This sector is worth £2bn a year to the economy here and 25,000 jobs depend on the ability of theatres and other arts venues to reopen as soon as possible.
As such, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Northern Culture is to be commended for taking the initiative – the arts was one of the North’s greatest success stories before Covid struck.
And there’s no reason why the APPG’s work cannot be replicated by other Parliamentary groups – in particular those pertaining to the Northern Powerhouse, Yorkshire and wider ‘levelling up’ agenda.
If they can advance similar inquiries, it should also make it easier to make the case – again – for a full-time Northern Powerhouse and Levelling Up Minister to co-ordinate policy and answer questions regularly in the Commons.
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