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April 2014
Branch Newsletter
Yorkshire Ridings General Branch

Issue 15

Dear __NAME__

What’s going to be discussed at the ARC?

At the next Branch Meeting we will consider the motions that will be discussed at this year’s Annual Representative Conference. We will also decide on one Amendment to one motion that the Branch is entitled to submit. Please come along on:

Wednesday 9 April

2.00 pm

The Board Room, West Yorkshire Playhouse
Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP

To submit an Amendment to an ARC motion we need at least 10 Branch members to attend this meeting. Unfortunately less than ten came to our February meeting so we were unable to send a motion to this year’s ARC.

The motions that have been submitted for the 2014 ARC can be downloaded from You will need to log in with your Equity Membership number and password to obtain the document. If you wish to propose an amendment to an ARC motion, it would help if you could e-mail it to or send it to the Branch Secretary before the Meeting.

For travel and parking information:


Changes to National Insurance

From 6th April 2014 Class 1 national insurance will no longer be paid on any Equity contracts. You will instead have to pay Class 2 NICs on that work and possibly also Class 4 NICs. If you are not already registered to pay Class 2 national insurance you will need to do so in order to avoid possible penalties for non-registration and in order to preserve your national insurance contributions record going forward. However, if you are above State Pension age you will not need to register to pay Class 2 national insurance contributions.

Equity has prepared a briefing which explains what to do according to your current position - this can be downloaded from: It is extremely important for you to read this as soon as possible and follow the instructions in that link. If you have questions after reading the link, please either phone the Advice & Rights Helpline on 020 7670 0223 (open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00) or e-mail


Student Members Welcome Here!

Equity has changed its policy on the involvement of Student Members in Branches. Students are now entitled to vote and put a motion at branch meetings; to stand for election to the branch committee and to some Branch officer positions. Yorkshire Ridings Branch wants to encourage younger members to be more involved in the Branch and welcomes this new policy. The full policy can be downloaded from


Towards a Branch Development Plan

Your Committee has decided to draw up a development plan for the Branch. This will consider what the Branch is doing well as well as discuss where we need to make improvements and how to bring about these improvements. The committee has agreed a questionnaire which can be downloaded from:

At its meeting on 5 April, your Branch Committee will begin to consider the Member Engagement section of the questionnaire, which we need to address urgently given the low attendance at the last 3 Branch meetings.

The Committee would welcome your comments and suggestions arising from this questionnaire; please-mail these to


Can You Help us to Raise Some Funds?

Your Equity Branch holds a Raffle to raise money for the branch at each meeting and we need prizes! Can you donate a prize for a future raffle? It would be a good opportunity to recycle something you no longer want for a good cause! If you can spare a raffle prize, please bring it to any Branch meeting.

Your Branch also needs help with Fund Raising. If you have ideas, or can help with raising money for the Branch, please e-mail


Dates for Future Branch Meetings:

Wednesday 9 April 2pm - Branch Meeting at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Monday 12 May 2pm - Meeting at Hull Truck Theatre.

Saturday 14 June 12.30pm – Election Hustings at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.

Saturday 5 July 12.30pm - Branch Meeting with “Creating Without Conflict” speaker at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.


Branch Contacts

Branch Secretary: Pete Keal, tel/fax 01422 885211; e-mail

Contact information for other Branch Officers


Branch Resources:

The Standard Agenda for Branch Meetings can be read at A copy of the Standard Agenda can be downloaded at

To download the minutes of past Branch Meetings, go to and click on of Branch Meetings. Minutes of Branch Meetings since Nov 2012 are now available. You will need to log in to the Equity Web site with your membership number and your password before the Minutes can be downloaded. Notes of the March 2014 Branch meeting will be available soon.


Branch Web Site
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Facebook page (shared with
South Yorkshire Variety Branch)


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Equity Events

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6 April 2014  Equity, Guild House, Upper St Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 9EG

Two industry stalwarts throw open their doors for a day of free workshops, advice and information. No need to book, just turn up and join in.

Branch Events

YRG Branch Meeting Apr '14

9 April 2014  at The Boardroom, West Yorkshire Playhouse Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP

The main business of this meeting will be to consider the motions on the draft ARC agenda and to decide whether the Branch wishes to submit an Amendment to any of these motions.

YRG Branch Meeting May '14

12 May 2014  Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB

Joint Humberside Variety Branch and Yorkshire Ridings General Branch meeting with Hull Truck Theatre Artistic Director Mark Babych speaking.

YRG Branch Meeting Jun '14

14 June 2014  West Yorkshire Playhouse Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP

Yorkshire Ridings General Branch June meeting including a hustings at which some of the candidates standing in the Equity Council elections will be speaking.

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YRG Branch Meeting Jul '14

5 July 2014  West Yorkshire Playhouse Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP

Equity Yorkshire Ridings General Branch meeting with Louise Grainger speaking on Harassment and Bullying at work.

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