COVID-19 and Support for Businesses, Employees and Self-Employed

We understand that many self-employed and/or seasonal workers will be feeling anxious at this time. We wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Treasury to argue that freelancers and sole traders need to be supported through the unprecedented events and uncertainty of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, as has been set out for businesses and employees, and are pleased to see this coming forward.

CIEEM Insurance Services (provided by MFL Ltd) have provided the following useful documents:

Members may also find the following information useful:

Members also have access to the Membership Assistance Programme (MAP) in the members’ area of the website. The MAP offers a wealth of online resources and guidance, as well as a free confidential telephone Adviceline. This enables you to discuss any problem(s) you may have with someone who is trained to listen. They may suggest avenues for support or action you could take or, if suitable, put you in touch with a counsellor. The MAP also offers access to practical advice and information on debt, legal issues, and finance and tax, as well as family care and support.

UK Support

The UK Government has a Coronavirus Financial Support website. The site collates the full range of business support measures that have been made available to UK businesses and employees. It includes how to access the support, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply. There is also information on support for new parents.

Further support and advice for businesses are available for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

On 10 April 2020, the Welsh Government released information regarding eligibility for support from the new Economic Resilience Fund. There is also specific funding support for the third sector and small charities.

Information regarding claiming tax relief for homeworking can be found on the UK Government website and on the MoneySavingExpert blog.

The UK Government has published information on VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Specific advice for self-employed and small limited companies can also be found on the MoneySavingExpert website (updated 1 February 2021).

Ireland Support

The Irish Government has similarly introduced a range of measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and support for businesses.

Information is also available for getting a welfare payment during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.


This webpage was last updated on 4 February 2021.