To help you during these changing and difficult times, we have collated a range of information and resources on this page that we hope you will find useful.

This page is updated regularly as the situation changes and as more information becomes available, so do check back regularly. 

Representing our members

Early on, along with our friends at AIIC, we sent a letter to the Prime Minister addressing the impact of the situation on the UK's translators and interpreters and in July we received a reply from the Treasury.

We have been also in contact with the BEIS (Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and have been providing regular feedback on the challenges currently facing our members.

Support for the self-employed in the UK

Applications for the second and final grant for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme are now open. You should check your eligibility first and you will be given a date on which you can submit your claim. You must make your claim for the second grant on or before 19 October 2020.

This video from HMRC provides an overview of the scheme, including who can apply and how, the amount you can claim and other support available.

If you’ve been overpaid, made a claim in error and were not eligible for the grant or would like to make a voluntary repayment, you must tell HMRC and pay back some or all of the grant.

Martin Lewis has written a useful guide about support that the self-employed and small limited companies can claim. Read it here.

HM Government Business Support - details of the various grants and schemes the government have launched, plus information about the small business bounce back loan.

IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) - advice for freelancers and the self-employed, including a useful FAQ section.

Support for small businesses and Corporate members

The government business support finder will help you see what support is available for your business.

Small and medium sized businesses in England can access grants to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. They can apply for a grant of between £1,000 - £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help them get back on track.

The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery.

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme UK employers can apply for cash grants from HMRC to cover 80 per cent of workers’ wages, up to £2,500 a month, if they are not required to work because of the coronavirus crisis. The scheme has been extended until October 2020. Read about the extension here

The small business bounce back loan offers loans of between £2,000 and £50,000, interest free for the first 12 months.

The Federation of Small Business offers support and advice in articles and fact sheets.

Statutory Sick Pay - You can check whether an employee qualifies for Statutory Sick Pay when self isolating. The system for making claims is now available online.

Newable, on behalf of the Department for International Trade (DIT), Enterprise Europe Network and J.P. Morgan are running a series of webinars, part of the Government effort aimed at supporting companies to get help, protect their business and save jobs.

Keeping the ITI community connected

ITI members can listen back to our popular webinar COVID-19 and your freelance business: taking back control (log in to My ITI required).

During lockdown, ITI launched a weekly Virtual Coffee Morning for members. The aim has been to lighten the mood with some light-hearted fun and chat with a different panel of guests each week. ITI members can listen to recordings of previous coffee mornings. We are currently taking a break over the summer, but the Virtual Coffee Morning will return in a new format in the autumn.

Please join us in using the hashtag #ITICommunity on social media to show how our members are supporting one another.

Continue your professional development

Undertaking some CPD is a great idea if you have more time on your hands at the moment than usual. Read about the types of CPD you could be doing.

We are continuing our series of monthly webinars (free for ITI members, £10 + VAT for non-members). Visit the Events calendar to see what we have got planned.

ITI members also have free access to the Webinar library (log in required), with over 30 hours of webinars to choose from.

ITI Networks and Regional Groups

We are supporting our Networks and Regional Groups by providing free access to our online meeting software and many have already taken up the opportunity to organise their own online events to support their members. Forthcoming events are listed on the Events calendar.

Our Network and Regional Groups cover language groups, subject groups as well as geographical groups. They offer an ideal way to build a supportive network of professional colleagues which is so important at the moment. Find out more about joining one of our groups.

Business and personal legal advice

ITI members have access to free legal advice through Markel Law who provide advice on business, legal and tax matters and have a 24 hour helpline.

Insurance advice

The home insurance members of the Association of British Insurers have confirmed they are offering enhanced help and support to all their customers who may be affected by the impact of Coronavirus. More information here.

Financial advice

Mortgage and credit card repayment holidays are available for an initial three-month period. You may be able to extend this for a further three months.

For more information, MoneySavingExpert provide constantly updated guides with need-to-knows on the financial fallout of the pandemic.

Beware of scams

If you receive texts, calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC, offering financial help or a tax refund and asking you to click on a link or to give personal information, it is a scam.

You should email it to [email protected] and then delete it.