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28 October 2021

Universal Credit (UC) has been at the very centre of Equity’s lobbying strategy and recent political debate. Huge swathes of the creative workforce accessed our social security system for the first time during the pandemic and still rely on UC to stay in the industry. Crucially, the £20 UC uplift introduced last year was a vital safety net, which helped many Equity members avoid destitution.

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27 October 2021

Paul W Fleming, the General Secretary of Equity (the trade union for performing arts workers) has responded to today's Autumn Budget.

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27 October 2021

Equity’s new Policy Officer Liam Budd analyses how the budget will affect Equity members and explains what action the union is taking

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15 October 2021

For every member currently in the ‘default fund’ - the standard fund you’re put into automatically when you sign up for a pension – they will be moved to a new, lower-carbon default, called DAF2

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13 October 2021

Equity General Secretary Paul W Fleming has joined 1,600 creatives calling on new Secretary of State for DCMS, Nadine Dorries MP, to help get the creative industries ‘back on tour’.

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12 October 2021

On 27 October, the Chancellor will set out the government’s spending priorities over the next three years. Ahead of the budget, Equity has warned that UK culture funding falls behind European levels.

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12 October 2021

Equity has agreed a code of conduct with professional wrestling organisation Spirit Wrestling. The code sets out terms and conditions for performers, staff and management in writing.

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06 October 2021

"Today’s withdrawal of the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit directly undermines the Culture Secretary’s recent commitment to level up opportunities in the arts."

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03 May 2022

Equity members working on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella were told on Sunday 1 May that the show will end on 12 June. Not only was the news shared on a Sunday before a bank holiday – meaning those affected could not contact their agent for support – but we understand that some cast members and stage management heard the news first through social media or the press. This is unacceptable - all creative workers deserve to be treated with dignity at work.

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07 March 2022

As the International Committee for Artists’ Freedom (ICAF) within Equity, our work is to help overseas artists who face persecution, censorship and threats to their safety and lives. For almost 50 years we have directly supported and stood in solidarity with artists internationally: from Myanmar to Afghanistan, Colombia and Belarus. Today, we also stand with Ukraine.

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01 March 2022

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have sent messages of solidarity and offers of help to performers and artists in the country and those affiliated with it. On 24 February, Equity General Secretary Paul W Fleming wrote to the President of the Cultural Workers of Ukraine, Lyudmyla Perelygina. The letter includes an offer to support their members wherever we can, whether directly or through campaigning and lobbying.

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