Advocacy Update: February 2020

18 Feb 2020

Members of the APPG, including new Chair Luke Pollard MP

The inaugural AGM of the Dance All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) was held in Parliament, electing Officers and reconstituting the Group, Co-Chaired by Luke Pollard MP and Baroness Hooper. One Dance UK was also re-elected as Secretariat for the Group. Reach out to your local MP using this template to encourage them to become a member of the Group, making sure to point out you’re a local constituent, including your address and post code and that you work in dance. You can also share One Dance UK’s Manifesto for dance with your local MP asking them to pledge their support. Find your local MP by entering your post code here.


Arts Council England has published its new 10 year strategy ‘Let’s Create’. The Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) have shared this summary for the education implications. Culture sector thought leaders have suggested an alternative to the strategy: ACE in a hole? An alternative cultural strategy for England.

Brexit Update: In terms of trade arrangements with the EU post Brexit, between 1 Fe‌br‌ua‌ry and 31 De‌ce‌mb‌er 2020, there will be an implementation period. There will be no changes to the terms of trade with the EU or the rest of the world during this time. From 1 Ja‌nu‌ar‌y 2021, the way the UK trades with the EU will change and organisations will need to prepare for life outside the EU, including new customs arrangements.

The Government is to scrap the £30,000 minimum salary threshold for migrants arriving after Brexit under plans for an Australian-style points immigration system. One Dance UK has been working alongside creative and culture campaigning organisations to secure this change. You can see the Creative Industries Federation, of which One Dance UK are members, response here. You can see the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report: Points-Based System and Salary Thresholds here, to which One Dance UK submitted evidence.

The Government will also introduce a new Global Talent visa, replacing the previous Tier 1 visa and removing the cap on the numbers allowed to apply for it.

The European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (ECCD) released this statement in relation to Brexit outlining the key points of concern for culture and diversity in the forthcoming trade negotiations with Europe.

A reminder of One Dance UK’s Brexit info webpage.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reshuffled his Cabinet. Oliver Dowden MP was appointed as the new Culture Secretary – the thirteenth Culture Secretary in as many years. Caroline Dinenage MP is the new Arts Minister. You can see the new Ministerial Culture team here and the full list of Government Ministers here.

Julian Knight MP has been elected as the new chair of the DCMS Select Committee.

Arts Council England have launched their Digital Culture Compass – a new, free online toolkit, here to help you use digital technology more effectively in your organisation.

The Welsh Government has set up a new body, Creative Wales, to invest in skills and boost home-grown talent. The creative industries represent one of Wales’ fastest-growing sectors, with an annual turnover of more than £2.2 billion, and employing over 56,000 people – 40% more than 10 years ago.

Deborah Bull and Chi Onwurah MP have been appointed as new Co-Chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Creative Diversity.


  • New statistics from the Department of Culture reveal that the Creative Industries contributed more than £111bn to the UK economy in 2018 and the sector is growing more than five times faster than the national economy. The Cultural Sector contributed £32.3bn to the UK economy in 2018 – up 2.7 per cent from the previous year.
  • As part of its Learning About Culture project, the UK’s largest ever study into the value and impact of arts-based learning for children, particularly those experiencing disadvantage, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) have published a report of case studies, Arts Rich Schools.


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The Dance APPG exists to promote dance as an art form and as an important element of healthy living and the fight against obesity, and to promote its education and social benefits.

If you ask your local MP to join the APPG, express to them how their membership of the Group would be an incredibly valuable declaration of commitment to the importance of dance in the UK and would be extremely appreciated by their local constituents involved in dance.

Please make sure to let us know about any contact you have with national and local politicians.


  • 11 March 2020 – Budget Statement
  • April 2020 – Labour Leadership Election
  • Summer/Autumn 2020 – Spending Round