Campaign Timeline: March 2021

Campaign Timeline

March 16, 2021

Words by Angelica Bomford

3rd March 

Chancellor’s Spring Budget Statement 

After almost a year of campaigning, the Federation welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement that the Self Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended to the newly self-employed. Other welcome Budget interventions include the extension of support schemes until September, an injection of £408 million into arts and culture, a six-month extension of the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme and greater flexibilities in the apprenticeship scheme.  

Although these measures are very welcome, the Federation argues that greater support is still needed, particularly for those reliant on audiences and for those who continue to fall through the gaps of support schemes, including PAYE freelancers and limited company contractors.  

“As venues plan for a summer reopening, it is disappointing that proposals to introduce government-backed insurance for live events have not been adopted. There are also still thousands of people in our sector who are falling through the gaps. More than just support, we need urgent structural change to ensure freelancers – a vital part of our future workforce – have every opportunity to thrive.” 

– Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation