UK Music briefed Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee members in advance of their oral evidence session with the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. Select Committee member Kevin Brennan MP used UK Music and MU research to raise the gaps in the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) in our sector. Steve Brine MP also raised the immediate hardship people in the creative sector are facing, and the need for support to bridge the gap until June. Tom Kiehl welcomed the efforts of the committee here. You can watch the session here.
Issues with access to SEISS for many in our sector was also highlighted to the Business Secretary Alok Sharma by Anna McMorrin MP at the Treasury Select Committee oral evidence session. It was also put to the Government by the Earl of Clancarty in a question in the House of Lords (here).
UK Music also briefed members on the House of Lords on ongoing issues. Vice-Chair of the APPG on Music Lord Tim Clement-Jones contributed to a question in the Lords highlighting that the music sector and particularly the live music sector is being adversely affected by COVID-19 and the support needed, with emphasis on the post-lockdown support package that is needed (here).