This page provides advice and guidance on the financial support available to help small and medium sizes business during the COVID-19 crisis.
There are have been a number of financial issues on which the iO has been lobbying on behalf of the profession, including challenging some policies that have potentially affected the financial viability of osteopathic clinics.
Business Rates Relief Support (BRRS)
Under the current BRRS, there are gaps in provision for larger osteopathic clinics. The iO have supported some clinics that have now been successful in challenging local authorities. Read our advice on contacting local authorities regarding Business Rates Relief Support – published 1 May 2020
Business Interruption Insurance
Many business interruption insurance providers have claimed their policies do not specifically cover claims for interruptions caused by pandemics. The FCA is seeking legal clarity on this and here we provide an update on the issues and how you may wish to complain – published 1 May 2020
Letters to Government
We have been working with other organisations and healthcare professional bodies to lobby on Government policies – visit our news and videos page to find out more.
Advice & Guidance
Furloughing Employees: How to do it and how you can claim – published 2 April 2020
Support and guidance for self-employed osteopaths – published 25 March 2020
Support and guidance for clinic principals – published 25 March 2020
Financial implications of Coronavirus and the support available – published 20 March 2020
NOTE: It is recommended that those wishing to claim from the Government self-employed support system have a Government Gateway account.
Videos & Webinars
WEBINAR: Finance Advice for Osteopaths during COVID-19, by Michael Bennett FCCA
The iO hosted a webinar where Michael Bennett FCCA provided information on the COVID-19 financial support packages available to osteopaths.
Michael addresses many of the common questions posed by osteopaths about both business support and the new self-employed reliefs, plus other practical advice on managing finances.
- UK Government: Guidance for employed and self-employed affected by COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? Here you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions relating to osteopathic practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.