COVID-19 Cultural Hardship Fund for Freelancers

Advice if you claim benefits

This grant may form part of your taxable income and may affect any benefits you receive. Please read the guidance specific to different benefits.

Universal Credit

The grant is a charitable donation and will not count towards your income for Universal Credit.

Successful applicants should record the grant in their journal as 'Cultural Sector Hardship Fund for Freelancers - Grant'.

Tax Credits, JSA or ESA

For applicants in receipt of support from Tax Credits, JSA (Job Seekers allowance) or ESA (Employment and Support Allowance), a grant from the Cultural Sector Hardship Fund for Freelancers is likely to be classed as income and earnings. Please be aware if this grant payment takes you over your permitted savings threshold and seek advice from your benefit provider on how the grant will impact your benefits.

When seeking advice, you should describe the grant as: A charitable donation which is a one-off payment providing a hardship grant to support people impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting loss of work.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support:

The grant payment will not affect your eligibility for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support assessed by Manchester City Council, unless it takes your total savings and capital over the £6,000 threshold.

Please be aware that other GM Authorities may take a different approach. You might want to seek advice from your Local Authority on how they will treat this grant. When seeking advice, you should describe the grant as: A charitable donation which is a one-off payment providing a hardship grant to support people impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting loss of work.

DLA and PIP

For disabled applicants, support from DLA (Disability Living Allowance) and PIP (Personal Independence Payments) are not affected by this grant.

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