Ireland and Continental coronavirus drill

THE GOVERNMENT of the Republic of Ireland has published a guide to applying for Pandemic Unemployment Payment. This states that "self-employed people can apply": see the guide at and a copy of the claim form at

The European Federation of Journalists' Freelance Expert Group has compiled brief guidance on applying for support for freelances through the various sickness pay or unemployment benefits schemes of other EU nations.

Many of these are, unsurprisingly, much better and much more straightforward than those in the UK. You can see it at the foot of the NUJ press release at

The Freelance Office has heard from at least one NUJ member based in France who has lost most of their work because they can't leave the house without "papers" that justify their journey.

29 October 2020

See also this survey from the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).