Articles - 24th June 2020

U-turn for freelance Mums needing Covid-19 Support

Words by The UP team

U-turn on penalty for 70,000 freelance mothers ‘unfairly’ left with less Covid-19 income support (The Telegraph) 

Freelance mothers who were penalised and left with less state aid because they took time off to have children will now be able to claim what they are owed, after a Government u-turn.

The policy was changed after the women’s interest group “Pregnant Then Screwed” said it would sue the Government for discrimination and violations of the European Convention of Human Rights if the “unfair” quirk in the system affecting an estimated 70,000 women was not plugged. 

 

Even HMRC’s webinars are confused about the second self-employment grant’s timing (Money Saving Expert) 

An HMRC webinar has told confused potential claimants that the second Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant applies to June, July and August – even though its new rule means you actually need to declare your business was impacted by coronavirus on or after 14 July in order to qualify.

In the event held last Thursday (18 June), which HMRC billed as being run by experts who could answer questions about the support available, participants were repeatedly told that the second grant covers June, July and August.

 

UK government in talks to support performing arts sector (FT)

The UK government is in discussions with representatives of the performing arts industry over a financial support package amid concerns that the sector is close to collapse because of the coronavirus shutdown. 

 

Will the Pandemic Push Knowledge Work into the Gig Economy? (Harvard Business Review)

An excellent essay dealing with the expected proliferation of “high-skilled” gig economy jobs versus the reality of what the gig economy has become, and a few ideas about what will happen to this section of the industry when the pandemic is over.  

 

France Considers New Protections for Gig Worker ‘Invisibles’ (Bloomberg)

France will consider proposals to protect gig workers after pandemic lockdowns pushed the status of people who rely on tech platforms for their income to the forefront.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has appointed a group of nine experts to suggest increased protection for platform workers, such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Deliveroo drivers, and others by October, according to a copy of the request made public by one of the members.

 

Coronavirus: Most UK workers don’t want to go back to offices (Yahoo Finance)

Most UK office workers do not want to return to normal workplaces and hours as the reopening of the economy gathers pace, according to a survey.

A majority, 57% of those surveyed, said they did not want to go back to “the normal way of working in an office environment with normal office hours.”

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