Arts and culture is still a national priority – The Yorkshire Post says

The arts is a significant contirubtor to the UK economy.The arts is a significant contirubtor to the UK economy.
The arts is a significant contirubtor to the UK economy.
IT is important not to under-estimate the economic – and social – significance of arts and culture to Britain as the country continues to come to terms with Covid-19.

This is a sector that was said to be worth over £10bn a year to the country and responsible for 360,000 jobs – a number which is comparable with the size of Bradford’s population.

Yet, while the Government did announce a “world-leading £1.57bn rescue package” for “Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries” just over a month ago, progress distributing this money to crisis-hit theatres and venues appears to be painfully slow.

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And far from considering it ‘job done’, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden should be banging the drum for arts even louder – and making the case for Yorkshire’s much cherished cultural institutions playing their full part in Britain’s recovery. Indeed, the stage is set for him – if he can see the bigger picture...

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

Editor’s note: first and foremost - and rarely have I written down these words with more sincerity - I hope this finds you well.

Almost certainly you are here because you value the quality and the integrity of the journalism produced by The Yorkshire Post’s journalists - almost all of which live alongside you in Yorkshire, spending the wages they earn with Yorkshire businesses - who last year took this title to the industry watchdog’s Most Trusted Newspaper in Britain accolade.

And that is why I must make an urgent request of you: as advertising revenue declines, your support becomes evermore crucial to the maintenance of the journalistic standards expected of The Yorkshire Post. If you can, safely, please buy a paper or take up a subscription. We want to continue to make you proud of Yorkshire’s National Newspaper but we are going to need your help.

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Sincerely. Thank you.

James Mitchinson


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