Self-employed received almost HUF 17 bln of stimulus payments

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More than 76,000 self-employed Hungarians have received almost HUF 17 billion of one-off stimulus payments the government has provided until the end of November in professions hit hardest by pandemic restrictions, state secretary for employment policy Sándor Bodó said on Saturday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The HUF 219,000 payments, equivalent to one month's minimum wage, aimed to support the recovery for self-employed Hungarians working as hairdressers, cosmeticians, tour guides, and driving instructors, among other professions.

Self-employed Hungarians were not eligible for pandemic wage support earlier available to companies with people on payroll.

Hairdressers and cosmeticians accounted for the highest number of applications, submitting more than 30,000 of the forms. There were a high number of applicants in Budapest, in Pest county, in Hajdú-Bihar county, in Győr-Moson-Sopron county and in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county.

The government earlier estimated that 100,000-120,000 self-employed Hungarians were eligible for the stimulus.

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