Chancellor’s Spring Budget provides welcome tax relief but does little else to support the creative industries

15 March 2023

Responding to the Chancellor’s Spring Budget announced today, Head of Bectu Philippa Childs has said:

“Whilst the extension of much-needed tax reliefs for our creative industries are very welcome, today’s Budget was another missed opportunity to solve the fundamental issues preventing this sector achieving its full potential.

“Low pay and precarious conditions across the creative and heritage sectors – but particularly in our theatres – have resulted in a recruitment and retention crisis that threatens our world-leading position.

“The government must match its support for businesses with a real plan to improve pay and conditions for the creative workforce that is still reeling from the impact of the pandemic.”