Chair of the DCMS Select Committee, Julian Knight MP, comments on Government announcement of £1.57bn support package for cultural sector

The chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Julian Knight MP, has commented on the Government’s £1.57 billion support package for the cultural sector.

He said:

“This is the first step to help prevent some of our major cultural institutions from going under. This money is welcome and should take some out of the danger zone, if only temporarily. But to secure their long-term future there needs to be a targeted sector deal, possibly involving more generous tax breaks.

“We know that 1 metre social distancing doesn’t work economically for most theatres and venues in the UK. We ultimately need to have a means by which these organisations can open safely and gain the confidence of the public.

“We’ll await further details in the guidance when it is published.”

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