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COVID-19: Guidance for freelancers and self-employed

Covid Support

June 4, 2020

Words by Angelica Bomford

With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, information and advice from government is constantly being updated. 

We have collated advice from across the sector to provide guidance to those in the creative industries who are affected by the Coronavirus and its fallout. 

We will be updating this webpage regularly as the situation develops. If you would like to add any guidance or resources from your organisation, please email

The Chancellor’s announcement to support self employed individuals

The Federation’s statement following the announcement

Sign our petition calling for a Temporary Income Protection Fund for Freelancers and Self Employed

Our open letter to the Prime Minister on a Temporary Income Protection Fund for Freelancers and Self-Employed 

Our open letter to the Chancellor outlining our proposal for a Temporary Income Protection Fund

Advice from IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed)

Government tax helpline to support freelancers being affected by Coronavirus 

Employment Support Allowance

Universal Credit

BECTU survey findings

Key things to consider if you’re freelance and worried about coronavirus

Simple labs is ran a live webinar on 19 March supporting, freelancers, remote workers and creatives

£330,000 Authors’ Emergency Fund supporting authors affected financially by Coronavirus

Self-employed in the UK? Here are the chancellor’s new measures to help

Underpinned Resource Page and Free Virtual Office (until September)

COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund by Netflix, administered by Film and TV Charity with support from the BFI

Resources for freelance creatives from MIF