CORONAVIRUS FREELANCER FINANCIAL SUPPORT RESOURCES
For Freelancers, Self-employed and Unemployed
This page was last updated 20/03/2020.
This is an uncertain time for all of us and if you are a freelancer, self-employed or have lost your job I understand you must be very worried. Below is a list of resources, funds and advice lines that might help
with finances, mental health, and finding work. They are by no means exhaustive and I want to crowdsource as much as I can so if you wish to contribute or amend anything please email me at email@example.com.
In particular I would like to see more information about supporting people with children and families
Freelancers are a resilient bunch who are well acquainted with uncertainty and together we will pull through. This is the perfect time to incubate new ideas, tweak that portfolio or learn new skills.
Government Protection for Renters and Landlords
ESA and Universal Credit
You may be able to get New-style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA):
• If you are a self-employed person remaining at home, but not working on government advice
• If you are an employee remaining at home, but not working on government advice and earning less than £118pw
You will get this from day-one of your self-isolation. New-style Employment and Support Allowance is based on your national insurance contribution record.
People who need to claim ESA because of coronavirus will not have to produce a fit note.
If you’re employed but your earnings are too low to claim Statuary Sick Pay, you may be able to claim Universal Credit.
You will no longer have to go to the Jobcentre Plus to claim Universal Credit if you’re advised to self-isolate.
Don’t delay making a claim for benefits, even if you think you might have been affected by coronavirus.
However, if you are already getting any of these benefits being replaced by Universal Credit:
Employment and Support Allowance
And need to make a claim for Universal Credit because of coronavirus, check with the Citizens Advice Help to Claim service as soon as possible to find out how they might be affected and to get advice about your situation.
Application for Employment Support Allowance
Scottish Welfare Fund - offers a Crisis Grant
Film & TV Charity - offers emergency grants and have set up a helpline
HMRC Helpline for businesses:
BECTU – trade union for workers in media and entertainment
advice for Freelancers
Equity Union for Creative Practitioners
Facebook Theatre Workers Support Group
Theatre Worker Charities and Support Lines
Association of Charitible Organisations - lists of other charities
Mutual Aid Groups - Grass Roots self-organising to help the most vulnerable people
Mental Health Support
Creative England and our sister company, Creative Industries Federation, are calling on the government to provide a Temporary Income Protection Fund for freelancers at risk from the fallout of COVID-19.
Please support this movement by adding your name to our open letter as a signatory!
Petition the governement for Freelancer Sick Pay
Sign this petition to Include self-employed in statutory sick pay during Coronavirus
Institute of Independent Professionals and Self-Employed
are lobbying the government to provide an emergency fund for the self employed
Freelancers Facebook Support Group
Remote Work Jobseeking Resources
50 jobs for 50 creative freelancers:
Working From Home
Useful guidance about working from home (if you can)
Other Resources, Advice and Guides
An excellent bank of support resources