Speaking in an urgent question in the Houses of Commons Ruth Cadbury MP has urged the Government to ensure that the creative sector, such as community theatres and art centres, receive adequate support in the Government’s new funding package for the arts and creative sector.
Raising the local example of the Watermans Art Centre Ruth called for further clarity and support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to ensure that smaller venues can survive, especially when they face uncertainty about when they can re-open.
Speaking after her question Ruth said:
‘‘I welcome the Government’s decision to finally provide much needed support to our arts and creative sector. Whether it’s our great local theatres like the Chiswick Playhouse or the Watermans Centre, our growing digital and media industry in Chiswick or our awarding West End shows we have a world class arts and creative sector here in London and across the UK.
However I know how difficult the past few weeks and months have been, especially for those unable to work. I’ve had hundreds of emails from people across the sector, many of whom are extremely anxious about whether they’ll be able to work again, in a job which they love.
I know that even with this support that there are still gaps. Many freelancers still can’t access the Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employed Support Scheme, and I know that many theatres and music venues face great uncertainty about whether they’ll be able to open this year. That’s why it’s vital that the Government fix these gaps.’’
Ruth’s full question during the urgent question can be found here.