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SNP savaged for failing to recognise funding in Commons row 'incidentally forgotten'

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Health Minister Caroline Dinenage hit out at SNP’s Jack Nicolson in the House of Commons as he said the UK Government’s help in the creative industries sector has come too late. Ms Dinenage pointed out the SNP Government would receive £57million through the Barnett formula as Mr Nicolson raged over a lack of funding for self-employed workers. The Barnett formula is the mechanism used by the Treasury in the UK to allocate funds to devolved administrations.

Speaking in House of Commons, Mr Nicolson said: “All of us are conscious of how tough this virus has been on our galleries, museums, cinemas, theatres and live music venues.

“For too long the UK Government left our creative industries in uncertainty and accumulating debt.

“I regret that for organisations who have already gone under this help is too late.

“I welcome the announcement of £1.57billion lifeline after weeks of campaigning by the creative communities and my colleagues on these benches.

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“The UK Government has shown no intention of supporting those not eligible for the self-employed income support scheme.

“If this isn’t addressed, we risk losing a generation who cannot afford to survive without income.

“Will the Minister clarify how much, if any, of this funding will go to self-employed workers in the creative industries who have slipped through the net and how will she ensure these funds urgently reach the organisations who have been desperately pleading for help.”

Ms Dinenage replied: “I’m sure the honourable gentleman also meant to welcome the £57million that will be going to Scotland via the Barnett formula as well.

Their row comes as the Government announced a £1.57 billion support package to “protect” the future of Britain’s museums, galleries and theatres.

Independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues are also eligible for the emergency grants and loans.

The Government said: “Repayable finance (for the loans) will be issued on generous terms tailored for cultural institutions to ensure they are affordable.”

Arts Council England, the Royal Opera House, the Society of London Theatre & UK Theatre, and the Music Venue Trust were among those to welcome the funding.



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