This week I questioned the Minister for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on visa arrangements for UK musicians in the EU. Once again, the Government refused to take responsibility for their incompetence and we are left with more questions than answers.
World class production companies like Adlib in Garston and Halewood, are faced with great uncertainty and this Government refuse to acknowledge this. British workers should not be disadvantaged by the Government’s failure to stand up for their jobs.
Loss of earning opportunities is a kick in the teeth for the industry, many of whom have fallen through the cracks in the Government’s support schemes during the pandemic. The Tories have not responded to suggestions from the sector and independent voices such as the IFS on flaws in policies like the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) could work better.
The Government have promised time and again that they would deliver for British creative workers and ensure they could travel to and perform in the EU after Brexit. They have not delivered on their own objectives and blame the EU for their failure to agree promised EU visa scheme for musicians, events & creative industries.