The Government has announced that £60 million of funding will be made available to help to support the cultural sector. This includes a figure of £30 million which will be made available as emergency funding to museums, theatres, cinemas and heritage organisations to help them through the current Omicron difficulties.
Rishi Sunak (photo above), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said in a statement:
“Our arts, culture and heritage sectors bring joy and enrichment to our day-to-day lives, and rarely more so than at Christmas. So we understand how devastating the uncertainty caused by Omicron has been. This new funding, alongside the new grants of up to £6,000 we announced earlier this week, will support the sector as we together face this difficult time. We’ve supported the cultural sector throughout the pandemic, and we’ll continue to do so.”
Lucy Powell, the Shadow Culture Secretary, called on the Government to do more, saying:
“The Government needs to take further action to support the sector before we see the demise of many of our treasured theatres and venues across the country and a nightmare before Christmas for freelancers and workers for whom this should be their boom time of the year. Labour is calling for the Culture Recovery Fund eligibility criteria to be opened up so businesses and workers don’t fall through the cracks, and for the Government to review the Reinsurance Scheme which as designed is totally inadequate. Ministers have lost their grip, and it is theatres and workers across our towns and cities who are paying the price.”