Accessing Government support for freelancers in Covid-19 crisis
9th April 2020
Tony Lennon, Bectu freelance and research officer, explains financial support available to freelancers in the Covid-19 crisis and how to access it. He was speaking on Friday 3 April 2020 at an online Q&A organised by the Indie Training Fund (ITF), part of ScreenSkills.
The support available depends on whether you work:
- on freelance PAYE contracts
- as a self-employed sole trader
- through a limited company
Tony explains the schemes put in place by the Government including:
- Universal Credit
- Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
- Tax forbearance
- The deferring of IR35
- Job Retention Scheme and furloughing
- Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Questions from those attending
"Do you need to give Universal Credit back to the government?"
"Can I be furloughed if my current freelance PAYE contract has just ended and my next contract was not due to start next week?"
"I operate through a limited company. How would it affect my claim for Self-employment Income Support (SEIS) if I was offered freelance work?"
Bectu represents more than 40,000 staff, contract and freelance workers in the media and entertainment industries. See its Covid-19 (coronavirus) advice.
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