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Sports Freelance Collective Update March 20

Alison 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.

Today the government has recognised our letter and assured us that they know freelancers have been hit. We will continue to liaise with the government and push for the measures we need, and keep you all updated. The Sports Freelancer Collective will consult over the weekend and discuss where we would like to see changes and how today’s measures will help or impact freelancers.

Measures to support freelancers now include:

  1. Access to Universal Credit to be paid at the rate of Statutory Sick Pay of £94.25 per week and a suspension of the minimum income floor- deferral of Self-Assessment income tax from July 2020 to January 2021
  2. Deferral of this quarter’s VAT payments to June 2020 (Remember all taxes will still need to be paid, just at a later date, alongside the other taxes that will be due at that time)
  3. Renters have been helped with £1bn of support, increasing housing benefit and Universal Credit so that Local Housing Allowance will cover at least 30% of market rents in an area
  4. Anyone can seek to defer their mortgage payments by 3 months (be aware your mortgage payments may then be higher when you do resume payments, depending on your arrangements)

There is a lot to unpick about how some of this will apply, particularly to those freelancers who are part ‘PAYE employed for tax purposes’ and part self-employed.”

In the meantime, all details are outlined here:  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

And here are some useful articles: 

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/20/self-employed-coronavirus-crisis-sick-pay-redundancy-benefits

https://www.ipse.co.uk/ipse-news/news-listing/coronavirus-ipse-activity-and-advice-freelancers.html#Government%20support

 

Alison Mitchell

Broadcaster and Journalist

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