Covid-19: Cultural and Entertainment Sectors

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:29 pm on 2nd March 2021.

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Photo of Colum Eastwood Colum Eastwood Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle 3:29 pm, 2nd March 2021

The Minister will be aware that many entertainers and venues across my constituency and every constituency have been absolutely decimated; their livelihoods have been taken off them. Does she agree that one way to deal with that is to have a creative approach to taxing creatives, as they do in the Republic of Ireland, where there is the artists’ tax relief? The reduction in the VAT rate for ticket sales could be extended to help venues get through this very difficult period.