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21 September 2021

53% of Equity members responding to a new survey say they will experience financial hardship if the government cuts the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift. The proposed cut is due to take place officially on 6 October, although in effect many will receive their last payment with the uplift in September. It will be a devastating blow to many in a sector that has been hit badly by the pandemic.

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21 September 2021

Equity has written to the Government urging Ministers to abandon the planned £20-a-week cut to Universal Credit, which is due at the end of the month, and reverse the reintroduction of the Minimum Income Floor. To add your voice and put additional pressure on the Government, email your local MP using our template letter. The letter includes new statistics based on our recent survey of members that evidences the devastating impact of these changes on creative workers.

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17 September 2021

Last week (12 - 14 September) Equity and other trade unions across the country came together for the 153rd TUC Congress. The events took place online due to the pandemic and over three days a range of motions were passed setting out the TUC’s agenda for the year.

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16 September 2021

Equity recently submitted written evidence to the Government’s consultation on the proposed privatisation of Channel 4. We have also responded to a separate inquiry taking place in the House of Lords, which is currently scrutinising the Government’s plans.

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03 September 2021

Equity activists and allies came together last Saturday to protest changes to Stratford Circus, a thriving community arts centre in East London. These include the removal of both management and arts groups and plans to offer a youth arts service only. There would be no remit or funding for its previously broad spectrum of professional and community arts provision, which ran alongside an existing youth programme.

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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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