Creative Industries Federation responds to four-week England lockdown

October 31, 2020

Responding to the announcements of a four-week England lockdown, Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation, said: 

“This evening’s announcements will have huge ramifications across the creative industries, with many organisations in our sector once again needing to close their doors.

The temporary extension of the furloughing scheme will provide short-term relief for many. However, it remains vital that there is parity between those on payroll and the self-employed, including the many who continue to fall through the gaps of government support. A third of the creative workforce is freelance, and many will see all of their work cancelled as a result of these new measures. They cannot be expected to live on 40% of their income or less, whilst colleagues on payroll receive 80%. 

The suspension of the Universal Credit minimum income floor must also be extended beyond November, as more and more creative practitioners turn to that means of support as a vital lifeline. 

We will be examining the detail of these restrictions and measures over the coming days, ensuring affected creative organisations in all parts of the UK are well-supported over the next month.”

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