One Dance UK Spring Budget 2017 Response
One Dance UK Chief Executive Andrew Hurst said: “This last Spring Budget rightly focussed on education and developing the skills and opportunities for young people. We must ensure the arts are central to this as we know that arts and dance education has a real and tangible impact on overall educational attainment, promotes both physical and mental health and wellbeing, encourages social cohesion and contributes significantly to Brand UK.”
It is encouraging to see additional Government investment into parts of the education system, and this must extend even further to ensure that all schools are given the vital resources and support they need to be able to offer a well-rounded curriculum.
The Chancellor spoke of the “quality of children’s education and teaching” in the context of technical skills and the role this plays in raising “productivity and living standards”. However, it is critical that access to arts and cultural education for every young person is also an integral part of this.
We welcome the Chancellor’s confirmation of planned investment in school sports and healthy living programmes, within which dance can play an important role.
We also note that particular consideration needs to be given to the number of self-employed and freelance workers in the UK dance sector, in light of planned increases to National Insurance contributions for the self-employed.
As this Spring Budget prepares Great Britain for a future outside of the European Union, we must ensure that the UK dance sector has the robust safeguards in place to enable it to continue to thrive and flourish in the years to come.
One Dance UK looks forward to continuing to work with the Government to foster and celebrate the rich and valuable contribution of the UK dance and creative industries.