Govt are “shirking their duty” on live events

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media, & Sport, Jamie Stone MP, has today brought a debate to Parliament on the issue of Government-backed insurance for live events.

The Government has come under increasing pressure to underwrite contingency insurance for live events in a bid to prevent the cancellation of festivals and other live production this summer.

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has previously said that 92.5 per cent of members would not be able to proceed with their summer plans unless they were insured by the Government.

Speaking after the debate, Mr Stone said: “I really am disappointed by the Government’s approach to this whole thing.

Jamie Stone

“They know the issue of insurance for live events falls under the responsibility of the Treasury but did not bother to send anyone from that department.

“With organisers desperate for direction, the Government are shirking their duty to the live events industry.”

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