Tourism: Coronavirus

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Stuart Anderson Stuart Anderson Conservative, Wolverhampton South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking support (a) theatres, (b) museums and (c) other tourist attractions in Wolverhampton after the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State

In order to support the sustainability of the Arts sector, including theatres and museums, DCMS has worked closely with Arts Council England (ACE) to provide a tailored package of financial support. In March, ACE announced a £160m emergency response package to complement the financial measures already announced by the Government and to ensure immediate resilience of this vital sector.

This package includes £140 million of support for artistic organisations including theatres and museums; and £20 million of financial support for individuals, including self-employed theatre practitioners, so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months. More than 9000 individuals and organisations have been successful in applying for this emergency funding. Additionally, the National Lottery Heritage Fund launched the £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund, and Historic England has launched two £2 million Emergency Funds.

The Secretary of State, myself and officials continue to consult the Art and Tourism sectors extensively to ensure we fully understand the impacts of Covid-19 and remain well placed to respond as it develops.

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