Self Employed Freelance Photographers Situation

Statutory Self Employed Pay Possibly for Freelance Photographers in UK

We very much hope freelance (self-employed) photographers, who are the backbone of the industry, will not be forgotten and will get help from the government.  UNP Ltd and most photo agencies like ours, work only with freelancers across the UK and as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to affect our usual working patterns, where we see wide cancellations until June & July this year, we are worried that it’ll affect our photographer and their livelihoods big time.

United National Photographers are here to support anyone affected but we are helpless unless the Government pays self-employed workers.  Below is how to bill went before Parliament.


Committee of the whole House: 23 March 2020

Member’s explanatory statement:

The purpose of this amendment is to make the Government ‘top up’ self-employed workers’ earnings to the lower of 80% of their net monthly earnings averaged over three years, or £2,917 a month.


  1. The Secretary of State must, by regulations, introduce a scheme of Statutory Self- Employment Pay.
  2. The scheme must make provision for payments to be made out of public funds to individuals who are a: self-employed, or b: freelancers.
  3. The payments to be made in subsection (2) are to be set so that the net monthly earnings of an individual specified in subsection (2) do not fall below

    a: 80 per cent of their monthly net earnings, averaged over the last three years, or

    b: £2,917

    whichever is lower.

  4. No payment to be made under subsection (2) shall exceed £2,917 per month.
  5. A statutory instrument containing regulations under this section is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.