Sunak’s £400m to get theatres and museums open

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to give an extra £408m to the arts and communities in tomorrow’s Budget to help theatres and museums to reopen when lockdown restrictions begin to lift.

He is adding £300m to the £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund accounced last summer. National museums and galleries are also to get another £90m with £18.8m is being allocated to cultural community projects.

“Throughout the crisis we have done everything we can to support our world-renowned arts and cultural industries, and it’s only right that we continue to build on our historic package of support for the sector” Sunak said.

“This industry is a significant driver of economic activity, employing more than 700,000 people in jobs across the UK, and I am committed to ensuring the arts are equipped to captivate audiences in the months and years to come.”

Theatres and museums are expected to be allowed to reopen from May 17.

 

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