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Arts Council Responses

OAUK was very pleased to read the statement by Arts Council England on Sunday and particularly welcomed its understanding of the challenges facing individual artists and freelancers and encouraging organisation to honour contracts. We urge all employers and contractors to follow this lead. Creative Scotland has a similar statement, as does the Arts Council of Wales.

London Funders

The London Funders network – which includes BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Greater London Authority, several Local Authorities, Mayor of London & Nesta – has issued a statement which outlines their approach to the organisations in receipt of grant funding in London and beyond; it includes a commitment to stand by their organisations and a flexible approach to activities, dates and finances.

Small Business Grant £3000 | Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Several people have been looking at the measures that the government are putting into place for businesses and what help will be available for individuals. Much of the detail is yet to be revealed so it is hard to say how it might effect those working in the cultural sector. Here is some further information at this point but it is by no means clear cut.

The Government has announced a £3000 Grant scheme for small businesses affected by Coronavirus. There will also be a ‘Business Interruption Loan’ scheme administered by British Business Bank. Details of how to apply are still to be finalised, but these pages seem like a good ongoing source.

Statutory Sick Pay | Universal Credit

There are ways to claim SSP, even if you are not in employment, but the criteria are tight; if this is not possible, you may need to register for Universal Credit.

If you are not eligible to receive sick pay you can apply for Universal Credit or New Style Employment and Support Allowance. You can also apply for these if you are prevented from working because of a risk to public health.