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For many people, self-employment is the answer to finding a good work-life balance. It can be extremely rewarding, but it can also mean longer hours, less pay and more worry about your finances.

During the pandemic, the self-employed community have been hit particularly hard. Research shows almost half of self-employed people have lost work due to lack of demand and lockdown restrictions, or health or caring reasons such as shielding and childcare. Many of us did not qualify for help from the government’s support scheme and are suffering real financial hardship as a result. We are the forgotten self-employed.

Too many people are in devastating circumstances and there should be no further delay to getting them the help they need. The self-employed will be vital to our national economic recovery and the revival of our local economies. It’s time our vital contribution is recognised.

You can get involved by:

  1. Sign our petition calling for additional support.
  2. We’re collating and sharing our stories to help the public and decision makers understand what it’s like to be self-employed. Share your story with us here.
  3. We’re running an inquiry into the future of self-employment with Prospect. Fill out this short survey to help us here.

Helen Stephens
Helen Stephens

“When you’re self employed, if there’s no work to do, you’re effectively unemployed. But there’s no support for freelancers who are momentarily unemployed. We can’t claim job seekers allowance, because seeking a new customer isn’t the same as seeking regular employment.”

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Andrea Campos-Vigoroux
Andrea Campos-Vigoroux

“Whilst other self-employed people could apply for Government grants, the fact that I’d been self-employed for just under a year meant that I was ineligible for these schemes.”

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David Nicoll
David Nicoll

“I’ve seen many business owners forced into self-employment because they work for larger organisations who see self-employed subcontractors as a cheap way to avoid paying minimum wage.”

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