COVID-19 TV and film relief fund welcome, but more must be done

24 March 2020

The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create the new fund, established with a £1m donation from Netflix, to help support the creative community, which has been devastated by the pandemic.

In response to the announcement

Head of Bectu Philippa Childs said:

“This is welcome news and it is brilliant that the industry is coming together to create a much needed hardship fund during these troubled times.

“However, this is not enough. The government must step in and provide assistance to the many freelancers who are desperately worried about whether they will be able to pay the bills, feed their children and have the same stability that has been given to other sections of the economy.

“We are urging all freelancers in the creative industries to write to their MP and explain why further measures are needed from government.”