Statement from Viva La PD, the voice of the UK’s freelance TV producers and directors, on the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee’s report on the impact of covid-19 on the creative industries, and the Chancellor’s response to the Treasury Select Committee’s report on gaps in the Government’s support schemes, both released this week:
“Viva La PD is pleased that the DCMS Select Committee took on board our representations, and we strongly support its call for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme to be urgently amended so it covers creative sector workers who’ve been excluded to date. This would be a lifeline to the thousands of taxpaying freelance TV producers and directors who’ve not received a penny of support during lockdown.
“We were deeply disappointed by the Chancellor’s cursory response to the Treasury Committee's report on gaps in the Government’s support schemes, slipped out a day after Parliament closed for the summer. But we won’t let him sweep our concerns under the carpet — not with so many freelancers struggling to stay afloat financially and mentally, and our industry facing a flight of talent.
“So rather than saying sorry while cutting us adrift, Mr Sunak should listen to the DCMS Committee, think again about the Treasury Committee’s recommendations on closing the gaps in support, and engage with the APPG on the Excluded urgently to discuss practical solutions.”
Viva La PD Spokesperson / Co-Administrator
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Viva La PD is an independent peer-to-peer community group for Television Producer / Directors, with over 1250 members.
In April, Viva La PD published a report “Freelancers: Fighting For Survival” based on a survey of almost 1000 TV professionals, to produce an up-to-date assessment of Covid-19's impact on the freelance television workforce. It found that fewer than 1 in 5 freelancers were working during lockdown.
In June, Viva La PD published key findings from a follow-up survey of nearly 2000 freelance professionals in the TV industry “TV Freelancers: Six Lost Months”. The survey found over half of TV freelancers are ineligible to government support schemes, and face losing half a year of income.
James Taylor, Viva La PD Co-Administrator / spokesperson is available for contact.