WFTV Event: Forgotten Freelancers – What Next?

With many freelancers and self-employed workers now into their sixth month without little or no income and there being little evidence that government policy is likely to change. This panel event discusses what should be the next step in the campaign to get a fair deal for all?

Excluded founder, Sonali Joshi, whose group has led much of the campaigning for those unable to access either of the government’s support schemes will be joined by MP Daisy Cooper, a member of the Gaps in Support All Party Parliamentary Group, and Philippa Childs, Head of BECTU, in a discussion hosted by WFTV chair, Liz Tucker.

As this is such an important issue, this event will be open to members and non-members, men and women.



Sonali Joshi

Sonali began her career in  film programming at Manchester’s Cornerhouse (now HOME), before moving into film distribution in Paris, then heading up the translation subtitling department of a London based post-production house.

She founded Day for Night in 2006. Running film festivals, national film release campaigns and promoting accessibility in cinema and the arts, Sonali’s work is rooted in enabling broader access to visual culture.

In May 2020 along with two others, she founded ExcludedUK, to support and campaign for those excluded from UK Government Covid-19 financial support.


Daisy Cooper

Daisy Cooper is the member of parliament for St Albans. Elected in the 2019 General Election, Daisy she became the first liberal to hold the seat since 1904. Daisy is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Justice, and for Digital Culture Media and Sports.

Before being elected, Daisy was Campaigns Director of More United. She previously worked in international affairs for ten years, campaigning for LGBT+ rights abroad and against human rights violations in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.


Philippa Childs

Philippa is the Head of BECTU. Prior to this she was a national secretary at the union, Prospect. A former civil servant she joined Prospect in 2000, having previously worked for education and civil service unions.