Latest WFTV survey reveals two thirds of freelancers have no government support - 20 May 2020

 According to the latest WFTV survey. 67% of UK film and TV industry freelancers have reported being unable to claim financial support under the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), leaving many facing acute financial hardship.


The survey carried out by Women in Film and TV (UK) also found that 16% of PAYE contractors have been furloughed by their employers or former employers under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).


31% of owners of limited companies have been able to make a claim to furlough themselves under the CJRS.


The survey was open to both men and women working in the UK screen industries, and had 937 respondents.


“I would very strongly urge all organisations, where at all possible to provide the option of furloughing for their staff and help prevent real financial hardship,” said Liz Tucker, chair and acting CEO, WFTV. “In addition, I would urge the BBC to provide financial support for those who were working in the public arm of the organisation, who are currently ineligible for furloughing.

"We ask that the Chancellor, as a priority, makes amendmetns to the current financial schemes to ensure that as many freelanceers as possible are supported". 




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