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Financial and Business Services Support

Supporting teachers

We understand that many members will be facing very difficult times ahead. There are a number of support networks out there offering financial and business advice to assist you at this time. No matter how big or small your business is, we are here to support you through the months ahead.

Here is a round-up of some useful sites, links and contacts to help you manage your business.

For UK Residents

The UK Government has announced a number of measures in the recent budget to assist individuals and businesses. We are following Government updates closely and will pass on any relevant guidance as soon as we receive it.

On Wednesday 20 May the UK Culture Minister, Oliver Dowden, outlined  plans for a Cultural Renewal task force. This will be responsible for developing blueprints for how and when closed businesses and venues (such as theatres and fitness centres) can reopen safely.
The task force will be supported by eight working groups which will include representatives from key sector bodies, including dance, and is responsible for:
  • ensuring that COVID-19 secure guidelines are developed 
  • developing creative solutions, including digital solutions, to drive the return of sectors whilst maintaining consistency with the medical advice
  • agreeing and ensuring alignment of all relevant sectoral guidance
Theatres, fitness centres, gyms and leisure centres will be considered for re-opening in Phase 3,  which will be no earlier than 4 July. So we need to await further guidance before re-starting dance schools, shows and competitions.

Government support for businessesAn overview of the measures can be downloaded here. Alternatively you can visit their website here.

Government support for the self employed: The government have now announced the self-employment income support scheme. Find out more here.

Download a useful infographic showcasing the support available from the UK government to businesses.

For Tax advice: A new HMRC helpline has launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn more.

ACAS has published information for employees and employers, including simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff.

A number of private lenders are also making funds available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including £2 billion from Lloyds Banking Group, £5 billion from NatWest and £7 billion from Barclays.

Citizens Advice are able to advise you what benefits you are entitled to. Visit their website here.

Contributory Employment and Support Allowance (ESA): Phone general inquiries or to report a change of circumstance - 0800 587 1377 / New claims - 0800 085 6318

Arts Council England announce an Emergency Response Package in response to the pandemic, outlining £160 million of investment for both individuals and organisations in the cultural sector. Find out more online.

Gallagher's Insurance Services have experienced a high volume of queries from teachers who are concerned about their businesses. The dedicated dance team at Gallagher have collaborated with the insurers to bring an extra level of cover to members. Download your indepth fact-sheet.  
Many have asked about the option of conducting ‘Outdoor Classes’. The dedicated dance team at Gallagher's have collaborated with the insurers to bring an extra level of cover to members. Download your Outdoor Classes fact-sheet.


For residents outside of the UK

For the latest information in your country please visit your government website for provisions for individuals and businesses in your region.



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