Written evidence from Equity CLP0059



Equity is a union of more than 47,000 performers and creative practitioners, united in the fight for fair terms and conditions in the workplace. Our members are actors, singers, dancers, designers, directors, stage managers, puppeteers, comedians, voice artists, and variety performers. Our members work on stage, on TV sets, on the catwalk, in film studios, in recording studios, in night clubs and in circus tents. They are largely in self-employed sectors.


Terms of reference

2. What role have the following factors played in access to the cost of living support payments?

b) Cliff edges: Not being in receipt of a certain means-tested benefit, because households failed to meet certain qualifying thresholds & c) Qualifying period anomalies: issues relating to the timing of benefit payments


d) Receiving a nil award on a UC payment, due to reasons such as sanctioning






Appendix 1 – Minimum Income Floor (MIF)



Appendix 2 – How many claimants could be affected by the MIF reducing a UC payment to nil?






May 2023