25 November 2020
In response to the Chancellor's Spending Review announcements earlier today, Equity General Secretary Paul W Fleming said:
“Equity members are left with one glaring question after today: 'What about the workforce?' We have a DCMS budget going up, but no indication of whether that will be used to support our members who are on the brink. We have the government turning its back on public sector workers who are getting us through this crisis - and their pay freeze reducing still further access to the art and entertainment our members produce. This is a moral failing on the part of the government, and an economic wrong step which will plunge the UK into stagnation and recession.
"Incorporating the Creative Industries into the £4billion levelling up fund is better news, but we call on government to make sure this is money for working people, not bosses, and shows an integrated cross-industry approach to investing in a stable, sustainable economy for decades to come.”