We champion the priorities of our Federation members, working with them to influence both policy and practice.
We unite all parts of the UK’s Creative Industries with one powerful voice, holding government to account and campaigning for change.
Through consultation with our members, we have set three policy priorities for 2022-23: Redesigning Freelancing, Accessing Finance and Championing Creative Skills.
Shaped by our members, partners and Freelance Champions [link], Redesigning Freelancing is a UK-wide initiative which will empower organisations and freelancers working across the creative economy to tackle inequalities and create a more sustainable future for our growing workforce.
In November 2022, we launched the UK’s largest freelance survey. Working closely with members, partners and nine Combined Authorities, the project Redesigning Freelancing sets out our vision for freelancing. It aims to design an industry-led Freelance Framework containing resources to support freelancers and organisations to find practical information and implement best practice. In July 2022, in partnership with the Greater London Authority, we co-led a full-day event to gather insights on issues faced by creative freelancers to inform our future activity.
Championing Creative Skills
Working with members and partners, we will shape and deliver a UK-wide campaign to increase positive sentiment toward the value of creative jobs among those who influence the career choices of young people – parents, guardians, teachers and cultural influencers – to unlock new talent and diversify the sector’s talent pipeline.
In 2022, we championed creative education by convening senior political advisors at the Department for Education, together with our members, to discuss priority concerns. We responded to the HE reform consultation announcement and our submitted response stressed the importance of protecting our creative talent pipeline at all levels; advising against additional barriers for creative students and education providers via the potential introduction of student number controls and minimum eligibility requirements. We also supported the #protectstudentchoice campaign, to advocate the ongoing funding and delivery of high quality Level 3 vocational, creative qualifications.
To work with us in shaping this campaign and partner with us on its delivery, members can join our Creative Skills and Futures Network. Find out more about our membership.
Bullying and Harassment
Working with DCMS, we have convened a series of industry roundtables addressing Bullying and Harassment and we are supporting the development of training and best-practice resources for the Creative Industries, as well as establishing the CIISA (Creative Industries Independent Standards Authority) with Times Up UK to address gaps in reporting particularly for freelancers.