About 6 million people in Britain are self-employed or are contract workers aka freelancers, making up over 15% of the overall workforce. During this period of self-isolation, financial worries are affecting us most. Here are some things to consider.
We would like to advise every freelancer who is in need of financial assistance to claim Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance by the UK government. (find the link below)
𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁? 𝗔𝗺 𝗜 𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁?
The budget explains that those who are not eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SPP), such as self-employed people or those earning below the Lower Earnings Limit of £118 per week, can now “more easily make a claim for Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance”.
The document explains: “For the duration of the outbreak, the requirements of the Universal Credit Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed for those who have COVID-19 or are self-isolating according to government advice, ensuring self-employed claimants will receive support.”
It also states that people will be able to claim Universal Credit and access advance payments upfront “without the current requirement to attend a jobcentre, because of self-isolation”.
To apply for any of the listed above please visit: https://linktr.ee/wishuapp