The Government's UK-wide, £500m Film and TV Production Restart Scheme (introduced in July 2020) aimed to help film and TV shows struggling to get insurance for COVID-related risks to get back into production. It made direct compensation available to producers that incurred costs caused by coronavirus abandonment or delays to eligible pre-existing and new productions.

The Scheme closed for applications on 30th April 2022.

Scheme users are able to submit their claims up to 23:59 GMT on 30th September 2022, for losses occurring up to 23:59 GMT on 30th June 2022.

The administrator will be in place up to 31st December 2022 to settle all remaining claims, so productions are asked to submit their claims as early as they can and respond promptly to information requests.  

Productions should also be aware that DCMS has appointed BDO to provide Post-Event Assurance (PEA) on the Scheme. PEA is a form of audit which is undertaken after payments have been made, to provide assurance to government that payments and processes have been completed accurately and within the Scheme rules. It will also seek to identify any indications of fraud and/or error. BDO will test 20% of all paid claims and their associated applications, requiring further evidence. More details will be provided if your claim is selected for testing.

If you have any questions, you can contact Marsh Commercial's dedicated Restart team:

T: 0333 015 1253