Thread: Coronavirus updates
In this thread, we will keep you up-to-date with the latest developments about Coronavirus and how it will affect freelancers. Freelance Corner is working hard with our partners to support and guide you.
21/03/2020 - Government ramps up measures to protect the most vulnerable
The government has tonight announced that the 1.5 million people most at risk in England will receive a letter or text from NHS England in the next few days to instruct them to self-isolate for 12 weeks.
21/03/2020 - IPSE petition reaches 60k signatures - sign now
20/03/2020 - Government support employees by up to £2,500 a month but self-employed get just £95 per week
While employees get 80% of their incomes covered up to £2,500, the 15% of the workforce who are #selfemployed and #freelance have to resort to the welfare system at £95/week. This will not cover the implosion of people's incomes. Sign our petition: https://t.co/Ya1aYQrDd8 https://t.co/yl8kM7e7W6— Ally Hutchison (@allyhutchison) March 20, 2020
18/03/2020 - HMRC launch Coronavirus helpline for self-employed
The number is 0300 456 3565, and they will be able to advise you on your tax and the benefits you could claim. Read more about what you could be entitled to here.
18/03/2020 - IR35 changes suspended due to Coronavirus
Late last night, the government announced that the changes to IR35 will be delayed by one year, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
IR35, also known as off-payroll legislation, was due to be extended in the private sector on 6 April this year despite heavy criticism.
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, HM Treasury Minister announced that given the circumstances and Coronavirus pandemic, HMRC would delay the roll-out of the changes to IR35 for a year.
Andy Chamberlain, Director of Policy at our sister company IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) said: “The government has done the sensible thing by delaying the changes to IR35 in the private sector.
“These changes have already undermined the incomes of many self-employed businesses across the UK. However, they would have done even more serious damage if they had gone ahead as planned.
"It is right and responsible to delay the changes to IR35 for at least a year during the Coronavirus crisis, to reduce the strain and income loss for self-employed businesses.
“This is a sensible step to limit the damage to self-employed businesses in this grave and unprecedented situation, but we also urge the government to do more. It must create an emergency Income Protection Fund to keep the UK’s crucial self-employed businesses afloat.”
For more information, visit IPSE's IR35 hub here.
16/03/2020 - Your questions answered with IPSE.
Today, we met up with Alasdair Hutchison, Policy Development Manager at our sister company The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, to find out how freelancers should prepare.
11/03/2020 - Advice for freelancers: Act now
Read advice from the policy team on how you should prepare for Coronavirus.