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Treasury “considering” COVID-19 support for limited company directors

The Chancellor is finally considering support for contractors working via a limited company Treasury officials are at last deliberating a scheme that would support the millions of limited company contractors and small business owners who have previously been excluded from…

Sunak’s £4.6bn package ignores gaps in COVID-19 support

New COVID-19 support announced by the Chancellor may “not be enough to save many firms” The UK population is being asked to stay at home once more after the Prime Minister announced a third COVID-19 lockdown in England, with Scotland,…

What’s in store for freelancers and contractors in 2021?

From IR35 reform to Brexit and Coronavirus, here are some of the things likely to impact freelancers and contractors in 2021 2020 was a challenging year for independent workers, not least because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The crisis, along with…

Businesses call for urgent support in wake of tier 4 restrictions

New tier 4 restrictions could be the 'final death knell' for businesses unless the government increases support Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled Christmas plans for millions of businesses and people this weekend with the introduction of tougher new restrictions for…

‘Recovery strategy’ needed to help self-employed

Government urged to introduce a tailored strategy to help the self-employed recover from the pandemic The charity behind Business Debtline, Money Advice Trust, has written to the Small Business Minister, Paul Scully, to make the case for a COVID-19 self-employment…

Industry leaders call for a dedicated freelance commissioner

Experts write to the Chancellor, urging the appointment of a freelance commissioner to 'drive change' Four professional bodies have written a joint letter to Rishi Sunak, urging him to introduce a freelance commissioner and future workforce commission to help a…

New rules for self-employment grant create ‘climate of fear’

Stricter rules around the third SEISS grant are ‘troubling’ warns trade association Applications for the third Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant opened on Monday (30 November), however, the new eligibility rules have been criticised for being stricter and more…

Spending Review: Chancellor misses ‘golden opportunity’ to address gaps in support

The Chancellor has missed a 'golden opportunity' to address the gaps in Coronavirus support in the Spending Review On Wednesday 25th November, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak laid out the government’s plans for spending next year. In his Spending Review speech to…

Experts propose scheme to provide contractors with COVID-19 support

A coalition of industry bodies, experts and campaign groups have proposed a scheme to support excluded contractors Around three million freelancers, contractors and small businesses have missed out on emergency Coronavirus support for numerous reasons including, being newly self-employed or…

One million freelancers forced into debt as COVID-19 costs mount up

One million freelancers and contractors have been pushed into debt because of the Coronavirus crisis, research finds According to a report, titled ‘The cost of Covid: How the pandemic is affecting the self-employed’ published by Starling bank and trade body…

‘Glaring gaps’ in COVID-19 support sees self-employed sector in ‘precipitous decline’

Gaping holes in COVID-19 support is the reason why half a million self-employed people have left the sector, says trade body Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that from July to September, the number of self-employed…

Do you need to change everything to succeed as a contractor in 2020?

How contractors can adapt to survive and even thrive in challenging times I seem to be starting every article with some reference to COVID-19, recessions, IR35 reform, Brexit and general doom and gloom. As depressing as this is, no one…

3m freelancers and contractors ‘wilfully ignored’ in new COVID-19 support

Industry bodies urgently call on government to stop ‘wilfully ignoring’ the 3million self-employed excluded from Coronavirus support The Prime Minister has announced that the government will increase the financial support available to certain self-employed workers in November, during the second national lockdown…

Chancellor, it’s time to right your wrongs and support contractors through Coronavirus

The scandal of Rishi Sunak’s abandonment of millions of freelancers and contractors during Coronavirus - fighting back with #ForgottenLtd My name is Keith Webb and my business is called Aiden Associates Ltd. I provide business advisory services to a wide-ranging…

Fewer than 1 in 5 self-employed saving into a pension 

Less than a fifth of the self-employed are saving into a pension, even among those better off, new research reveals Freelancers, contractors and the self-employed could face a pension crisis after it emerged that fewer than one in five are…

Gaps in COVID-19 support sees self-employment fall to 2015 levels

Slump in self-employment highlights gaps in support and will result in skills shortage, experts warn The number of self-employed people in the UK in Q3 fell by 240,000 when measured against the same period last year, the latest Office of National…