Self-employed urged by Government to watch “I, Daniel Blake”, as a COVID-19 Universal Credit education film.

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Self-employed urged by Government to watch I, Daniel Blake, as a COVID-19 Universal Credit education film

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced “unprecedented” package of measures that would see companies receive grants to pay their PAYE workers 80% of their salaries

However for the self-employed and those not covered by the package, the Government has advised the watching of the 2016 Ken Loach movie “I, Daniel Blake” to familiarise those wishing to take advantage of more generous Universal Credit qualifications and other state benefit packages.

At the time of writing, the self-employed are only entitled to claim the Statutory Sick Pay of £94.25/week (if ill)

“In this time of crisis, official Government advice to the self-employed is to familiarise themselves with the benefits system by watching ‘I, Daniel Blake'”, explained government DWP spokesperson, Quentin  St. John-St. Johnson (54), “This will ensure each citizen will become familiar with the term ‘Digital By Default’, the difference between a GP diagnosis and a DWP diagnosis, what ‘fit for work’ actually means and how attractive a career as a sex-worker can be in providing a second income”.

The 2016 Ken Loach movie documents two fictional characters journey through the UK Benefits system during Austerity Measures

“There aren’t many laughs in it”, complained self-employed screenwriter and former professional pub drinker Colin Earlydeath (54) of Barton Stacey, “I got bored after ten minutes, before I watched a documentary about Southampton’s 1970’s hero striker, Mick Channon. In my opinion, Ken Loach should have got Brendan O’Carroll to star. In fact, he could’ve played both lead parts…. what a hoot. ”

“I, Daniel Blake” won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the Prix du public at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival and the 2017 BAFTA for Outstanding British Film

“Excellent credentials from the self-employed creative industry”, Quentin St.John-St.Johnson  exalted, “It just goes to show that one man’s critical expose of austerity in the United Kingdom over the past ten years is another man’s Pandemic Education Tool”

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