New calls have been issued for a sectoral support and stimulus package for freelancer-dominated industries such as events which will be affected by the delay in lifting Covid restrictions.
The Government needs to provide a sectoral support and stimulus package in light of the delay to the easing of lockdown restrictions in England which will particularly hit freelancer-dominated industries such as events, the night-time economy and the creative sector, says a freelance campaign group.
IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) has said the four-week delay to the easing of lockdown restrictions will be “another sharp blow” to freelancers in these industries and that a sectoral support package could filter down from hiring business to the freelancers and self-employed people in their supply chain.
Andy Chamberlain, Director of Policy at IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), said: “The delay to the easing of lockdown restrictions will be another sharp blow to freelancer-dominated industries such as events, the night-time economy and the creative sector. These are industries where you can find many of the million freelancers who are still excluded from support and the delay will make matters even worse for them.
“These sectors have been pummelled by the financial damage of the pandemic, and many freelancers working in these areas are running on fumes and taking on debt just to get by. Although there may be a clear case for delaying the easing of restrictions, government must match this with further and more targeted support to these devastated sectors and the freelancers who work in them.”
He added that a support package would not only support people through the continuing restrictions, but also enable them to get back on their feet quickly when the economy re-opens.