Sunday Politics Show
Appearing on the BBC Sunday Politics Show, Arts Council CEO, Roisín McDonough and Chair of the Committee for Communities, Paula Bradley MLA, urged the NI Executive to back the Communities Minister’s bid for £33 million for arts and culture. They said the funding, announced in July by the UK Chancellor, needs to be allocated in full and as originally intended. Ms McDonough and Ms Bradley highlighted the many benefits that the arts bring to people’s lives, from the economy to education to improved mental health and wellbeing, and the devastating impact that the pandemic has had on the activities and livelihoods of the people working in the arts. Both recognised that, after decades of underfunding, the lowest per capita spending on arts on these islands, and now the repercussions of Covid-19, the situation has become parlous. They agreed that, if we truly want to preserve the structures, the expertise and the talent that is needed to mitigate and rebuild the creative and cultural sector once the worst of the pandemic has passed, this sector needs the full £33 million Barnett allocation. And it needs it very soon.
The NI Executive is due to make an announcement shortly.
See interview at the following link (requires BBC account) – www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000mptp/sunday-politics-northern-ireland-13092020