Articles - 8th July 2020

How are freelancers going to be affected by the creative industry lifeline?

Words by The UP team

Freelancers Overlooked in Creative Sector’s £1.57bn Covid Lifeline (Freelancer UK)

Freelancers are dismayed at appearing to be largely overlooked in a hefty £1.57billion package to support the creative and cultural sectors and help them“weather the impact of coronavirus.”


Gig Workers Are Here to Stay. It’s Time to Give Them Benefits. (Harvard Business Review)

Even though ridehail drivers are considered “essential” workers, Uber’s business dipped by 80% in April as shelter-in-place orders kept passengers at home. As demand for rides has plummeted, many ridehail drivers have also become uneasy about continuing to work because of the health risk to themselves, their families, and their passengers.

So how do riders find support during these times?


Pressure mounts on the Chancellor to help ‘forgotten’ self-employed whose incomes have all but disappeared (This is Money)

Approximately 230,000 of Britain’s self-employed continue to be excluded from any Government support because they have had trading profits of £50,000 or more in the last three years. 


Self employed scheme: When is the second SEISS grant paid? (The Express)

Self-employed people have had support during the pandemic from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). So when is the second SEISS grant going to be paid? The deadline to apply for the first instalment is July 13, 2020.


Swoon says sorry on social media after accusations of stealing furniture designs (The Telegraph)

An online furniture shop has apologised after it was accused of stealing designs from freelance artist Simone Brewster. 


The ‘gotcha’ moment that shows huge hypocrisy in how Boris plans to reopen creative industries (The Telegraph)

Why is it impossible for the general beauty workforce to get back to business, but okay for Tom Cruise? The criteria for the work that is allowed to come back needs some reconsideration in the minds of many. 


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