Holidaysplease is setting up a £100,000 support fund which can be accessed by any of its homeworkers who experience financial difficulty as a result of the coronavirus.

All Holidaysplease homeworkers will be eligible to apply and any amounts allocated will be based on the personal circumstances of each person.

Charles Duncombe, director of Holidaysplease.co.uk, said: “With a number of customers claiming refunds at the moment some homeworkers are finding that commission we have previously advanced them, is having to be clawed back. So we have set up this fund to help alleviate this and show our team that we are committed to them through thick and thin.”

Duncombe said more details on the scheme were being worked on but would depend on any further government announcements to support self-employed people, which are expected in the coming days.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Friday that self-assessment income tax payments for July 2020 would be deferred for six months, but promised “further announcements” to help people who work for themselves after coming under pressure from the sector.