Freelance resources

Help and useful resources for freelance members.

What the NUJ can do for you

ALCS and DACS

ALCS

The Authors' Licencing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is an organisation that collects money due to its members for secondary rights of their work, for example photocopying and repeat use via the internet. It also campaigns to ensure writers receive fair and adequate payment.

 

DACS

DACS is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. DACS collects and distributes royalties to visual artists and their estates.

 

 

 

Freelance publications

Freelance Charter

10-point charter for freelances rights and benefits.

19 November 2020
The Freelance Ready Reckoner 2019-2020

This Ready Reckoner is intended for use by freelance journalists working from their own premises. It is based on a detailed comparison of the costs fo...

14 January 2020
Holiday pay campaign leaflet

Should you be getting paid holiday?

05 November 2019
Guidance for workplace reps on employment status

When is a casual not a casual?

05 November 2019
Small Claims Court guide

A Guide to the Small Claims Procedure in the County Court for Recovering Monies Owed.

02 August 2019
Guidance for freelances on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Guidance on the business implications of GDPR obligations for freelances.

12 April 2018
Copyright for journalists and writers

This booklet is for people who are trying to make a living by creative work, particularly journalism.

30 October 2016
Guidelines for MPS staff on dealing with media reporters, press photographers and television crews

Members of the media are not only members of the public; they can influence the way the Metropolitan Police Service is portrayed.

13 April 2013

More freelance publications

Covid resources

NPCC: Working with journalists during Covid-19 outbreak

National Police Chiefs Council guidance on working with journalists during the Covid-19 outbreak.

31 March 2020
Coronavirus - advice for freelances

Freelances make up around a third of the NUJ membership and the union is here to help its freelance members during the coronavirus pandemic.

18 March 2020
Updated guidance on statutory sick pay, CJRS, SEISS

Latest guidance on Covid-19 financial packages for freelances.

05 November 2020

NUJ advice on Covid-19

 

Freelance news

Government must extend universal credit uplift

Many freelances will suffer when the £20 a week increase ends in September.

13 July 2021
Happy birthday SEISS – but many freelances left out of the Covid-19 scheme will not be celebrating today

Friday 26 March marks the anniversary of the government’s Covid-19 aid package for freelances.

26 March 2021
Freelances need holiday pay too: do you qualify?

Uber drivers will now – following a long legal battle – get holiday pay, but according to an NUJ survey almost nine in 10 freelances said they did not...

18 March 2021

Freelance news