Culture sector cautiously welcomes budget but say further support needed

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Industry praises cultural recovery fund but calls for more help for freelancers and insurance cover for events

The chancellor’s budget was cautiously welcomed by the culture sector but industry figures said it lacks detail in key areas and does not do enough to support those who have missed out on government support, such as freelancers.

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The extra £300m investment into the £1.57bn culture recovery fund was praised, as was the continuation of the lower VAT rate until September, but lack of a more substantial package for freelancers was criticised as “insulting”.

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