29 September 2020
Tomorrow morning Equity members will march through London to highlight the damage the theatre and live events industry are suffering. You can join us physically and online from 9.45am tomorrow, and you can ask your MP to support the rally by sending them the letter below.
You can also download a Word document of the letter here. The best way to contact MPs at the moment is via Twitter and email. Find your MP's contact details at https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/
I am writing to you as my MP to highlight the desperate situation facing workers in the UK creative industries by joining us this Wednesday in Parliament Square before PMQs.
Thousands of jobs have already been lost in the creative sector including thousands of freelance and self-employed roles.
The Chancellor has said that the new Job Support Scheme will support ‘viable jobs’, but by declaring that cultural jobs are not ‘viable’ the government is risking undermining one of the most economically successful sectors of the economy and permanently damaging the UK’s status as a genuine world leader in the creative industries. Meanwhile thousands of the creative industries’ freelance and self-employed workers continue to be locked out of the JSS and SEISS or will only receive at best 20% of previous profits. Universal Credit further penalises them through the impending reintroduction of the Minimum Income Floor.
Creative sector trade unions such as Equity and BECTU are calling on the government to support creative workers by:
- Closing the gaps in the Self-employment income support scheme (SEISS) to that all self-employed and freelance workers in the creative industries can benefit
- Introduce a top up to the SEISS for those in the worst affected industries
- Targeted support to preserve jobs in theatres and other creative venues that cannot afford to access the Job Support Scheme
- Provide insurance for live events and theatre performances
If you are coming to the Panto Parade:
This Wednesday ahead of PMQs I will be taking part in a ‘Panto Parade’ to highlight the situation facing theatre workers. The socially distanced parade will be arriving in Parliament Square at 11.30am.
As my MP I would ask you to meet me at Parliament Square on Wednesday and show your support for creative workers by using #PantoParade on social media.
If you are not physically attending the Panto Parade: This Wednesday ahead of PMQs my fellow Equity members will be taking part in a ‘Panto Parade’ to highlight the situation facing theatre workers. The socially distanced parade will be arriving in Parliament Square at 11.30am.
As my MP I would ask you to meet Equity, BECTU and other campaign groups at Parliament Square on Wednesday and show your support for creative workers by using #PantoParade on social media
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