Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Equity

  Following on from your conversation with Equity's Councillor Miriam Karlin OBE, and Equity's Research and Parliamentary Officer, Kelly Wiffen, I am writing to follow up your suggestion that Equity attends Select Committee hearings as a witness in the future.

  Equity would certainly welcome the opportunity to speak on those issues discussed by the Committee that are relevant to our members. One current issue we would be keen to discuss with the Committee is arts funding. As you are aware, the additional £25 million awarded by the Arts Council of England last year was, in part, intended to improve the terms, conditions and working environment for performers. We are not convinced that this intention has been implemented, and have been unable to get the Arts Council to investigate until all the money has been distributed. We are concerned therefore, that this money will continue to be allocated to areas other then those that will benefit performers, and that it will be impossible to rectify this situation when all the money has been allocated. As you will no doubt appreciate, this is an area of pressing concern and we would welcome the Committee's investigation.

17 January 2002

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