Campaign Timeline: November 2020

Campaign Timeline

December 17, 2020

Words by Angelica Bomford

2nd November

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is extended at 80% of income

Following campaigning, the Federation welcomes the extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme at its original 80%, however warns that “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 JRS or SEISS schemes.  These gaps must be plugged as a matter of urgency.”

8th November 

Creative Industries Federation and Creative England present largest virtual event for the creative industries, ‘Creative Coalition 2020’

The Federation and sister company Creative England bring together leading practitioners from across the creative sector in the largest event of its kind, to discuss how to reimagine, redefine and reignite the creative sector.

 “There has never been a more important time for us to come together. What has become clear is that we can’t carry on like this. We can’t go back to business as usual. We need a rethink. And we need to connect.”

– Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation

The festival spans 3 days, comprising 6 virtual stages, over 200 speakers and more than 60 sessions including talks, performances, panels, workshops and speed networking.  More than 5,000 people attend from across the world to hear speakers including Sir Steve McQueen, BBC Director General Tim Davie, Ruby Wax, June Sarpong and George The Poet.

20th November 

Federation convenes leading business organisations to call for a Freelance Commissioner and Future Workforce Commission

The Federation convenes the Federation of Small Businesses, Prospect Union and the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed to call on the Chancellor for a Freelance Commissioner and Future Workforce Commission to explore how to build more resilience into this part of our workforce. 

“We need to rethink the way that government interacts with, and supports, freelance workers. A sticking plaster approach of payroll and self-employed support schemes can’t be the only answer.  We need a full, comprehensive root and branch review of what the workforce of the 21st century needs in order to be resilient”

– Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation

25th November 

Chancellor’s One-Year Spending Review is announced

The Federation welcomes the Chancellor’s focus on levelling up and innovation in the one-year Spending Review, along with the recognition that investment is needed to grow and evolve particularly hard hit sectors like the creative industries. 

While a replacement to Creative Europe MEDIA is welcome the Federation calls for urgent replacements to other EU funded programmes, such as Creative Europe CULTURE, as well as greater support for freelancers who continue to fall through the gaps of government support schemes.