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Two in three UK authors, illustrators report loss of income

In the UK, a Society of Authors (SoA) survey of the financial impact of Covid-19 has found 65% of authors, illustrators and literary translators have reported a loss of income—up from 57% from when the survey was last conducted in May, reports the Bookseller.

Nearly half of respondents reported a loss of more than a quarter of their income, and just 14% said their income is stable since the start of the pandemic. Only 12% of respondents thought the UK government had done enough to support self-employed workers since the pandemic, with only 28% having successfully applied for Self Employment Income Support Scheme payments, and almost none eligible for the government’s furlough or Universal Credit payments schemes.

The survey of more than 500 respondents ran from 7 September to 12 October. Locally, the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is surveying ASA members and non-members on the impact of Covid-19 on the creative community. For more information about the survey, click here.


Category: International news