Global News in Brief: Freelancers’ Plight to Be Focus of Social Media Campaign

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The British branch of Women in Film and TV has launched a campaign to highlight the huge number of freelancers who have been left unable to claim for either of the U.K. government financial schemes, leaving them in financial hardship.
Each day the organization, part of an international network of more than 13,000 women working in the entertainment business, will post across Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn the story of a freelancer who has fallen through the gaps of the schemes.
Liz Tucker, chair of WFTV (U.K.), said: “We already know from our recent survey that around two thirds of freelancers have been unable to claim under the government schemes, but when you read the individual heart-breaking stories of these individuals, the true personal impact of those left with no financial support real hits you. It is simply wrong and deeply unfair that these freelancers have been left with nothing.”
The organization has made a number of recommendations for changes to the government schemes to allow more freelancers to benefit.

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