The Federation responds to the Prime Minister's address to the Commons
Responding to the Prime Minister’s address to the Commons today, Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation, said:
Whilst safety must be a priority, the announcement of a second lockdown will have a devastating impact on the UK’s world-leading creative sector. The lead up to Christmas is a key time for many in the creative industries, including fashion, advertising, publishing, museums and the performing arts, and further support will undoubtedly be needed as many creative organisations, only just starting to get back on their feet, will once again need to close their doors.
Although it is welcome to see support for the self-employed reinstated at 80% of profits, an opportunity has been missed to extend the Self Employment Income Support Scheme to cover all self-employed people. The National Audit Office estimates that 2.9 million people have fallen between the gaps, unable to claim through either the Job Retention Scheme (furloughing) or the Self Employment Income Support Scheme. Many of these people work in the creative industries, and will, once again, see all of their work dry up overnight. These gaps must be plugged as a matter of urgency.
As we move forward, we will need creative entrepreneurs more than ever. We will need great ideas that drive us out of recession and into the future. We need to move away from this sticking plaster approach of support schemes, and instead think systemically, about how we can grow entrepreneurialism, and ensure parity for all.