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Sports Freelancer Collective FAQs

Sports Freelancer Collective: FAQs, info, guide

WHAT IS THE SPORTS FREELANCER COLLECTIVE?

We are a coalition of major sports journalism associations – the Football Writers’ Association, the Sports Journalists’ Association, BCOMS, Sports Media LGBT+, Lawn Tennis Writers, Rugby Writers, British Athletic Writers, Cricket Writers’ Club, British Basketball Writers. This page is shared by the SJA and the FWA.

WHO DO WE REPRESENT?

Self-employed and freelance writers, broadcasters and photographers who have suddenly found themselves with no income as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

WHAT ARE OUR AIMS?

To put pressure on the government to assist self-employed and freelance writers, photographers and broadcasters and to set up an emergency fund for those who need it most.

HOW TO JOIN

Philippe Auclair of the Football Writers’ Association is co-ordinating a mailing list so please email him on philippe.auclair.fwa@gmail.com

FACEBOOK

We have set up an open group and invite freelances to join us  either via the Sports Journalists’ Association page or at https://www.facebook.com/groups/495051321162204

LATEST NEWS

This is changing all the time. Please just keep looking at the SJA site (sportsjournalists.co.uk), the FWA site (footballwriters.co.uk), the Facebook group and our Twitter (@sportsja) (@theofficialFWA) for the very latest. We

FEELING ANXIOUS

Sports psychotherapist Gary Bloom is happy to speak to anyone via @bloomers57 or emailing info@sportsjournalists.co.uk. His tips can be found HERE too.

LEGAL ADVICE

Employment lawyer Safwan Afridi of Radcliffes LeBrasseur has very kindly, and very generously, volunteered to help those of you who may have questions about employment law free of charge. To do so, get in touch with him at Safwan.Afridi@rlb-law.com.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

There may be some small grants available at the Journalists’ Charity and the Authors’ Guild

The British Association of Journalists offer hardship grants to members.

A mortgage broker has very kindly proposed his services to elucidate any questions those of us who have a mortgage would like to ask. Queries to philippe.auclair.fwa@gmail.com

NUJ

The National Union of Journalists has joined calls for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to put in place a specific support package for the self-employed. About a third (8,000) of National Union of Journalists members are freelance.

Please send an email to freelanceoffice@nuj.org.uk and let them know what’s happening to you.

The union also has a help page HERE

SIGN THE PETITION

The government should implement an immediate Universal Basic Income trial for all UK residents to ensure home and food security through the coronavirus Covid-19 crisis, to support the needs of those that need to self-isolate as well as the public health at large, and the wider economy.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/302284

 IPSE

Independent Association for Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed:

CONTACTS

Philippe Auclair philippe.auclair.fwa@gmail.com

SJA contact address: info@sportsjournalists.co.uk

Our specific demands to Government are:

  1. Follow the lead of Germany and Canada and provide compensation or a base salary for freelance workers.
  2. Request that HMRC defer its date to collect payments on account, currently due on the 31st of July 2020, until December 2020 as a minimum, and to review this at a later stage.
  3. Call for IR35 to be abolished
  4. Include our members who fall ill during this pandemic in receiving statutory sick pay for the time of their illness.
  5. Address the shortfall of support for the majority in the private rental sector, by organising the deferment of rental payments until all supporters and workers are allowed back into fully open sporting stadia.

Philippe Auclair from the FWA’s national executive committee is overseeing the group, along with Janine Self of the SJA. Carrie Brown, Chair of the FWA, has been in touch with MPs to lobby for emergency legislation to support freelancers at this time.

We would like to gain the views and input of as many journalist as possible, both members and non-members, and Philippe can be contacted at  philippe.auclair.fwa@gmail.com

We are inviting freelancers who are not members of the FWA to join for free now, with renewals at our regular annual rate of £30 per annum to begin in September.

It is impossible to predict what will happen next in football and our industry but we pledge to offer support and advice wherever possible so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Follow us here, and follow the FWA (@theofficialFWA) and SJA (@SportsSJA) on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Contacts:

Philippe Auclair philippe.auclair.fwa@gmail.com

FWA membership applications: John Ley statmanjon@hotmail.com

FWA matters: Executive Secretary Paul McCarthy: paul@maccamedia.co.uk

SJA contact address: info@sportsjournalists.co.uk

Sports Journalists Association

The Cricket Writers’ Club

The Rugby Union Writers’ Association

The Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association

British Athletics Writers’ Association

The Black Collective of Media in Sport

Sports Media LGBT

The Basketball Journalists’ Association

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SPORTS FREELANCER COLLECTIVE FAQS

WHAT IS THE SPORTS FREELANCER COLLECTIVE?
We are a coalition of major sports journalism associations – the Football Writers’ Association, the Sports Journalists’ Association, BCOMS, Sports Media LGBT+, Lawn Tennis Writers, Rugby Writers, British Athletic Writers, Cricket Writers’ Club, British Basketball Writers. This page is shared by the SJA and the FWA.

