Martin Gurney, a Tax Partner at Haines Watts Swindon, told Express.co.uk: “It is only fair that the Government should seek to revisit the eligibility criteria to ensure that significantly all those adversely impacted are appropriately supported.
“They [the Government] are highly unlikely, in my opinion, to fundamentally alter the basis of claims – the relative speed and simplicity of the current system is likely to prevail, potentially with some movement on the eligibility criteria to recognise that the historic reference/reporting period needs to be brought forwards to prevent unfair exclusion of newer claimants.
“Whilst I recognise that typically people want more support, with broader eligibility criteria and for longer, I do not realistically expect that to materialise.
“The Government will be aiming to withdraw the schemes as soon as practical in order to then proceed with measures to pay for that support and rebalance the economy.
“As a result, I do not expect there to be any fundamental changes to the support packages – the Government will be hoping that the lockdown and immunisation strategy will enable us to re-enter free circulation and return to sustainable levels of work activity such that they can focus on the economy.”