‘Forgotten’ freelancers call for ‘urgent help’

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Freelancers in the media have been left homeless, using food banks and even suicidal after being unable to access government support schemes during lockdown, campaigners have said.TV and theatre workers are among those highlighted by MPs, who say a million people have fallen through the cracks.A presenter who started a petition said they had been “discriminated against simply for the way that we’re taxed”.The chancellor has said he’s unable to protect every business and household.Many in the creative industries have not been eligible for furlough or the self-employed grant.Jodie McCallum, who presents entertainment news programmes for BBC Scotland and ITV2, has gathered 7,500 signatures for a petition asking Downing Street to extend its support.She said it was “outrageous” that people like her had been left out, meaning many will be forced into debt or have to give up on their careers.’People can’t afford to survive’Her shifts have dropped from five per week to one per week, and she warned that it will be “devastating for our creative industries” if only the affluent can afford to stay in the sector.McCallum said: “People that are working class aren’t going to be able to afford to …

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