Advocacy Update: January 2020

21 Jan 2020

January Highlights

As the advocacy body for dance in the UK, One Dance UK is delighted that the dance sector has again been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. This acknowledges the strong contribution that dance – in all its diverse forms – makes to the health and well-being of our nation.


Take Action

  • Share One Dance UK’s Manifesto for dance with your local MP asking them to pledge their support. Find and your local MP by entering your postcode here. You can also check out Arts Council England’s Advocacy Toolkit which has updated guidance on how best to engage with MPs, Local Authorities and LEPs. The Creative Industries Federation (CIF) have this handy infographic you can also share with your local MP, setting out the value of the UK’s creative industries.
  • Are you a freelancer concerned about late payments? – The Creative Industries Federation (CIF), of which One Dance UK are members, want to hear from you. Email [email protected] (please let us know if you would like to remain anonymous) and we will feed in your responses to help CIF make the case more impactfully to government and others, including their call for a Freelancer and Self-Employment Commissioner.


Keep Informed, Get involved

Brexit Update: The UK is due to leave the EU on 31st January. After that, the future relationship between the UK and EU will continue to be negotiated during the transition period that will expire at the end of 2020. During the transition period, the UK will still be bound by EU law and will still benefit from its existing trading and mobility arrangements. However, it will not be part of the EU’s political institutions or take part in its law-making activities. Check out One Dance UK’s Brexit info webpage which is updated with resources and latest news.

Following the General Election, Nicky Morgan has been made a Peer and remains as Culture Secretary. The full current Culture Ministerial team can be seen here. A Government Department reshuffle is expected in early February however so watch this space.

Tracy Brabin MP becomes the new Labour Shadow Culture Secretary.

The Labour leadership race continues, with a successor to Jeremy Corbyn to be appointed in April 2020. See profiles of current frontrunners Sir Keir Starmer MP and Rebecca Long-Bailey MP.

The Queen’s Speech opened a new Parliamentary session just before Christmas, setting out the Government’s legislative agenda. See the BBC’s analysis here.

For the last 18 months Arts Council England have been shaping their ten-year strategy for 2020-2030. Simon Mellor, our Deputy CEO Arts and Culture, blogs about the final round of consultation findings. The report is expected to be published on 27 January 2020.

Peer Deborah Bull calls for arts to be eligible for research and development tax relief.

ACE’s national portfolio organisations will receive a 1.84% funding boost for the year 2020-21.

Arts Council England has announced that regularly funded arts organisations in England will be required to report on the socio-economic background of their employees from 2020.

The European Council’s Finnish presidency has proposed a 4.6% cut to budgets including to funding for Creative Europe for 2021-27.

A year-long, nationwide project celebrating the importance of local arts centres to England’s cultural ecology is being launched this month to mark the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery.


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Remember, to keep informed and get involved in advocating for dance, you can:

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Check out MPs on Twitter and find and engage with your local MP on social media. Don’t forget to invite your local MP to join the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dance and share the Dance Manifesto.

Write to your local MP
Tell them about your organisation, how many local people you reach and the benefits they enjoy from engaging in dance activities. Invite them to come and visit you, perhaps to see a show, class, rehearsal or to tour your facilities…find your local MP

Spread the word
Email Hanna to let us know of any upcoming performances or events that you would like for us to consider including in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dance programme of events.

Dance All Party Parliamentary Group
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.


Key Dates

  • 27 January 2020 – ACE 10 year strategy to be published
  • 31 January 2020 – Brexit
  • Expected beginning of February – Government reshuffle
  • March 2020 – Budget Statement
  • April 2020 – Labour Leadership Election
  • Summer/Autumn 2020 – Spending Round