The £1.5m Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is supported by the Freelands Foundation, as part of a landmark commitment of £3m towards emergency funds for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
Includes information on claiming Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit if you are self-employed.
Announced in the chancellor’s briefing, 26th March
This page is being updated by the DWP. On 22nd March 2020, the advice is as follows:
If you are self-employed and claiming Universal Credit, and are required to stay at home or are ill as a result of coronavirus, the Minimum Income Floor (an assumed level of income) will not be applied for a period of time whilst you are affected.
From 6 April the requirements of the Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed. This change will apply to all Universal Credit claimants and will last for the duration of the outbreak. New claimants will not need to attend the jobcentre to demonstrate gainful self-employment.
General information on how to claim Universal Credit when self-employed (or a mix of self-employed and employed),