Creative Industries Federation join forces with Federation of Small Business, Prospect and Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed to call for Freelance Commissioner
Today, the Creative Industries Federation have joined forces with business organisations, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Prospect and the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) to call for a Freelance Commissioner and Future Workforce Commission, to build more resilience into the UK’s self-employed workforce.
The call is in response to figures from the National Audit Office, which revealed that almost 3 million people are falling through the gaps of government support schemes, unable to claim from either the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, with some ineligible even for benefits.
In a letter to the Chancellor, the organisations state that:
“We strongly believe that freelancers and creative entrepreneurs are central to the future of UK industry and our post-pandemic recovery.
These workers have enabled UK sectors like the creative industries to be highly innovative, fast growing and world-leading, but we’re at real risk of losing those people and skills forever.
For years, industries have embraced many different types of working arrangements, with the self-employed working alongside employees in a highly agile and effective way - arrangements that the UK will need to increasingly adopt if we are to retain the quality of our product and global competitiveness. However, the inequity of support between these workers has undermined this relationship and has the propensity to have long-term negative impacts on our economy and society if we don’t act now.”
The organisations continue:
“With this Commission and Commissioner, we can collectively ensure that the UK champions innovation and entrepreneurialism as we emerge from the pandemic and reestablish ourselves on the world stage.”
Read the full letter to the Chancellor here.