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.
The UK Government has launched a new 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 are also links to devolved business support for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced further support for freelancers and the self-employed on 26 March 2020 in the form of the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
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.
The Irish Government has similarly introduced a range of measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Information is also available for getting a welfare payment during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
This webpage was last updated on 11 May 2020.