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Reimagining where we live: cultural placemaking and the levelling up agenda: Committee publishes Government response

3 February 2023

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee publishes the Government response to its report on the role of culture in ‘levelling up’ the UK.

The report, published in November, warned that theatres, museums and leisure centres were facing an ‘existential threat’ from the cost-of-living crisis and called for targeted support, such as through VAT or business rate relief, to prevent ‘exacerbating long-term scarring’ of those already hit hard by Covid-19.

In response, the Government states that it continues to work with cultural, sporting and media sectors to gather evidence for those hardest hit. It highlights the broad support available from the Energy Bill Discount Scheme, which will come into force in April, and the higher level of support for ‘Energy and Trade Intensive Industries’.

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