Voting and Manifesto Asks, Holyrood Elections 2021

Equity has released a manifesto ahead of the next Scottish Parliamentary election, due to take place on 6 May 2021.

Equity isn’t affiliated to any political party, but we believe it is crucial that our members vote and have their voices heard. In the coming weeks we will be calling on all political parties to protect and promote the creative sector and the workers in our industries, particularly in the context of Brexit and the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read our manifesto asks below.

In the coming weeks we will be holding events to lobby all political parties to protect and promote the creative sector and the workers in our industries, particularly in the context of Brexit and the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

It is essential that you are registered to vote: You can register to vote at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

For an easy-to-read version of this guide, and to request accessible formats.

If you wish to apply for a postal vote for the elections on 6 May 2021, the deadline for application is Tuesday 20 April 2021 at 5pm, and must have registered to vote by midnight on Monday 19 April.

Summary

  • The immediate inclusion of all creative workers in existing arrangements or the creation of a separate creative visa for working across the EU.
  • The introduction of a Basic Income Guarantee for Creative Workers, which would help to provide creative workers with the financial stability to remain in the sector following the pandemic and ensure that creative workers are free to take work when it arises without fear of losing other forms of support and protection.
  • Continued focus on the Fair Work First criteria to ensure it is at the heart of the grant process in the Scottish culture and arts sector, including closer monitoring and ensuring the use of industry standard union terms and conditions as a prerequisite to the receipt of public monies
  • That the Scottish COVID-19 recovery plan includes greater funding for the arts sector, as part of a wider platform of promotion of local creative industries employment opportunities and the Fair Work First agenda.

Read our manifesto in full here.

Email the candidates in your area for the Holyrood elections 2021