James welcomes £1.57 billion support package for arts and culture

James has welcomed news that the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will benefit from access to emergency grants and loans to help them weather the storm of the Coronavirus outbreak. James had been lobbying Ministers for further support in the light of the serious impact that Coronavirus has had on the sector and the jobs and livelihoods sustained by it.

The £1.57 billion package announced by the Government represents the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture.  It will provide a lifeline to vital cultural and heritage organisations across the country hit hard by the pandemic, ensuring they stay afloat and protecting multi-billion pound industries that are famous around the world for the future.

This builds on the unprecedented financial assistance the Government has already provided to the UK’s cultural sector through the pandemic, with loans, business rates relief and furlough support. More than 350,000 people in the recreation and leisure sector have been furloughed since the pandemic began.

In giving his support to the announcement, James said:

“The UK’s art and culture industry helps define our national spirit and I welcome this money which will help safeguard the sector for future generations - ensuring art groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat and support their staff whilst their doors remain closed and curtains remain down.”

“This is also welcome news for students at our great arts and drama colleges in the constituency looking to start a career in the sector.  I hope today’s announcement can help provide much greater confidence for the future.”