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Arts sector workers face ‘grim future still’, Chancellor told

British theatre is facing “decimation” with the Chancellor’s new measures offering “little to help”, an industry body has warned.

ishi Sunak said new support, which will replace the furlough scheme, is aimed at protecting “viable” roles.
Many people in theatre, including composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, have said it is economically “impossible” to run theatres with social distancing.

Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, said the Chancellor’s announcement did “little to help the theatre and performing arts sector where the majority of venues and productions remain closed due to Covid”.
“Our previously viable and world-beating sector is facing decimation as with no income, organisations cannot bring their staff back to work,” he said.
“Without targeted and vitally needed support for the workforce in this sector, we will see further job losses and redundancies.
“While the extension of the self-employed scheme is welcome, with the amount offered reduced to 20%, thousands will face real financial peril.”

Chair @JulianKnight15 responds to @RishiSunak’s Winter Economy Plan: “We welcome this economy-wide intervention from the Chancellor. However, it still leaves many hundreds of thousands of workers in events, arts and cultural parts of the economy with a grim future. …” (1/2)— Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (@CommonsDCMS) September 24, 2020

Conservative MP Julian Knight, who is chair of the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) select committee, said he welcomed the “economy-wide intervention”.
But “it still leaves many hundreds of thousands of workers in events, arts and cultural parts of the e
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