I must admit I was surprised by this. I can see sense to it in some cases, but there is possibly scope for it to be abused or overly relied on if it's available for that long. At the same time it's a tricky one for the government to try to balance. I wonder if they will now extend support for the self employed too. I also feel bad for those who for whatever reasons slip between the cracks and haven't been able to get the support they deserve and need.