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South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine has welcomed a new package of measures from the Scottish Government aimed at helping the cultural and events sectors recover from the pandemic.

The funding, announced by the Scottish Government this week, includes £10million for cultural, community and sporting events and £4 million for museums and galleries.

Commenting, Ms McAlpine says,

“This is great news for Dumfries and Galloway’s cultural and events sectors which have been some of the worst hit by the lockdown with many venues and events unable to resume operation for the foreseeable future.

“£10 million of funding has been announced to help the events sector recover. Funding streams will be set up to provide direct support to organisers of cultural, community, and sporting events, as well as to supply chain firms facing hardship, to help keep them in business while restrictions on events are still in place.

“The Museums Resilience and Recovery Fund will provide a further £4 million for Scotland’s museums and galleries and will aid the return of staff from furlough and the wider reopening of museums and galleries.

“It’s great news that the SNP Scottish Government has recognised the contribution that the cultural and events sectors make to our communities and has put in place these very welcome packages to help them recover from the pandemic. Fingers crossed this means the annual summer events calendar that we’ve all missed out on this year will be able to return as normal in future years.”