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BDA Support

Support provided from 1 April 2020 - 21 August 2021

The BDA recognises the difficulties freelance dietitians and other freelance health professionals may be facing at this time. The BDA recommends all freelancers who can do so, sign up to the Work Bank for NHS vacancies.

The BDA supports the recent government announcement to help self-employed professionals with a direct cash grant of 80% of their profits, up to £2,500 per month for three months. The BDA has taken the decision to extend further support to its Freelance Dietitians, by offering a three-month membership payment break on your Freelance specialist group membership. This offer can be claimed until 21 August 2021. 

How can I apply?

To apply, please contact with the following:

  • Confirmation that you are a current member of the BDA Freelance Specialist Group
  • Confirmation that you are not in salaried employment, undertaking freelance work alongside a paid role, and that your taxable earnings in the last financial year were not above £50,000. NB If you do obtain work or employment and your income rises above this, you must inform us and this membership payment break will end at that point.

NB Please do not cancel any existing BDA payment/s at this time, as this three-month membership payment break will be provided in the form of a monthly/one-off refund from the BDA (depending on how you currently pay for your BDA membership).

Government support

Check if you can claim a grant through the government's Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.