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MetiNews.Com - MP Catherine McKinnell urges government to support cultural organisations and businesses before they're gone for good
Breaking News ! Newcastle's cultural and entertainment businesses are "fighting for survival", Ministers have been warned. Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, has called on the Government to support Newcastle’s cultural and entertainment scene before it is irreversible devastated. She was speaking in a debate in the House of Commons on support for businesses, after more than half a million people signed petitions calling for extra assistance for industries including events, performing arts, nurseries, and aviation. Research from Oxford Economics for the Creative Industries Federation has warned of a "cultural catastrophe", with the North East projected to lose 1,800 creative jobs and endure a £400 million economic hit in 2020. Ms McKinnell said she had been contacted by people working in a range of industries from performing arts, to music venues and dance studios. One told her: “Over the recent period of lockdown I have watched as theatre after theatre has closed down, unable to remain afloat due to the incredible lack of funding already present within the industry and have watched so many of my friends and colleagues being made redundant.” Read More Related Articles Boris Johnson promises to dual A1 all the way to Scotland and build thousands of North East homes Read More Related Articles Northumberland MP calls for furlough scheme to continue beyond October 31 Another constituent, a manager of a grassroots venue in Newcastle, has called for unused business support grants to be redirected to the sector. He said: "Support the release of enough of this unspent economic war-chest to ensure that musicians have somewhere to perform once the Covid crisis is finally behind us.” The performing arts and creative industries have been one of the worst hit by this crisis, as they generally have been unable to operate in any way.
. This is because projecting your voice or singing indoors is an activity with high risk of spreading coronavirus, making live theatre or concerts impossible. Many venues will also be unable to open while social distancing rules are in place, because the limit on the number of people they can admit makes it difficult to make a profit.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Ms McKinnell said: "So many venues do not know when they will be able to reopen and are fighting for survival. I was contacted by a dance school that just wants to know when it might be able to reopen. We have seen what has happened to tourism businesses, self-employed people— I could go on; there are so many." Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a speech earlier today that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will set out plans next week to support the economy. Mr Johnson said: "I can tell everybody, businesses that next week the Chancellor will be setting out our immediate plan to support the economy through the first phase of our recovery."
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