20 December 2020
Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement yesterday of Tier 4 restrictions for London and parts of east and south-east England, and a tightening of the planned relaxation of rules over Christmas, Equity General Secretary Paul Fleming has said:
Every taxpayer, every audience member, should share Equity’s anger at this chaotic government. They have wasted money on buildings they now closed until a vaccine is available. They have wasted talent - when 40% of our members have had no furlough or SEISS support since March they are increasingly leaving the industry. They have wasted goodwill with no planning to protect public health or our economy.
They have wasted lives.
As Shakespeare said: I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
It’s time for the government to step up, dig deep, and commit to a Basic Income Guarantee for Equity members of just £1,000 a month until June of next year. It’s time for a £1billion for theatres and variety venues to not just stay shut, but present work in new and innovative ways across the UK.