30 October 2020
Equity, alongside other creative membership organisations and trade unions, has called on Chancellor to fix the flawed SEISS and protect our world leading creative industries.
Speaking on behalf of almost 350,000 creative professionals the Creators’ Rights Alliance (CRA) and its members are calling on the government to offer tailored support to hard-hit creators and ensure the safe reopening of indoor venues supporting creators safely back to work.
Creators continue to face real hardship as a result of the pandemic. Practically overnight they saw an end to live performances and a significant reduction in commissions, leaving many creators with a considerable reduction or complete suspension of income.
Creators who rely on live performers such as performers, playwrights, composers, journalists, photographers, illustrators and technical operators have seen a freeze in commissions covering sporting, cultural, musical and theatrical events.
Over 20% of all self-employed people in the UK work in the cultural and creative industries. The letter highlights the difficulties facing self-employed creators particularly with the shortcomings in the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and its strict eligibility criteria which has left many without any form of support for months.
In a letter the CRA and its members are calling for:
- Parity between employees and the self-employed by providing the same level of support by increasing the existing level of support provided by the SEISS and expanding the eligibility criteria;
- the government to extend the suspension of the Minimum Income Floor of Universal Credit (UC) until the creative sector is able to open fully;
- the government to offer sector specific support, not just for cultural and creative institutions but for the workers who sustain the creative industries;
- the implementation of a new scheme to facilitate the reopening of venues and theatres under social distancing to get live performers safely back to work, providing a much-needed lifeline for the arts sector.