Ministers pledge £500million to aid coronavirus crisis-hit film sets

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MINISTERS have pledged £500 million to get the cameras rolling on Britain’s crisis-hit film sets.

The money will cover the insurance of productions hammered by the Covid lockdown.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he was glad to give the film industry a ‘jump-start’

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “The UK’s film and TV industry is the envy of the world.

He added: “It’s vital that productions get the help they need to restart as part of our plan to kickstart jobs following the lockdown.

“This targeted scheme, which will help fill the gap created by the lack of available insurance, will help protect tens of thousands of jobs, from actors and directors through to camera operators, costume designers, and runners.

“The sector is worth over £12billion to the UK’s economy, so it’s right that we do what we can to help them reopen and get back to making the films and shows that we all love.”

Film sets, like this one at Pinewood, had to close during lockdown

 

 

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our screen industries are high growth, jobs creating and showcase the best of British creativity and innovation.”

He added: “I’m pleased we can give them this jump-start to get the cameras rolling again on this £12 billion industry.”

The film and television production industry supports more than 180,000 jobs in the UK.

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