We are the voice of the self-employed

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.

Want to learn more? Take a look at five reasons why you need us in your corner below.



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.

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You may be able to claim expenses as a tax relief if you are self-employed such as office costs, travel costs and financial costs, which can be claimed through your self-assessment tax return.

A Self-Assessment tax return can appear daunting, especially if you haven’t done one before. Community advisors can help you with your tax returns including information on when you need to register, what expenses you can claim, what sections to fill out and how to pay your final tax bill.

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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, our legal experts are here to help.

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Not being paid on time and not knowing when you will be paid is one of the biggest issues impacting the self-employed. There is currently £23.4bn of outstanding debt to small businesses, and will be on the rise due to the pandemic.

Community can help recover the money you are owed, help with debt recovery claims, and contact clients asking them to pay up. Working with our members we have found 99% of the time clients pay up when they hear from the union.

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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.

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Resources for the self-employed

We’ve created specific guidance for self-employed people, take a look here.

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Self-employed news from Community

Community - November 5th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today the Chancellor has announced an extension to the Job Retention Scheme and increase to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The furlough scheme will now [...]
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Community - November 4th, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
Today, Community has written to the Chancellor to immediately plug the gaps in the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and ensure parity for the self-employed for [...]
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Community - November 2nd, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
Today's announcement to increase the financial support available to self-employed workers to 80% for November is welcome. It means self-employed workers will have parity with [...]
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Community - October 22nd, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today the Chancellor announced changes to the Job Support Scheme and self-employed grant. In response to the changes, Kate Dearden, Head of Research, Policy and [...]
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Community - October 7th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today, with Prospect Union, we are launching an inquiry into the self-employed. The inquiry aims to investigate how the self-employed have been hit by the [...]
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Community - September 24th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, today announced a plan for our economy for the coming months. This new ‘Winter Economic Plan’ comes following the imposition of [...]
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Community - September 23rd, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today, Community have written to the Prime Minister calling for urgent action to protect industries and save jobs. You can read our letter here: Dear [...]
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Anna Mowbray - September 18th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
The self-employed bring an immense amount of value to our society, whether that’s skilled IT contractors working on complex projects, travelling academics, those running small [...]
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Community - August 18th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Yesterday, 17th August, applications opened for the second stage of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS). However, thousands of self-employed people will miss out on [...]
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Community - July 8th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer unveiled a new budget to outline this Government’s plans for the country’s economic recovery from coronavirus.   [...]
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