Covid 19 virus

Covid-19

WGGB has been working hard to protect its members during the Covid-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of our lobbying and campaigning work. You can find out ways that you can get involved in the ‘Online activism’ section of our Covid-19 advice page for members.

  • Leading playwrights and theatres have backed best-practice guidelines we launched on 12 May 2020 to protect writers and the health of the sector during lockdown and our campaign for a New Commissions Fund to support new writing. Find out more here.
  • We welcomed the Government’s package of financial support to help the self-employed during the crisis (see our response here) and we are now lobbying hard, with our sister unions, on behalf of those creative workers who are not covered by the Government’s support measures. Read our letter to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak here.
  • Alongside sister organisations in the creative industries, we wrote a letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden calling for the establishment of a UK Creators Council to assist the Government in its Covid-19 response to supporting the creative industries.
  • We welcomed a report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 23 July 2020 which backed our calls for an extension and expansion of SEISS and the establishment of a UK Creators Council.
  • We welcomed the Government’s announcement in July 2020 of a £1.57 billion support package for the arts, but have called for more detail (read more).
  • The Scottish branch of WGGB has called for £20 million of Covid-19 funding to support creatives affected by the pandemic. Read more.
  • We are supporting the Federation of Entertainment Unions’ #NoCreativeLeftBehind campaign. To make your voice heard, take a photo of yourself with your job title, post it on social media with the caption #NoCreativeLeftBehind, tag your local MP and ask them to take part (find out who your local MP is here).
  • The Covid-19 situation is changing rapidly, and we are talking behind the scenes to employers, Government and policy-makers to make sure writers’ rights remain firmly on the agenda. So do bookmark this page and keeping checking back for up-to-date campaign news.

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