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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs: Includes links to further guidance

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  • robertkmaaye

    Hi All

    Further to my earlier conversation 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): How will it affect you and your coaching? (UK Coaching guidance included)'... I thought it might be helpful that there be one conversation in the community where we can share links to specific guidance.

    Members of the UK Coaching team will be replying with links but as and when you come across anything of use please do feel free to reply and share it with me and the rest of your fellow community members as we will be continuously promoting this conversation thread

    As always stay safe


    PS So we can continue to support you it would be great if you could complete the workforce survey which we are supporting with CIMSPA 

  • robertkmaaye

    I’ll kick things off with a summary that colleagues at UK Coaching have put together after the Government yesterday announced a package of support for the self-employed. The team have summarised the provision available and included some helpful links below.

    • The Government has now extended many similar provisions and support announced for employees to self-employed people
    • The Government has said that these provisions cover the vast majority of self-employed people – where these people derive the majority of their income from self-employment 
    • The core of the offer is a taxable grant of up to £2500 per month, intended to cover 80% of average monthly profit (based on tax returns for the last three years)
      • Where less than three years of returns are available, then an average will be taken for a shorter period
      • Where people have been self-employed for less than a year – i.e. they have not submitted a tax return because they have only been trading since April 2019 (or later) then unfortunately this support is not available
      • Those who are late in filing their 2018-19 tax return (due in January) are being given around an extra month to do so. If this applies to you – do it now
    • HMRC will contact those who are eligible directly. Unfortunately, the money will not be available until June
    • It will initially be paid out as a taxable lump sum to cover the months of March, April and May – but it may be extended depending on how long this situation continues
    • The scheme expressly excludes the highest earning self-employed people (i.e. those with trading profits of over £50,000 a year). This is a ‘cliff edge’ requirement – i.e. the £50,000 is a strict limit and no payments are due to those who earn above this amount
    • Government has strongly hinted that it will review self-employed tax levels after this crisis and may move to equalise them with taxes paid by employees (there is no detail on this yet – we will continue to share updates)
    • There had been some confusion about whether Directors of small limited companies would be covered by this provision, under a broad definition of “freelancers”. They will not be, but government has now said that they can be “furloughed” under strict conditions IF they are paid a salary through PAYE, using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Dividend income will not be covered.

    As ever, there is a huge amount of detail that sits behind this. To understand more about your own entitlements, we would strongly recommend that you read these resources in detail: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus These pages include links to several guidance areas, including financial support.

    More specific information around self-employment is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-gives-support-to-millions-of-self-employed-individuals

    As ever, we would urge you to note the following:

    1. Please continue to let us know about the impact on you and your business – the more information we have, the more effective we can be in advocating for more support
    2. This is a fast-moving situation and all of the above is subject to change
    3. As with all announcements of this nature, we await the detail – and the specific ways in which these announcements will become a reality


  • Heather1972

    Thank you Rob

    Looking after yourself as a coach

    At this time it is more important than ever to look after yourself as a coach.  Through our daily Twitter Polls we can see that coaches are concerned about their mental health and general well-being.  Last Friday UK Coaching Collaborated with Mind on a special Time 2 Learn session looking at this issue in detail.  To access this Webinar please click on the link below.

    Prioritising Your Well-being: Strategies to Take Away and Try

    I also recommend:

    These links from our partners Mind are also really useful: Mental Health Survey and Mental Health Support Resource.


    UPDATE 18 May - Free Mental Health Awareness Online Course

    UK Coaching, our awarding body 1st4sport and our partners – Mind and Sport England – are delighted to announce that the online course ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity’ is now free to access until 31 August 2020 for the whole coaching community.

    Enrol online here.

  • ajhainespthotmailcomPK71S2SB

    Carrying on Coaching

    Hi Rob

    We’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to carry on coaching by coaching online or in a virtual setting so I’ve written a series for UK Coaching subscribers where I guide people through the process one step at a time.

    Although initially for subscribers the great news is we’ve unlocked them and made the series free until 31 May for anyone who has a UKCoaching.org account – so you just have to register/login to access.

    Feel free to share the link to these resources with other coaches you feel these may benefit - the more coaches we can help to carry on coaching through these unprecedented times the better!

    1.     The Fundamentals for Being Successful in Online Coaching

    2.     Choosing the Right Online Coaching Model

    3.     Identifying Your Online Coaching Audience

    4.     Pricing and Packaging Online Coaching Services

    5.     Onboarding Prospects to Your Online Coaching Services

    6.     How to Deliver Coaching Online


    Hopefully coaches and community members will find the series helpful.

    Last week we also dedicated one of our Time2Learn webinars to delivering great coaching online, if you missed it don't worry you can now access it for free if you have a UKCoaching.org account.

    Register or login to watch it on demand. 


    Update 14 May: Some of the key points coaches in England should consider before resuming coaching.

    As you would expect, the ‘return to play’ agenda is dominating coaching discussions following the limited loosening of lockdown measures. Coaches have a key role to play in the nation’s recovery and we would really value your thoughts and ideas.

    Join our conversation 'Coaching while social distancing: How will it work for you? 

    Other helpful links include:


  • EmmaA

    Financial and legal guidance

    Thanks for posting this guidance on behalf of the team Rob. The situation has been constantly changing as we can all appreciate. We know a lot of coaches have been keen in particular to learn more about the implications on tax and self-employment.

    We have been in discussions with our partners at CIMSPA and SRA throughout Covid-19 to help support the sector. They have set up a helpful areas on their websites that are continually being update so I thought I would share some links to help the coaching community.

    • Government advice for individuals – on this page you will find guidance on sickness (SSP) as well as the financial services and support available, such as tax grants for self-employed workers and new Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Covid-19: Support yourself – includes some helpful advice and links to the latest financial and legal information.
    • Support for your business section where you can find the latest Government advice on employees, rate relief and grants, as well as advice on financial services and support.

    They have also just created CIMSPA Stronger Together - a new Facebook Group designed to provide additional support for self-employed individuals and businesses during the coronavirus crisis.

    It would also be worth bookmarking the Sport and Recreation Alliance Covid-19 news section which is continuously updated with relevant information about the latest tax guidance and support for self-employed workers

    Hope everyone finds these helpful

    UPDATE 6 MAY: Upcoming Webinar: Understanding the Legal and Financial Information for Coaches

    Delighted to let community members know that UK Coaching’s partners Blacks and Ernst and Young (EY) will be presenting a free webinar session on legal and financial information for coaches (employed, self-employed and volunteers) and those working in coaching on Friday 22 May 2020 at 12-1pm.

    They will offer top tips on how to utilise the support available during this time, and there will be an opportunity to seek answers to your questions, which you can share prior to the session in this ConnectedCoaches conversation: COVID-19: The Legal and Financial Situation for Coaches.

    I hope as many ConnectedCoaches members (and readers of this thread) as possible can join us. More information about how to book on here.


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