Advocacy Update: June 2019

18 Jun 2019

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What would you like policy makers to improve and change to enable the UK dance sector to continue to thrive?
How is dance is making a real contribution to your local community?

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June highlights

We have formally welcomed Rebecca Pow MP, newly appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism (replacing Michael Ellis MP), in her new role and are arranging a briefing on the dance sector.

Our work on Brexit continues, most recently having arranged calls for Government officials with our member companies to discuss their EU travel needs. The information will be used by DCMS to inform policy development on business travel as part of future trade negotiations with the EU and other trading partners.

Following work with members of our Honours Advisory Committee, the dance sector was celebrated as the Queen’s Birthday honours were awarded to Sir Robert Cohan CBE; Kate Prince MBE; Sammy Stopford MBE; June Ranger BEM; Eileen Lindsay BEM; and Maurice Stone BEM.

Keep Informed, Get involved

The latest Taking Part survey statistics have been published. The report which tracks cultural engagement in the UK shows that over the period October 2017 to September 2018, 77.9% of adults had engaged with the arts (including dance) at least once in the year, and 63% of adults had engaged three or more times.

Ofqual released full entry figures for all GCSE qualifications which saw an increase in the number of entries for AQA GCSE Dance in the current academic year. The number of entries has risen by 8%, the first increase in several years, with over 200 new schools delivering the qualification, including schools in Northern Ireland, England and Wales. However, these statistics may include some schools who have made the decision to transfer to GCSE Dance from other qualifications. GCSE entries for subjects that do not feature in the English Baccalaureate have fallen again in 2019, recording a drop of nearly 10% year on year.

The Creative Industries Federation, of which One Dance UK are members, and Arts Council England have released a report ‘Public Investment, Public Gain: How public investment in the arts generates economic value across the creative industries and beyond’, including a useful snapshot f the value of the arts and cultural sector.


The Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that local councils spending on cultural saw cuts of more than 40% between 2009-10 and 2017-18.

Ahead of national Creativity and Wellbeing Week, NHS England published a blog by Southbank Centre about how arts and culture are making great strides in helping to keep people well, aid recovery and support longer lives better lived, including the Southbank Centre’s (B)old Moves dance course for people with a dementia diagnosis.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published its review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), to which One Dance UK provided evidence alongside UK Theatre, SOLT and the Independent Theatre Council. The MAC has recommended that the occupations of “skilled classical ballet dancer” and “skilled contemporary dancer” remain on the SOL (the SOL is an official list of occupations for which there are not enough resident workers to fill vacancies, which helps recruit artists from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland with less bureaucratic admin).

The Conservative Party leadership race continues, since Theresa May’s resignation earlier this month. Boris Johnson continues to be a front runner. Tory party members will vote on the final two candidates from 22 June, and a new Party leader should be in place by 22 July. The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) found that only six out of the ten original candidates have mentioned the phrase ‘creative industries’ while speaking in Parliament, and of those six, only four have mentioned the sector more than once.

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.

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.

See the current membership of the Group here. Please make sure to let us know about any contact you have with national and local politicians.

Key Dates

  • Parliamentary recess – House will rise for summer recess circa 20 July – 5 September (dates TBC)
  • Party Conferences 2019:
    – 14-17 September, Bournemouth – Liberal Democrat Party Conference
    – 21-25 September, Brighton – Labour Party Conference
    – 29 September – 2 October, Manchester – Conservative Party Conference
    – 13-15 October, Aberdeen – SNP Conference