Freelancers & the self employed

We are reaching out to support freelancers, independent workers and the self-employed. More and more of our members are leaving traditional employment to work for themselves. We’re continuing to support them and we can help you too.

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Working for yourself

At Community we’re a proud champion of the five million strong self-employed and freelance community across the UK. 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. We want to help you.

We have a range of member benefits which help to support self-employed and freelance workers, some of which you can see below. Most importantly, we want to ensure your voices are heard by building and strengthening our collective voice.

Support through COVID-19

We’ve been ensuring your voices are heard over recent years and during the coronavirus pandemic. As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the nation, many self-employed workers are having to choose between their health or paying their bills. We don’t believe this is right.

The government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme will help millions of people, but there are too many gaps in the support and people who will be left behind. We’re calling for the government to introduce additional measures of support to ensure that freelancers and the self-employed aren’t left behind. See our letter to the Chancellor here.

Waiting until June for support for your income is too long, and not good enough for those who are already struggling to make ends meet. That’s why by joining Community, you’ll become part of the collective voice for the self-employed and won’t have to pay anymore until July.

The more members we have, the stronger our voice when demanding these extra support measures. Join us today to get behind our message to government.

Knowing your rights

We’ve been helping our members to navigate difficult situations at work for many years. Advice and representation at work are the cornerstone of our service offering, and as a part of Community, you have access to all our experience and expertise. From discrimination to client relations, we’re here to help.

Immediate support

We have a package of services that you can access straight away as a Community member, including but not limited to:

  • Advice on debt recovery and late payments
  • Legal advice
  • Discounts on offers on a wide range of leisure, insurance and retail products

Family benefits

Our benefits don’t end with you, they support your loved and your community too, some of our family benefits include:

  • Our child benefit gives you a £50 payment to celebrate the birth or adoption of a child.
  • Our charity fund has £500 every quarter to support all kinds of different charities and projects
  • A higher education bursary of up to £4,500 to support lifelong learning

Making sure your voice is heard

Community will ensure your voices are heard not only through the next few weeks and months, but in the months and years ahead. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the self-employed and freelancers need someone in their corner to make sure they aren’t left behind.

We are a proud campaigning union and the strength of our membership paired with our political affiliations means we can take the issues you care about and make sure they’re heard across the UK at every level.

Learning, training and education

We know one of the greatest difficulties for freelancers and self-employed is access to learning and up-skilling and opportunities. We offer self-paced, online training to help you sharpen and develop your skills in a flexible way.

Below you can view our booklet that explains all of our great benefits in more detail. You can view a downloadable version here.

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Self-employed news from Community

Extend sick pay to all workers
Community - July 27th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Imagine you become unwell, and you are unable to receive sick pay. You have to choose between working through it, or going without income. This [...]
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Universal Credit changes ‘cruel and punitive’
Community - July 9th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The government has announced that from 1st August the Minimum Income Floor for Universal Credit, which was suspended due to Coronavirus last year, will be [...]
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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme guidance
Community - April 30th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
We are the collective voice of the self-employed. We bring together self-employed and freelance workers so we have a strong voice to lobby for much [...]
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IR35 – an explainer
Community - March 31st, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
IR35 rule changes will come into force in the private sector on 6th April, just a few days from now.  
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Supporting me as a self-employed worker
Helen Stephens - March 10th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Now that I have a union that represents me, I understand the strength in bringing people with shared experiences together, to change things for the [...]
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Don’t leave the self-employed stranded
Community - February 24th, 2021 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
The Chancellor once said that he would do “whatever it takes” to support people through the pandemic. No matter what kind of employment you’re in, [...]
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Can you join a union if you’re self-employed?
Kate Dearden - February 20th, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
The world of work is changing rapidly and there are now more self-employed people and freelancers in the UK than ever before. Many have chosen [...]
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Chancellor urged to strike new settlement for self-employed in Budget
Community - February 12th, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to use his Budget on 3rd March to give greater security to self-employed workers and prevent a possible ‘exodus’ [...]
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Renewed calls for extension to self-employed support
Community - January 29th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today the Labour Party has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to protect self-employed people by setting the fourth grant of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme [...]
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Interim report into the future of self-employment
Community - December 23rd, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today, the Inquiry into the Future Self-Employment launches its interim report and urges the government to take urgent action to avoid a ‘stampede’ away from [...]
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