Campaign Timeline: February 2021

Campaign Timeline

March 16, 2021

Words by Angelica Bomford

19th February 

Federation warns of “crippling inequalities across the UK unless government acts now support creative sector 

The Federation warns of “crippling inequalities across the country” as data from their survey of over 800 creative organisations and practitioners reveals that freelancers, microbusinesses and those dependent on audiences are being hit hardest by the fallout from the pandemic. Outside of London, the impact is being felt harder still, with those outside the capital more likely to see bigger turnover decreases and least likely to be able to monetise digital content. 

The Federation calls for urgent interventions in the Chancellor’s Spring Budget to help ensure no part of the sector is left behind.  

Our creative and cultural industries will be needed more than ever as we look to rebuild, spreading opportunity more widely and driving growth in all parts of the UK. With the right Spring Budget interventions, our world-leading creative industries can not only bounce back, they can be enabled to do what they do best: create, innovate and generate world-beating ideas that ultimately enrich our lives, communities and country.” 

Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation 

22nd February 

Prime Minister announced roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England 

The Federation welcomes the milestones for reopening parts of the UK’s creative industries but calls for support, including the Job Retention Scheme and Self Employment Income Support Scheme, to continue until everyone in the sector is able to resume normal levels of operation. The Federation repeats their call for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme to be extended to those who continue to fall through the gaps, including the newly self-employed and PAYE freelancers.