Budget today announces more funds for the Arts but will it go to freelancers?

The Govt will announce a further £400M for the arts to cover the extended lockdown in the budget today.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under renewed pressure to also provide greater financial security to the arts sector’s self-employed workforce in the Budget, as the findings of a new inquiry warn of a talent exodus without support.

The Inquiry into the Future of Self-Employment carried out by Prospect – the parent union of BECTU – calls on the chancellor to end “the exclusions from the government’s income support packages”, which have seen millions of self-employed and freelance workers fall through the gaps of existing financial support schemes.  Read More

It is reported that The Chancellor has said he “is preparing a Budget that provides support for people”.

SMA and AAPTLE will join with the Entertainment unions and others in the industry to continue to lobby for funds to be made available to support the freelance theatre and live events workforce – so crucial to any successful reopening-  a group that we and many colleagues argue have not been well served or supported by Govt. funding choices previously during the COVID-19 crisis. 

“Culture secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed chancellor Rishi Sunak would announce a further £400 million to the government’s existing £1.57 billion recovery fund, with the extra money earmarked for theatres, museums, galleries and live music venues.  “It’s a relief we can look ahead, so this funding is not just about survival, but planning and preparing for reopening of theatres, galleries and gigs,” he said.”