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Cheaper parking for ‘key worker’ journalists

THERE SEEMS to be some discounted parking available in the City of Westminster for "key workers", specifically including journalists.

QPark's list of key workers

QPark's list of key workers

QPark, who run some of the parking in Westminster - handy for Whitehall, Parliament and probably for covering some demo or other that's bound to be happening - are offering a "discount parking for key workers" scheme. Details are here.

You can't just turn up and expect to park more cheaply, though. You have to sign up for the scheme first and get a "Westminster Partner 2020 Card". There's a list of key workers it covers on the QPark website that includes "Journalists", while a drop-down menu on the online form to sign up to it asks for your "Business Sector" and this has "Journalists" as an option.

It's a discount only, parking will still cost you between £5 and £15 a day, remember this is a tax-deductible business expense if you are self-employed. And be aware that it may suddenly be withdrawn as lockdown goes through its various stages of easing and parking in Westminster becomes more popular again.

QPark's drop down menu of key workers

QPark's drop down menu of key workers

The terms and conditions warns that the scheme is "not available to individual applicants" but there should be ways around that, such as mentioning a client you frequently work for while covering events in the City of Westminster, or the name of a professional body to which you belong.

The Freelance notes that if you were (understandably) nervous at the prospect of cycling into the City of Westminster to face its normally intimidating traffic instead of driving, now might be the time to give it a try as it's still very much more cycle-friendly out there than it was Before Covid.