Many sectors have been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis over these last few months. However, as the lock down period begins to ease even further we are recognising that some sectors are struggling much more than others.
Last week I received a letter from Councillor Liz Patel, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Trafford Council and Darren Adams, Manager of Waterside Arts in Sale. Both Cllr Patel and Darren made some clear asks on how the Government can support the culture and creative sector during this turbulent time.
With Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston, we sent a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sport and asked him to respond to the proposals made. As MPs for the Borough of Trafford we value the work of Waterside Arts and the contribution it makes to our local communities, and we will work closely with local Councillors and Future Arts Centres to ensure that we are still celebrating the work of this well-loved community asset into the future.
The latest research from Oxford Economics, commissioned by the Creative Industries Federation, shows the devastating impact nationally of lockdown on culture and the creative industries:
– A drop of £74 billion for the UK’s creative industries in 2020 (£1.4 billion a week).
– 406,000 (1 in 5) creative jobs expected to be lost – more that nine times the entire workforce of British Airways or almost triple the workforce of Asda in the UK.
-Creative Industries GVA projected to fall by £29 billion (-25%), with the creative industries being hit twice as hard as the wider UK economy.
– Music, performing and visual arts projected to lose £11 billion in revenue (-54%) and 57% of jobs (178,000) with theatre, recording studios and concert venues remaining closed.
Greater Manchester has the second largest cluster of creative industries after London and the South East, so now is the time for the Government to take action to support the cultural sector for the long term.
Please find a copy of the joint letter below.