Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing calls to extend the scheme to support self-employed workers throughout the coronavirus crisis.

A cross-party group of 113 MPs wrote to Mr Sunak on Thursday, warning many will not be able to return to work despite easing of lockdown restrictions.

The MPs said those workers, who include many plumbers, builders and hairdressers, "will be left without work and without support" if the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is not extended past Sunday, May 31.

Mr Sunak extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme earlier this month until the end of October preventing mass redundancies across the country for UK workers.

But made no reference to the future of SEISS grants for the self-employed.

The furlough scheme currently sees the UK Government pay for 80 per cent of an employee’s wages, up to the value of £2,500 per month, but that is due to change at the end of July.

The Chancellor confirmed that it will continue to provide the same level of earnings, but has said the UK Government will ask companies to "start sharing" the cost of the scheme from August.

The MPs, who include veteran Conservative Sir Peter Bottomley, wrote: "We are calling on you to ensure that this scheme is continued and to provide details of an extension as soon as possible."

Siobhain McDonagh, the Labour MP who organised the letter, added: "This scheme is a lifeline for millions of locked-down workers right across the country.

"How can it be right for the furloughed scheme to continue but this scheme to not?"

SEISS offers grants worth up to 80 per cent of average trading profits for the self-employed unable to work because of the lockdown.

It is paid in a single instalment, capped at £7,500, to cover three months of lost income.

The Treasury has said that more than £6.8 billion has been claimed through 2.3 million applications to the SEISS.

And at least £15 billion has been claimed from the Job Retention Scheme to cover the wages of 8.4 million workers placed on furlough.

Mr Sunak will announce on Friday, how much businesses will have to begin paying towards the salaries of furloughed staff from the beginning of August.

He is also expected to make an announcement on the future of SEISS.

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What other financial support is available for self-employed workers?

Self-employed and freelance workers may be able to claim Universal Credit, which is calculated on your average income.

Who is eligible for Universal Credit?

To be eligible for Universal Credit you need to be ‘gainfully self-employed’ by meeting several criteria:

How much will I get paid?

Your Universal Credit payment will be based on the earnings you report at the end of each monthly assessment period.

If you’re already getting Universal Credit

Since 30 March 2020, the way your Universal Credit payment is worked out has changed because of coronavirus.

Payments are no longer calculated using an assumed level of earnings, called a Minimum Income Floor. They are now based on your actual earnings.

If your payments were calculated using the Minimum Income Floor, they may change.

Find out more about claiming Universal Credit if you are self-employed on the gov.uk website here.