UK Music demands better protection for self-employed workers amid coronavirus pandemic - EpicNews

The performing CEO of UK Music has demanded better protection for self-employed workers within the trade amid the continued coronavirus pandemic.

The name follows a statement made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday (March 20), through which Sunak introduced a coronavirus job retention scheme, the place the federal government can pay as much as 80% of wages for these vulnerable to being laid off as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

Self-employed folks, nevertheless, will solely be capable to entry Universal Credit at a fee equal to statutory sick pay for workers.

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Releasing a press release, UK Music CEO Tom Kiehl stated: “While we welcome the much-needed assist for those that are historically employed, the Government’s proposals fall far in need of the lifeline wanted by the self-employed within the music trade and artistic sector.

“The Government ought to urgently take a look at organising a Temporary Income Protection Fund for self-employed workers and freelancers.

Kiehl continued: “The self-employed make up around 72% of the music industry and are a vital part of its success. They should be offered the same help as other workers who will get 80% of wages up to £2,500 a month if they cannot work due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Many self-employed are facing an immensely difficult time and are worried about putting food on the table, paying their rent or mortgage and other bills. The Government has talked about doing the right thing.  It must now do the right thing and help protect the self-employed and freelancers.”

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UK Music is “a company that represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry – from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to record labels, music managers, music publishers, studio producers and music licensing organisations.” Members embody PRS For Music, the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and extra.

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