Creative Industries Federation warns of “crippling inequalities” unless government acts now to support UK’s creative sector.

New statistics show that creative freelancers, microbusinesses and those dependent on audiences are seeing the biggest financial hit as a result of the pandemic, with creative industries outside of London hit hardest.

The Creative Industries Federation, the membership body for the UK’s creative sector, warned of “crippling inequalities across the country” as new statistics paint a picture of a sector that needs further support, as it seeks to find new ways to adapt and monetise creative work.

The Federation has called on government for urgent interventions including the expansion of Creative Industries Tax Reliefs, a Culture Innovation Programme, a government-backed insurance scheme for live events and an extension of income support measures, including for those who continue to fall through the gaps of support schemes, to help mitigate the long-term effects of the pandemic on communities up and down the country. In addition, the Federation continues to call on government to seek urgent renegotiation with the EU to remove barriers to touring and delivering creative services across Europe.

It is particularly worrying that the impact is being felt hardest outside of London, where  the creative sector is likely to take longer to bounce back. The creative and cultural industries will be needed more than ever as we look to rebuild, spreading opportunity more widely and driving growth in all parts of the UK. Failure to act now could result in crippling inequalities across the country, with ramifications much broader than our sector.

Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation, said:

Creative industries bind communities together, are a major driver of economic growth and are integral to our collective wellbeing. However, what today’s statistics reveal is that there are still many parts of our sector that are facing real, significant hardship, particularly small businesses, freelancers and those reliant on audiences

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