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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Arts

Question for Treasury

UIN 73087, tabled on 13 July 2020

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to exempt arts institutions that are unable to operate from contributing to the cost of furloughing their staff in August 2020.

Answered on

21 July 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until October. The Government understands that different employers and sectors will face different challenges in getting up and running again. However, it is not feasible to vary the approach on contributions for individual employers.

It is the case that some organisations will be affected by coronavirus for longer than others, and the Government will seek to support these organisations appropriately. On 5 July the Government announced a £1.57bn package to support thousands of vital cultural organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will provide targeted support to organisations across a range of sectors, including performing arts and theatres, museums and galleries, heritage sites, live music venues and independent cinema, in order to protect cultural organisations of international, national and regional importance.

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