As the SAG-AFTRA strike passes ten days, the UK’s Film & TV Charity is reminding people who work in the TV and film sector of the financial support on offer.
The charity’s stop-gap grants are available to help people working across the film, TV, and cinema sectors to meet urgent financial needs, said a spokesperson.
With both the actors and writers’ strikes and the cost of living crisis in the UK, the charity said it had “definitely noticed” an increase in the number of people applying for its grants in recent weeks.
“As a result, we are increasing promotion of our financial support to make sure that people who do have an immediate financial need can access the help available,” added the spokesperson. “We also provide a range of other wellbeing services that can support people during this time, with budgeting advice, counselling, and other sources of support available through our website and Support Line.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and want to encourage anyone who might need support to get in touch with us. Anyone who is able to make a donation will also be making a material difference to their colleagues’ financial and emotional wellbeing.”
The UK’s cost of living crisis and the on-going strikes have already had an impact on the UK’s production sector. Last week, TVBEurope reported on the closure of outside broadcasting company Procam Take 2, which the company’s CEO said was in part due to the writers’ strike.