Self employed

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I have stage 2 breast cancer and going through chemo then surgery next year.

My husband is self employed with his own company although it is just him. My tax status is self employed although I don't work at the moment.

He's had to scale back his work a lot because it is not locally based. He's had to be on hand for school pick ups and hospital appointments.

Is there any financial support that we can get?

  • Hello  ,

    Thanks for getting in touch. I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis.

    As part of our Money and Work Team, we have a dedicated group of Welfare Rights Advisers that you may find helpful to speak with. They can check if you or your husband are entitled to state benefits and can help to access other financial support, such as one-off grants to help with those extra costs. You can contact them on freephone 0808 808 0000 and they’re available weekdays 8am – 8pm and weekends 9am – 5pm. If you’d prefer you can also contact them via webchat here by selecting “Chat to us” and then the “Welfare Benefits & Grants” option.

    They will ask you for some financial details such as your household income, amount of any savings, cost of rent/mortgage, council tax and utilities just to see if any other help is available.

    I think it would also be a good idea to have a more in-depth conversation with our Financial Guidance Team. Our Financial Guidance Team can offer information and guidance on all aspects of your personal finances to help you make informed decisions in the following areas;

    Pensions and retirement options

    Questions about insurance policies

    Mortgages and money management

    Arranging wills and trusts to protect your family

    General financial planning question

    To speak to the Financial Guidance team, call us on 0808 808 000, then select options 1 then 2 then 1 again. Our team are available Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm. Alternatively you can also speak to us on Webchat too by clicking here


    Yours Sincerely,


    Chris H  
    Financial Guide