A new 90 second video has been put together highlighting the plight of millions of self-employed workers who are falling through the gaps of the recently announced Government Coronavirus financial schemes intended to support them, whether PAYE Fixed term contracts, Sole Traders/Schedule D or Limited Companies.
The video has been made by a multi-award winning team including Executive Producer Jane Merkin and Composer Simon Russell, graphics by Compost Creative, marketing by Juliet Simmons at Piece of Cake and social media support, The Social Biz Experts, with the backing of Talent Manager and BECTU.
“On the 25th March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised ‘parity of support’ for all workers, including the self-employed who are unable to work because of the Coronavirus. This has failed to materialise with millions falling through the gaps. We are not asking for anything more than the support on offer to those in long-term employment and don’t deserve to be abandoned in our hour of need,” said Jane Merkin, Freelance Executive Producer.
The Institute of Fiscal Studies estimate that 2 million self-employed workers will not benefit from the Government’s financial aid schemes. Some sectors of the self- employed are being hit harder than others because of the complex and irregular nature of their employment. BECTU, the union for Film and TV workers, estimate that almost 50% of their members will not qualify for any of the new schemes on offer, and are denied access to even Universal Credit as our savings are too high.