Work in progress? Supporting the self-employed after the pandemic

Think tank: Bright Blue

Author(s): Sam Robinson

November 14, 2022

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at the barriers self-employed people face to access financial support from government and commercial sources.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to significant financial, occupational, social and psychological changes for self-employed people from low and middle income households. Challenges are now being compounded by the rising cost of living. There is now a greater need than ever for new and ambitious public policies that can help self-employed people navigate national and individual crises. Currently, self-employed people face too many barriers to accessing financial support, both from governmental and commercial sources. This report details a better system of support for self-employed people which encourages savings, improves access to finance and strengthens the safety net.