Urgent and specific action needed from government for freelancers, says Bectu

17 March 2020

Our response to the chancellor’s statement on coronavirus.

Philippa Childs Head of Bectu, responding to the Chancellor’s economic measures announced this evening, said:

“The Chancellor was right to say that COVID-19 is an economic crisis, it’s one which is affecting freelancers today. The measures he announced on mortgage payments and on alleviating hardship are welcome but there was no specific mention of freelancers and it is hugely unclear how any of the measures he did announce will benefit them.

“Bectu research shows that 97% of freelancers are dissatisfied with the government’s response to the crisis. Nothing that has been announced so far will change that. We need urgent and specific action from the government in the coming days or it may already be too late for many freelancers to avoid financial ruin.”

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