Covid-19 Update - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:58 pm on 6th July 2021.

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Photo of The Earl of Clancarty The Earl of Clancarty Crossbench 1:58 pm, 6th July 2021

My Lords, come 19 July it will be all too easy to assume that everything is okay in the arts and night-time economy. Is the Minister aware of the recent Public Accounts Select Committee report which says that without a government-backed insurance scheme there is a “survival threat to festivals”—pretty strong words. The report also backs further support for freelancers and the technical supply organisations decimated by Covid. It will be a hard road back, and I hope the Government continue their support, including plugging the gaps in support that remain.