The Federation responds to today's Spending Review

November 25, 2020

Responding to today’s Spending Review, Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation, said: 

We welcome the Chancellor’s focus on levelling up and innovation in today’s Spending Review, along with the recognition that investment is needed to grow and evolve particularly hard hit sectors like the creative industries. Our sector plays an integral role in not only driving economic growth, but creating better, healthier and happier places, and we know from research that a targeted and tailored approach is what’s needed to ensure strong recovery in all parts of the UK. 

EU funding has been crucial in enabling creative entrepreneurs and organisations to deliver social and economic value, whilst cementing the UK’s position as world-leading. We look forward to seeing the long-awaited details on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and urge that government consults with industry as it pilots these new approaches. Confirmation of a Global Screen Fund to replace Creative Europe MEDIA is welcome news, but urgent clarity is needed on what will replace Creative Europe Culture and other EU-funded programmes. 

Creative and digital skills will be integral to the workforce of the future, and we will work closely with government and industry to ensure these skills are nurtured in every part of the UK. However, we are disappointed that there remains no recognition of the many who are still falling through the gaps of government support schemes, unable to claim either Job Retention or Self Employed Income Support. This part of our workforce will be fundamental to the sector’s recovery, and it is crucial that government does more to understand - and support - this vital part of our workforce. As such, we have joined forces with the FSB, IPSE and Prospect, to call for the introduction of a Freelance Commissioner and Future Workforce Commission. Read the letter here.

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