SMA lobbies for new entrants and more assistance for self employed

Following the announcement from the Chancellor to offer 80% or proven income for freelance and self-employed workers, including our members concerns continue around the conditions of the offer and delay in any payment. We also are worried for new entrants: – working, well trained SMs – without even 1 year tax return to prove income (NOTE that you can be eligible for the Govt. support with a minimum of 1 year filed accounts) , and often without a contribution history for ESA and UC either. Equity have now released information on the first agreements with theatre managements and their associations for minimum financial compensation for SMs casts and colleagues on Equity Standard Agreements