The Federation responds to today’s announcement by the Chancellor

September 24, 2020

Responding to today’s announcement by the Chancellor, Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation, said:

"We welcome the emergency measures announced by the Chancellor today, which will support many organisations, workers and freelancers in our sector that are still unable to operate at full capacity due to the pandemic.

However, the eligibility criteria of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme scheme remains unchanged, which means that many of the sector’s self-employed workers - including limited company contractors, PAYE freelancers and the newly self-employed - will continue to fall through the gaps in government support. Many of these people have seen all of their work dry up overnight and it remains vital that they are supported as a matter of urgency. 

We welcome the extension of the Bounce Bank Loan Scheme and look forward to seeing the allocation of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Government will need to be agile as the demand for further sector-specific support becomes clear in what will be a tough winter ahead for the creative sector.

Creative industries are a major driver of economic growth. They bind communities together, delight millions and have the power to lead our regeneration as we reposition ourselves on the world stage. We need an ambitious plan of longer term investment to support this."

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