 

WHO DO WE REPRESENT?

Self-employed and freelance writers, broadcasters and photographers who have suddenly found themselves with no income as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

 

WHAT ARE OUR AIMS?

To put pressure on the government to assist self-employed and freelance writers, photographers and broadcasters and to set up an emergency fund for those who need it most.

 

HOW TO JOIN

Philippe Auclair of the Football Writers’ Association is co-ordinating a mailing list so please email him on philippe.auclair.fwa@gmail.com

 

FACEBOOK

We have set up an open group and invite freelances to join us  either via the Sports Journalists’ Association page or at https://www.facebook.com/groups/495051321162204

 

LATEST NEWS

This is changing all the time. Please just keep looking at the SJA site (sportsjournalists.co.uk), the FWA site (footballwriters.co.uk), the Facebook group and our Twitter (@sportsja) (@theofficialFWA) for the very latest. 

 

FEELING ANXIOUS

Sports psychotherapist Gary Bloom is happy to speak to anyone via @bloomers57 or emailing info@sportsjournalists.co.uk. His tips can be found HERE too.

 

LEGAL ADVICE

Employment lawyer Safwan Afridi of Radcliffes LeBrasseur has very kindly, and very generously, volunteered to help those of you who may have questions about employment law free of charge. To do so, get in touch with him at Safwan.Afridi@rlb-law.com.

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

There may be some small grants available at the Journalists’ Charity and the Authors’ Guild

The British Association of Journalists offer hardship grants to members.

A mortgage broker has very kindly proposed his services to elucidate any questions those of us who have a mortgage would like to ask. Queries to philippe.auclair.fwa@gmail.com

 

NUJ

The National Union of Journalists has joined calls for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to put in place a specific support package for the self-employed. About a third (8,000) of National Union of Journalists members are freelance.

Please send an email to freelanceoffice@nuj.org.uk and let them know what’s happening to you.

The union also has a help page HERE

 

SIGN THE PETITION

The government should implement an immediate Universal Basic Income trial for all UK residents to ensure home and food security through the coronavirus Covid-19 crisis, to support the needs of those that need to self-isolate as well as the public health at large, and the wider economy.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/302284

 

 IPSE

Independent Association for Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed:

CONTACTS

Philippe Auclair philippe.auclair.fwa@gmail.com

SJA contact address: info@sportsjournalists.co.uk

Our specific demands to Government are:

    1. Follow the lead of Germany and Canada and provide compensation or a base salary for freelance workers.
    1. Request that HMRC defer its date to collect payments on account, currently due on the 31st of July 2020, until December 2020 as a minimum, and to review this at a later stage.
    1. Call for IR35 to be abolished
    1. Include our members who fall ill during this pandemic in receiving statutory sick pay for the time of their illness.
    1. Address the shortfall of support for the majority in the private rental sector, by organising the deferment of rental payments until all supporters and workers are allowed back into fully open sporting stadia.

Philippe Auclair from the FWA’s national executive committee is overseeing the group, along with Janine Self of the SJA. Carrie Brown, Chair of the FWA, has been in touch with MPs to lobby for emergency legislation to support freelancers at this time.

We would like to gain the views and input of as many journalist as possible, both members and non-members, and Philippe can be contacted at  philippe.auclair.fwa@gmail.com

 

We are inviting freelancers who are not members of the FWA to join for free now, with renewals at our regular annual rate of £30 per annum to begin in September.

It is impossible to predict what will happen next in football and our industry but we pledge to offer support and advice wherever possible so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Follow us here, and follow the FWA (@theofficialFWA) and SJA (@SportsSJA) on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Contacts:

Philippe Auclair philippe.auclair.fwa@gmail.com

FWA membership applications: John Ley statmanjon@hotmail.com

FWA matters: Executive Secretary Paul McCarthy: paul@maccamedia.co.uk

SJA contact address: info@sportsjournalists.co.uk

Sports Journalists Association

The Cricket Writers’ Club

The Rugby Union Writers’ Association

The Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association

British Athletics Writers’ Association

The Black Collective of Media in Sport

Sports Media LGBT

The Basketball Journalists’ Association

 

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