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Debates and questions

S5W-30599: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 9 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when the National Partnership for Culture will report to it on how to respond to challenges facing the culture sector arising from COVID-19.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 4 August 2020

The National Partnership for Culture, chaired by Joanna Baker CBE, had its inaugural meeting on 24 June 2020. It had its second meeting on 23 July, at which it confirmed its terms of reference, which have now been published on the Scottish Government website.

The Chair contributed to the preparation of the Advisory Group for Economic Recovery report and recommendations on culture in June 2020.

The Partnership has contributed thinking on priorities for use of the £97m of consequentials from the UK Government for the recovery and renewal of the culture sector, and has convened a working group to further consider specific responses to the challenges facing the sector as a result of the pandemic. The Partnership will update the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture on this work in August and expects to publish its first annual report on its work in January 2021.