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BDA Support

Support povided from 1 April - 30 June 2020

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. More detailed information on this can be found below. However, as this support won’t be able to be accessed until early June, the BDA has taken the decision to extend further support to its Freelance Dietitians, by offering a 3-month membership payment break on your BDA membership (and Freelance specialist group membership) from 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020. 

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 3-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 for Self-Employed (announced 26-03-2020)

Rishi Sunak has announced support for the self-employed, a direct cash grant of 80% of their profits, up to £2,500 per month for three months.

  • The scheme will be open to those with a trading profit of less than £50,000 in 2018-19 or an average trading profit of less than £50,000 from 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. The scheme also applies to members of partnerships.
  • Grants will be paid in a single lump sum instalment covering all 3 months, and will start to be paid at the beginning of June.
  • HMRC will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications once the scheme is operational.
  • Those who pay themselves a salary and dividends through their own company are not covered by the scheme but will be covered for their salary by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme if they are operating PAYE schemes.

The deal is more generous than some expected, helping those with average profits of less than £50,000 with a taxable grant equal to 80%. Some caveats though... It won't be paid until June... it won't help people who set up in business in the last year... and it won't help company owner-managers who pay themselves mostly through dividends.

The various help schemes:

Also have access to Universal Credit and support for mortgage costs (speak to your lender/look on their website).