name a few – who rely on being in close proximity to others or in others’ homes. At least, though, we are all in this together so can hopefully do our best to support each other.”

Nicola Bailey, Dorset development manager for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “This is a time of national emergency, and it is very welcome that the government has listened to FSB and responded with a multi-billion-pound package to support the most financially vulnerable entrepreneurs, and to do so through the self-assessment system.”

She added: “Although the deal is not perfect, the government has moved a very long way.

“This is an incredibly challenging situation for everyone. While the healthcare response is paramount, overcoming the economic disruption also requires a speedy response in the interests of jobs and future growth.”