Important update for freelancersFreelancers have been hit hard by the reduction in numbers for accredited journalists at football matches, but there is an important announcement, via the Sports Freelancer Collective, which the FWA helped to co-found with the Sports Journalists' Association.
This is from the SJA website. FWA National Committee member Philippe Auclair is the man to discuss these issues with if you think you may be eligible for assistance. Please see our previous posts about the SFC for more details: http://footballwriters.co.uk/news/sports-freelancer-collective/
Photographers join Sports Freelancer Collective
The British Press Photographers’ Association have joined us in the Sports Freelancer Collective to support those freelancers whose work in sports journalism has been badly hit by football's suspension.
Sports Freelancer Collective update May 5See here for latest news: http://footballwriters.co.uk/editorial/sports-freelancer-collective-update-may-5/
Philippe Auclair and Niall McGinnity give an update on the latest news affecting freelancers and small business in journalism:
HMRC has just posted online new information about SEISS, which clarifies matters such as eligibility criteria for the grant that so many of us hope will help us through this uncertain period. Here are the two most important links, which I invite you to read very carefully as it seems to me that some of the government's criteria will not be fulfilled by some of our members whom we'd initially thought would ...
Sports Freelancer Collective updateNEW SPORTS FREELANCER PROJECTS – UPDATE
As we reported at the end of March, TriNorth Communications, the sports media agency which produces The Blizzard, the Nightwatchman, Wisden Cricket Monthly and Gridiron magazines, has set up two digital magazines to provide cricket and football freelance writers with regular vehicles for their work.
Sports Freelancers Collective update April 10thWelcome to the Sports Freelancer Collective's latest update April 10th
HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT SEISS?
A message from Philippe Auclair, FWA co-ordinator of the Sports Freelancer Collective...
Like many of you, I gather, I've yet to hear directly or through my accountant from HMRC re SEISS. The SFC would like to get a clearer picture of what is happening (or not happening) in this regard.
SFC update Monday March 30
The Sports Freelancer Collective is continuing to explore all avenues with regards assistance for the many self employed who have lost income but who don’t qualify for the government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme.
SFC is grateful for the pro-bono services of the accountant who has been answering the questions sent in via your feedback to Philippe Auclair. Please bear with us. Your feedback is also helping to steer us as we liaise with other organisations.
Important news for the self-employedAlison Mitchell, Chair of the Cricket Writers' Club, with some important news for freelancers and self-employed journalists and broadcasters:
"The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has this evening announced a Self-Employed Income Support scheme to help the self-employed who need it most. The Sport Freelancer Collective welcomes this significant move. The scheme is not perfect however, in particular excluding anyone who only recently went self-employed, and not providing support for all who are affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
Freelance writing opportunities from TriNorthSTATEMENT – NEW SPORTS FREELANCER PROJECTS
In light of the ongoing situation, the people who work at TriNorth Communications, the sports media agency which produces The Blizzard, the Nightwatchman, Wisden Cricket Monthly and Gridiron magazines, have decided they would like to do their bit for the freelance community.
Sports Freelance Collective Update March 20Alison Mitchell, Chair of the Cricket Writers' Club, comments on the announcement on Friday by Chancellor of the Exchequer of new measures to boost the UK workforce:
"On Friday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the government will pay 80% of the salary of retained workers, up to a total of £2,500 per month. The measures for self-employed freelancers, however, still don’t go far enough.
NUJ support Sports Freelancer CollectiveSPORTS FREELANCER COLLECTIVE UPDATE MARCH 1
NUJ JOINS CALLS
The National Union of Journalists has joined calls for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to put in place a specific support package for the self-employed while the country faces a period of self-isolation and quarantine measures. About a third (8,000) of National Union of Journalists members are freelance and the proportion has been increasing. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know what’s happening to you.