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30 Mar 2020

UK's DCMS Committee to hear from charities over impact of COVID-19 outbreak

The UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) will meet this week to hear from charities over the level of government support needed to ensure their survival in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Committee will remotely convene tomorrow (Tuesday 31 March) to consider the increased demand facing these charities during a time of growing financial pressure.

Concerns over the long-term impact the coronavirus is expected to have on these charities will also be discussed.

Committee chair Julian Knight, MP for Solihull, has urged the government to take immediate action in order to safeguard the sector, while DCMS' secretary of state and culture secretary Oliver Dowden has been called upon to confirm whether funding would be available for charitable and voluntary organisations working directly on tackling the coronavirus, as well as charities at risk of insolvency.

Witnesses to the meeting will include Karl Wilding, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), and Martin Houghton-Brown, CEO of St John's Ambulance, with further witnesses expected to be added.

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In brief:

London Transport Museum goes digital (and gives special offers on its amazing socks @bernarddonoghue) @ltmuseum [more...]
Mary Rose Museum faces £2.2m funding shortfall as chief calls for increased independent museum support during COVID-19 crisis @MaryRoseMuseum [more...]
British Museum appoints Mary Beard to as trustee following government veto over EU stance [more...]
TEA launches TEA Digital to keep attractions industry connected throughout COVID-19 outbreak @TEA_Connect [more...]
UK's DCMS Committee to hear from charities over impact of COVID-19 outbreak @CommonsDCMS [more...]
Public comes to zoo's aid following call for animal food donations @TropiquariaA [more...]
BALPPA moves annual expo to November [more...]
A team led by Feilden Fowles (@FeildenFowles) has won the National Railway Museum's (@railwaymuseum) competition run with Malcolm Reading Consultants (@malcolmreading) to design its new Central Hall with an elegant timber-frame rotunda. [more...]
Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours for more than 500 museums following closures @googlearts [more...]
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