Chancellor announces support for hospitality and leisure businesses

The Chancellor has announced a package of financial support for businesses in England, which incluldes an additional £30m released into Culture Recovery Fund money and one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises.

Theatres Trust Director Jon Morgan says:

Theatres Trust welcomes the government’s decision to release an extra £30m from the Culture Recovery Fund to support theatres and other cultural organisations in urgent need of support. The additional mandatory grants of up to £6,000 are also welcome and will be particularly helpful to smaller theatres. We hope that both funds are distributed as quickly as possible to help protect theatres. Theatres across the country are already struggling with shows being cancelled due to infections and falling ticket sales as audiences follow government advice to be cautious, so this support is very much needed. 

Read the full details of the announcement on the government website.

Updated 23 December: The government has committed another £30m to the Culture Recovery Fund as well as £1.5m to support freelancers. Read the government press release.