"Budget risks exacerbating elitism" in creative sector

Paul W Fleming, the General Secretary of Equity, has responded to today's Autumn Budget:

“Today’s budget continues the government’s tradition of giving a bung to the bosses and offering little to the workers.

Additional money for cultural institutions and a temporary tax relief increase for theatres are necessary. However, creative workers who underpin our renowned industry face a triple whammy of tax increases, rising energy bills and an inadequate social security system for the self-employed, making it even harder for those from working class backgrounds to break into the industry.

If the government was serious about levelling up and breaking the creative class divide then they would invest in arts education for all and provide a meaningful safety net for self-employed workers. Without urgent action, the government risks exacerbating the creative sector’s ongoing problem of elitism."

Read our analysis of how the budget will affect Equity members and the arts industry